What is IEEE?

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was founded in 1884 by Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla and others.  It is a strictly not-for-profit technical and professional society. Today it has over 400,000 members worldwide, with 16,000 in Canada.

What is TISP?

The Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) connects IEEE volunteers with pre-university educators and students.  Our volunteers share their real-world experiences, and demonstrate engineering, science and mathematics concepts.


There is much concern about Canada’s international ranking among the OECD countries in teaching science and math, University enrolment in science and math is also declining.  Therefore, it is important to encourage K-12 students to take a greater interest in science and engineering.

What does TISP do?

TISP offers workshops to both IEEE volunteers and teachers and provides a wide range of very detailed lesson plans. They can be accessed for free on the web.  Each lesson plan includes hands-on activities designed to encourage students in the art of problem-solving.  At this time we have about 120 lesson plans available.  These are very popular among new teachers and teachers who are returning to teaching science and math after a spell teaching other subjects because the curriculum-compliant lesson plans save large amounts of preparation time.  Last year, TISP International recorded over 8 million downloads.  In addition to English, selected lesson plans are available in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.

TISP in Canada

TISP Canada began its journey in 2009. IEEE Canada has 20 Sections, as shown in the above map, 13 of them are currently involved in TISP activities. TISP is a work in progress, and welcomes active participation of all Canadian IEEE Sections.