Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Initiating Community STEM In West Africa

InsightSTEM West Africa Family and Community STEM held it first Community STEM exploration event at SMART LIBERIA hall (9th street, Sinkor). This event brings together 18 parents and 16 kids from various communities to engage in exploration activities. This event marks the first of its kind in West Africa with support from InsightSTEM.

Our West African coordinator (Simmie S. Nyanfor, Jr.) presented an overview of InsightSTEM and pending family and community STEM programs to be implemented in West Africa. Meanwhile, the director for Family and Community STEM and KinderSTEM  in West Africa (Johnnason L. David, Jr.) explained to parents and kids the differences between Family STEM, Community STEM, and KinderSTEM as its related to the work of InsightSTEM in West Africa.

He clearly stated that Family STEM is a series of events where parents and kids engage STEM explorations and learn to learn together, He also explained that Community STEM Explorations are considered to be one off events for adults and kids to engage together in STEM exploration. KinderSTEM is another initiative where InsightSTEM works with teachers working with the youngest kids in the education system aged 4-6 yrs old.

In this event the community members did three STEM explorations: Blobs in the Bottle,  Fizz-inflator, and Build the Tallest Tower. Adults and kids alike were engaged in these activities working together to find the best solutions!

Our Community STEM activities were all designed to engage individuals in STEM exploration, and to democratize STEM knowledge to all, young and old, through exploration.

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