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IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Educational Services Board, Women in Communications Engineering Committee (WICE), and the TryEngineering Program of the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) are looking for projects created by ComSoc Members designed to explain a communication technologies topic to Pre-University students in various age groups.  Projects should be exciting, engaging, and delivered in a format that is appropriate for younger students to understand.

IEEE ComSoc Members can participate individually or in teams. If you are participating as a team, then at least one female needs to be a member of the team.  Partnership with a university or company willing to sponsor is also acceptable. A letter to indicate support of the partner is required.

Pre-University Hands-On Activity Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winning entries for activities in these various age categories:

Age Category 7-10

First Place
“How Do Mobile Phones Communicate? Our Friends the Bits” submitted by Lianet Mendez, Raquel Pérez Leal, Ana García Armada

Age Category 11-13

First Place
“Demonstrate the Concept of Code Division Multiplexing” submitted by Marc Blumberg

Second Place
“Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, Uses Lasers to Examine a Variety of Surfaces” submitted by Michelle Zhou

Age Category 14-18

First Place
“IoT with a Soft Touch” submitted by Liesbet Van der Perre, Bert Cox, Hanna Deprez, Gilles Callebaut, Jona Cappelle, Sarah Goossens, Geoffrey Ottoy, Guus Leenders, Jarne Vanmulders

Second Place
“Hands-on Activity on the Coverage and Capacity Analysis of a WiFi Network” submitted by Oluwaseun Ajayi

“Digital Escape Room” submitted by Victor P. Gil, Miguel Ángel  Pérez Naranjo, Adriana Moreno, and Kun Chen Hu

A selection of the contest entries will be incorporated into resources for use with Pre-University students and featured on our website.

Hands-On Activity Categories

Contest participants can select any topic related to communication concepts and technologies that are targeted for children of different age ranges.

Topics can be related to any communication engineering technology. Some sample topic areas include:

  • Wireless
  • Networking
  • Optical
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Satellite

Student Age Ranges:

  • 7 -10 years old
  • 11-13 years old
  • 14-18 years old


    Two award winners (either individuals or teams) will be selected per age range:

    • Certificate from WICE and Educational Services Board of IEEE ComSoc.
    • A cash prize with the following distribution:
      • 1st Place: US$1000 per winner (either individual or team).
      • 2nd Place: US$700 per winner (either individual or team).

    Contest entries are due by the extended deadline of 21 October 2022. Winners will be announced by 8 November 2022.

    Submissions are now closed.

    View the full contest details and rules.