JOIN the STAR
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering (WIE)
Student Teacher and Research Scientist/Engineer (STAR) program is a project that aims to
encourage learners, especially females, to consider pursuing engineering and science
professions. The STAR program provides mentorship, tutoring, practical experience,
presentations and tours of companies and universities. 25 STAR learners from a school
with a previously disadvantaged background participated in the STAR program in 2009.
The WIE aims to extend the program to a second school for 2010.
The STAR project team is made up of the IEEE WIE SA committee, the student branch committees at the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town, educators from the high schools and volunteers including alumni from the high schools and university students. The WIE works in partnership with the district office in which each school resides. A partnership with the University of Pretoria has also been formed to include the STAR program as part of the Engineering Department's community service course. Through this course, students will act as tutors for the learners.