IEEE TryEngineering funded

STEAM for Social Good 2022

In 2022 and 2023, the "STEAM for Social Good" program, a collaboration between IEEE Try Engineering, IEEE Education Society Kerala Section, IEEE SIGHT Kerala Section, AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and funded by IEEE Try Engineering, aimed to harness the power of STEAM education for positive societal change. Led by IEEE STEM Ambassador Prof. Gayathri Manikutty, the program empowered middle school children to tackle real-world challenges aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) using technology including robotics, IoT and App Development.

The first edition of the program in 2022 was a 10-day STEAM coding camp and a 2-day Makeathon. The coding camp immersed students in IoT and app development, equipping them with practical skills for innovative problem-solving. A 2 day Makeathon challenged teams to create prototypes addressing specific problem statements based on UN SDGs. Four teams emerged as winners in the Makeathon, each getting awarded Rs. 5,000, igniting their passion for experiential learning.

Some highlights of the 2022 program:

- 43 students (10 girls and 33 boys) in Kochi, Kerala, India participated in the program and made 10 physical prototypes on 4 SDG based design challenges during the Makeathon.

Program highlights

Glimpses of the event

Day 1 Morning Session

The forenoon of the training program started with the children playing a VR game where they interacted with a robot to build a 3 dimensional toy.  Then they moved on to learn about sustainability and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The morning session finished with a thrilling and engaging quiz game on UN SDGs. 

Day 1 Afternoon Session

Children were introduced to BBC Micro:Bit and Microsoft Makecode. They programmed the Microbit to display their name as a name badge and program it as a dimmerstat. At the end of the day children had fun playing once again with the VR Headset. 

Video recording of the Online Sessions

Online Session 1

Connecting Micro:Bit to Thingspeak
Getting started with MIT App Inventor

Online Session 2

Introduction to containers

Connecting to Thingspeak with MIT App Inventor - part 1

Online Session 3

Show and tell