In order to excite young minds, EDS has created the Engineers Demonstrating Science: an Engineer Teacher Connection or EDS-ETC program.
The goal of the program is to enable EDS chapter members to visit local schools or host events designed to engage young students in the field of electrical engineering. By utilizing the easy-to-use Elenco Snap Circuits® kits, students learn about electronic circuits using a "hands-on" approach to experience the exciting and creative field of electronics. We hope to encourage them to consider electrical and electronic engineering as a career.
These versatile tools, along with our members' enthusiasm and expertise, are used to demonstrate the many applications of circuits and motivate young students to explore the electron devices field.
Begun in 2011 by EDS Secretary Fernando Guarin, under then President Renuka Jindal, the program grew with the help of volunteers from the Rochester, Boise and Mid-Hudson Valley Chapters. The program now has dozens of EDS chapters participating, worldwide. Dedicated volunteers are hosting EDS-ETC events with their local science teachers ranging from the 4th through 12th grade levels.
See EDS-ETC in action with this informative video narrated by Fernando Guarin.
Get involved today and host an event!
Join the EDS-ETC volunteer community on IEEE Collabratec to share lesson plans and best practices.
Learn more about the program, including how your chapter can obtain kits at no cost. Contact the EDS Executive Office.
IMPORTANT NEW REQUIREMENTS: Please review in its entirety, the IEEE Guidelines for Working with Children. Before our society can approve kit orders, all volunteers must review the IEEE guidelines AND complete the associated 1 hour online training. A Registration Form (a link is provided in the above referenced Guidelines) must be submitted to the IEEE Office of Risk and Insurance Management Services (ORIMS). Using the Registration Form, all planned events must be registered at least 60 days prior to being held, and EDS asks that you reference the EDS-ETC program in your program description. IEEE ORIMS reviews all registration forms and submits your contact information to the training video administrator. Once volunteer training has been completed, please send to the EDS Executive Office a copy of the certificate of completion to facilitate your kit orders.
Frequently Asked Questions about the IEEE Guidelines: https://www.ieee.org/about/volunteers/risk-insurance/ieee-activities-with-children.html
EDS Forms and Educational Kit Information:
- EDS-ETC Kit Order Form (prerequisite - compliance with IEEE Guidelines for Working with Children).
- EDS-ETC Event Report Form (reports required after each event held)
- Sample EDS-ETC event curriculum
- Certificate of Participation (For student participants -- customize for your event)
- Learn how to use Snap Circuits kits. Watch tutorials on the Elenco Electronics YouTube channel
- Below is a list of products currently used in the EDS-ETC Program:
- Click the link for each model number to view kit specifications and download a free project manual from Elenco Electronics
- Snap Circuits Jr. Educational Model SC-100R
- Snap Circuits Extreme Educational Model SC-750R
- SNAPINO - learn to code using Arduino open-source coding environment SCSNAPINO
- Snap Circuits Green SCG125
- Multimeter M1000E
- QAMA Calculator - the inventor, physicist Ilan Samson
- Request replacement parts for Snap Circuits kits
- IEEE Release - Permission required for IEEE EDS to use photos/videos taken at events