Programs & Outreach
We here at IEEE - Cal Poly Pomona strive to participate and host as many programs and outreach activities as possible. Mixed with the events scheduled throughout the year, we have programs that have stuck year to year, and in our case, even quarter to quarter. Below you will find all of our major recurring programs and outreach programs that we have to offer. The list is mixed with both the old and the young & fresh. However, there has been much planning to drastically increase these numbers in the upcoming academic year of 2016-2017.
Below are links to dedicated pages of some of our programs & outreach events described below.
Micromouse is an international autonomous maze-solving competition. If you are interested in robotics, then this competition is for you! The objective is to build a "mouse" that can solve a maze as quickly as possible. We will go over the basics of micromouse and discuss impotrantr aspects of robotics. Even if you have no intention of participating in a regional competition, you can still gain valuable insight for building any robot. Sign up now to join our team for a unique experience!
If you are interested in participating in this project, please find more information at our dedicated Micromouse Project page.
New to our planned list of activities, IEEE - Cal Poly Pomona plans to form teams to attend various hackathons, especially the local ones like HackPoly, Citrus Hack, Hack UCI, Hack SD, and LA Hacks. Those who are unaware of what a hackathon is, a basic definition is that it is a competition and environment where an individual or teams set out to make anything, both hardware and software, within a limited time frame, which is usually 24 or 36 hours. Most hackathons are well-supported, and they generally have multiple sponsors that help make most hackathons free to participate in.
We will be announcing upcoming hackathons throughout the year, and multiple teams and individuals are highly encouraged to participate regardless if you are a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran.
Student professional awareness experience (spax)
Also fresh to our lineup is the Student Professional Awareness Experience, also known as SPAx. Formerly known as SPAC (Student Professional Awareness Conference), this experience is an event we are proud to be hosting annually beginning April 11, 2015. As engineering students, it is very easy to get lost in the technical realm. However, SPAx is a special event for engineers. It is an event where engineers can develop their soft skills. These professional skills vary, but the most common one you may hear is communication. Alongside creativity and amongst many other soft skills, SPAx brings to light the importance of being a well-rounded engineer who can be both technical and professional in the industry.
This program is interested to all interested students both engineering and non-engineering alike. For more information, please visit our dedicated SPAx web page.
consumer electronics show (CES)
Another fresh activity to our lineup that began in 2015 is the Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES. This annual tradeshow is an exhibit of the best of the best and the newest of the new industrial technologies available in the market. Categories vary by the hundreds and range from Fitness to Automotive Electronics to Gaming to Robotics to Smart Home/Appliances to so much just to name a few. International organizations, such as our parent IEEE, have also been in attendance, which have sported interesting technology, such as racing RC cars with your mind and other fun activities.
A common characteristic of our organization. We, along with the companies that offer, love to provide the members with tours to the actual industries themselves. We are proud to have been able to visit big name companies that include Boeing and Northrop Grumman, but in general, we are proud to be planning these tours in general that include, but are not limited to: Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Ivanpah Solar, Western Digital, and Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
Another common feature of our organization is that we provide various workshops ranging from software to hardware. Our most common workshops include software, which generally consists of PSpice, C/C++/C#, Python, MATLAB, and LabVIEW to name a few. However, we've been fortunate to have more hands-on workshops that include PLC workshops hosted by Chevron and our quarterly soldering tutorials (below). The upcoming 2016-2017 is going to be an exciting year for growth in this category as we have plans to expand these hands-on workshops to activities like Micromouse (below) and 4x4x4 LED cubes. In addition, IEEE - Cal Poly Pomona plans to arrange teams to participate in hackathons throughout the year (see below for details).
Quarterly soldering tutorials
Young in terms of years yet strong based on our steadily growing audience. Intended for members and non-members of all soldering skillsets, the quarterly soldering tutorials offered through our student chapter is young, having only been started in the year of 2012. However, don't let the youth fool you. Every quarter, our numbers have been growing steadily with members from multiple campuses, which have ranged from Mt. SAC to UCLA and USC. Beginner? No problem. Intermediate? Keep practicing good habits. Advanced? Challenge yourself. We provide fun and helpful kits ranging from a Simon Says game to a 3.3V/5V breadboard power supply to use outside of the lab. Not interested? Already did it? Bring your own! Many of our attendees have challenged themselves with kits that required the advanced techniques, such as surface mounting. Themed kits ranged from an LED and music-making Christmas tree to a very bright and colorful heart for Valentine's Day. Whatever your soldering experience or goals are, we are proud to be offering and nurturing an environment to develop such a valuable, technical skill that is not taught in your class curriculum.
If you are interested in attending one of our quarterly soldering tutorials, check out our Soldering Tutorial page to see when our next one is coming up. You may most likely even hear it from word-of-mouth too. Bring your friends and make the experience even more fun!