Expanding Horizons: Engaging Beyond Campus with Educational Outreach Initiatives
In the vibrant ecosystem of our university, student clubs play a pivotal role not only within the campus but also beyond its boundaries. These clubs are more than just extracurricular organizations; they are dynamic engines of change and community engagement.
ITU Volunteering Club
ITU Volunteering Club
ITU Volunteering Club's project called 'Bir Başka Yol' (Another Path) aims to support high school students facing financial or personal limitations in showing interest in education and attending private tutoring. ITU students leverage their knowledge and resources to assist these students, providing lessons for the university entrance exams and fostering an educational mindset. The project also offers tailored exam guidance, necessary support, and promotes a sense of community among university students, allowing them to benefit from social and cultural experiences. In line with project, a team of 25 university students dedicated their time from February 3, 2022, to June 29, 2023, programmed basis to assist 11th and 12th-grade high school students in their university entrance exam preparation.
As an Ad-Hoc event, 'Umut Okulları' (Hope School) Project, the ITU Volunteering Club undertook two significant visits to different primary schools. On May 20-22, 2022, they visited Samsun Veziköprü Samukalan Primary School with 12 participants. Then, on October 20, 2022, the club visited Kastamonu İnebolu Korupınar Primary School with 45 participants. During these visits, ITU volunteers organized a diverse range of workshops, including design, science, dance, dream, theatre, and more, catering to primary school students. Alongside the workshops, our volunteers provided essential materials and support to ensure that the children could fully benefit from these educational experiences.
ITU Environmental Engineering Club
Tears of Water is a civil society initiative carried out by ITU Environmental Engineering Club students since 2008. In this project, our students aim to create an environmental awareness in children at an early age. Therefore, they provide education to our young friends at primary schools, who are the future. They are the most important part of creating an environmentally-conscious society. Through collaborating with universities in different provinces, we reach out to other students in Turkey.
Inline with projects objectives, on March 7, 2022, the ITÜ Environmental Engineering Club visited Hacı Mehmet Şalgamcıoğlu Secondary School, with the participation of 20 individuals.
The aim of the ÇMK Academy project is to introduce environmental engineering and ITU to high school students. ÇMK Academy also offers a two-session education about circular economy, life cycle analysis, zero waste, sustainability in fashion, water footprint and ecological living. On Friday, June 3rd, 2022, CMK Academy were at Sarıyer Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School. Presentations were given on sustainability in education, zero waste, life cycle analysis, and water footprint topics to high school students by ITU Environmental Engineering Club students.
ITU UNIFEB Club
ITU UNIFEB Club successfully organized the 6th edition of the 'Çocuklar Gülünce Aydınlık Gelecek Projesi' (the Bright Future When Children Smile Project) in Izmir from May 26 to May 27, 2022, with the participation of 40 people. As part of the project, our students who visited the school had an enjoyable time engaging with the children. At the end of the day, they also distributed gift packages they had prepared to the students of the village school. (https://www.instagram.com/p/CeCeYCmN2CZ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==)
ITU IEEE Student Branch Club
On May 20, 2022, the STAR Event, organized by the ITU IEEE Student Branch Club, visited Tepekent Borsa Anatolian High School with the participation of 16 participants. During the visit, technical training sessions were conducted for the students, covering various topics. This included training in Arduino, which is an open-source electronics platform designed for creating interactive projects like robotics, sensors, and other electronic devices. Additionally, the students were introduced to Scratch, a visual programming language aimed at teaching coding and programming concepts in a user-friendly way. Lastly, they learned about Scrum, which is an agile project management framework used to enhance collaboration and efficiency in various fields of work. (https://www.instagram.com/ieeeitu/)
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