Digital literacy and STEM education outreach for public school students and teachers

Digital literacy and STEM education outreach for public school students and teachers

Between August to November 2018, STEMRES Learning Initiative successfully trained 2,560 students in STEM Education and Digital Literacy. We saw the impeccable importance in exposing the students of these generation to the tools and skills needed in the real life as they get inculcated into the system

Digital Literacy

Here, we focused exposing students to the fundamentals of Web technologies, how websites are built, what drives a web application and makes it accessible across the globe etc. This was be achieved by taking the students through the basics of the most popularly used web technologies: HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). This was of huge benefit to them given the fact that we are in the ICT age and early integration with ICT is an advantage we can’t over-emphasize.

Evaluation: At the end of the Project, we discovered as expected that students have been familiarized t with basic web terminologies relevant to building websites. They were able to write codes for a simple web layout using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), and add necessary styling and formatting to the page using CSS (Cascading Style Sheet).

STEM EDUCATION

Here, the focus was to communicate STEM knowledge in an interactive and engaging manner, in order to drive in the theories the participating students are being taught in the classrooms. While the main participants in the activities were the students, teachers were also carried along in the process in order to expose them to STEM Education and better ways for teaching practical science in the classroom. The settings that was used for carrying out the activities was be such that encouraged the students to ask questions and try out different approaches to solving the challenge posed by the activities . Students were engaged in 8 activities were in during the period of the program.

EVALUATION: At the end of the project, students had mastered some basic STEM concepts like Observation, Testing and Recording, Experimentation, Logical thinking, Self-reliance, Teamwork and Leadership. Also, they had clear-cut understanding of some basic science principles and how they apply to daily living as individuals which in turn can change the belief that science is boring and meant for the most brilliant students. More importantly, they were exposed to a lots of lucrative career opportunities in STEM.

 

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