Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai (RIT Dubai) recently welcomed over thirty high school teachers from across the UAE to their campus for an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Teachers in Service Training (TISP) workshop.
Organised by the IEEE Educational activities board and local UAE sections, the one-day workshop saw science, mathematics and robotics teachers from across the country join together to explore best-practice methods for conducting Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) and using innovative, hands-on teaching methods to encourage motivation amongst students. Delegates also discussed how IBSE activities are aligned to UAE education standards.
Supported by a team of student volunteers from RIT and IEEE, the teachers also enjoyed the opportunity to witness IBSE in practice when they formed groups to sample a lesson plan which encouraged them to build a robot arm that lifted a cup of water, and heard from RIT Dubai student Youssef Ismail who gave a presentation about a drone he recently built.
Dr. Boutheina Tili, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at RIT Dubai, who organised the event, commented: "It was wonderful to have the teachers here and they enjoyed the fun, yet challenging, activities. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to initiate further collaboration between IEEE and RIT Dubai."
Malik Boutekka, a teacher from Lycée Louis Massignon, who attended the workshop, added: "I plan on using the techniques I learnt today in my grade eight and nine lessons. They are studying programming at the moment and I can apply the information from today's workshop - especially the robot arm activity - to help them build models."
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