Mt Sinai Students at the 2016 STEM fair

Design thinking session at Hassan Joho Secondary School

Girls Brainstorming :Design Thinking

Hassan Joho :Assembling Sparkfun kit

Mobile Data Collection Training

Design Thinking Session at Hassan Joho

Learning the Sustainable Development Goals

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Mombasa Girls in STEM

 

TechWomen Kenya is a community based organization based in Mombasa that was formed by 4 alumni of the TechWomen program. In 2015, they were among 48 global recipients of the US State Department’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) and were the first winners of this fund from Kenya.

Their winning project was ‘Mombasa Girls In STEM Solve IT’; a project that aimed to increase high school girls participation in Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technology (STEM). 180 high school girls from 11 schools in Mombasa took part in the first cycle of the project in 2016. In 2017, the organization became 2 time winners of the AEIF. The second phase trained 199 high school girls from 13 schools in Mombasa.

The high school girls were all taken through a custom STEM curriculum and tasked them to create solutions to community problems using the knowledge and skills gained. Over 60 STEM based solutions have been created and presented at two Girls In STEM Fairs.

The project is implemented together with Pwani Teknowgalz.

STEM Curriculum

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Design Thinking

En-amour students with design thinking principles that can be used to engage creative thinking processes and problem solving methods during project design.

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GIS and Science

Explore the usage of Geospatial Technologies and mapping as well as the application of the scientific process in the real world and define genetic engineering and its real world applications.

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Mathematics

Inspire learners to develop their passion for and change perceptions about maths beyond the school curriculum. Lessons include statistics and exploring applications as well as methods and challenges of mathematical modeling.

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Software

Software engineering basics to aid in understanding the basic theory of programming. Lessons are taught using app making websites such as Thunkable and MIT App Inventor.

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Robotics

Introduction to SparkFun Inventors Kit (SIK) and SparkFun Redbot kits. A great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language.

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Web Security

Lessons include learning how to secure confidential data online from unauthorized access and modification on user apps.

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High girls Schools trained
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Professional Ladies trained
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units covered in the Curriculum
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Projects developed and exhibited
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High schools
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