Train the Trainer

One of the goals coming from the TGR Foundation, STEM Studio was to organize and train trainers at the academy and in our network on project-based learning and share all the new resources on bringing STEM to life. In order to ensure that students at the academy have the best experience learning about critical thinking and problem solving it is essential that our trainers are trained in all the new methodologies and approaches to achieve that goal.

The 2 day workshop had trainers learning about project-based learning, online quizzes and games to access students in a fun way, problem solving with challenges, padlet to get even the most quiet student to share and contribute in class, the design thinking methodology which supports effective idea sharing, team work and the feedback process with the gallery walk through. They also got to assemble a fold scope. Foldscope is the ultra-affordable, paper microscope that you assemble yourself. Designed to be extremely portable, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution), Foldscope brings hands-on microscopy to new places! They got examine hair and the trainers went outside to examine other things with the power of a microscope in the hands and their cell phones

Then we had a session on using Scratch for game development by Kevin from Leti Arts. We had three trainers who have joined our network from the Volta Region that we trained and will support as they train others in the Volta region. The trainers also got the opportunity to bond, network ad work as a team.

We are excited to see the impact as the trainers transform their class and bring STEM to life through hands-on activities that develop strengths, define passions and outline career paths.

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TigerWoods Foundation STEM Studio

The TGR Foundation international STEM Studio is a really amazing experience. I am in presence of educators and curriculum development specialists from 15 countries worldwide. Day two saw us develop methodologies for project-based learning. We showed different ways to bring STEM to life for children. From cool tech games that are STEM brain teasers and breakout rooms and games so you actually learn a lot through play, to a microscope that you can fold with paper and lens and discover new things around you to a gallery walk-through of ideas in design thinking and brainstorming process to mindfulness where children learn to focus and concentrate The list is endless.

We also got to interact with a system that allows parks rangers from California parks to give the children a tour of parks and answer questions with the children sitting in the classroom. So they bring the parks and nature to the children in classrooms all over the world.

I got the opportunity to disect a brain. Hmmm for years I learned parts of the brain with just pictures and memorizing data. Finally, it all came to life where I finally got it. To see and interact with a brain and understand how it works.

Can’t wait to get back home and implement all the new things I am learning.#TGREduCreate #soronkoacademy #LovingSTEM USADF

Students from Emerson College

On Friday, May 25 2018, Soronko Academy hosted a group of students and faculty members from the Digital Media and Journalism Department of Emerson College, US, who were on a familiarization visit to the academy to learn how technology and digital media is used to drive social impact.

The students and the faculty members were first taken through a presentation on the history of Soronko Academy and the Tech Needs Girls Movement. The presentation was immediately followed by a tour around the academy to acquaint the visitors with our learning facilities, working environment, and event spaces.

The ceremony was crowned with an exhibition of products by some of the entrepreneurs from our previous ShowCases. The displayed items were proudly made in ghana to celebrate AU day.

We had a good time with our guests and we look forward to more fruitful engagements with them in the future.

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Celebrating Girls in ICT Day

 

Soronko Academy celebrated “Girls in ICT Day” with MTN Ghana Foundation and the event was a remarkable success!

We had 50 girls from La Bawaleshie Presbyterian Basic School who learnt to solve problems and create Mobile Apps with MIT app inventor.

Senior Manager at MTN Ghana Foundation Georgina Asare Fiagbenu said considering the few number of Women in ICT, the foundation thinks it is important to get girls to be motivated to study and pursue careers in technology

We had an informal conversation dubbed “Fireside Chat,” where panelists( 5 influential women in Tech from MTN) spoke about their journey in the Tech world, their challenges, success and why they ventured into Tech careers. The panelists encouraged the girls to be bold to express themselves, learn new things, and never be afraid.

We also had a lady from our Women in Digital Skills class and an Entrepreneur in Training from MEST Africa share their story on why they choose Tech.

The participants drew a prototype of their solution of the challenge on cards with the supports from their mentors, MTN Woman in Tech, a facilitator and a technical trainer. The also built awesome apps with the aid of MIT App Inventor, to solve the challenge. The groups presented their solutions on the Innovation Challenge and Android App, and the best teams won amazing prices. Certificate of participation were presented.

None of the girls knew what coding was but left learning how to code. They did not know who a software developer was but at the end I am sure some were inspired to study and pursue career in Tech.

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Sisterhood Matters

We hosted 80+ women for an event to celebrate International Women’s day. This event was organized by Circumspecte. It was a day where women of all ages and walks of life came together to be inspired an inspire. There were panel discussions and break away sessions of topics that are very important for women.

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Partnership with MEST Africa

We are excited to share that we have signed a partnership agreement with MEST Africa where we will be recommending top female talent from students at the academy to potentially become MEST Entrepreneurs in Training. If selected they will benefit from graduate-level entrepreneurial training in business, communications and software development, including extensive hands-on project work, culminating in a Final Pitch and the chance to receive seed funding($50K to $200K),public and private office space,full-time, on-site staff of business advisors and cross-functional experts and global presence . This is big for us since we are always looking for next step opportunities for the women and girls at the academy.

We have had some on our mentees go on to study Computer Science at University and now to become MEST Entrepreneurs in Training and get the support, training, and funding to build world-class technology companies gets us so excited.

We set out to bridge the gender gap in technology and ensure that women and girls are not left behind in the technology revolution and become economically independent. It is important that we have the female perspective in the technology that is created.

Step by step we are getting there. I believe partnerships are key and I am excited to see what the future will bring. Watch this space….

Coding at Kinder Circle School

We so excited with the progress made with the coding classes at Kinder Circle School. We run a pilot of introducing coding to a school’s curriculum where every student from Class 1 to JSS 3 learns to code as part of the school’s syllabus. We hired an amazing trainer Mustapha Zaidan Speaks who conducts the training. He started off introducing the children in the lower class to how to type well with Mavis beacon in a fun and engaging way.He then went on to teach all the children at various stages the steps in website development.

We have learnt a lot from this pilot and take the feedback to improve on our service delivery and ultimate goal of introducing coding to all schools in Ghana. It is amazing to see what the children have developed and hear the testimonials.

The children also go the opportunity display their coding skills at an event organized for parents called Kinder Fest.

We are so grateful to the leadership of Kinder Circle School for the opportunity to work with them and understanding the importance of teaching children the language of the future and giving them the skills to be successful in today’s digital world.

We will soon start having coding classes for children in Kumasi as the academy has expanded its services to kumasi. We will announce the dates soon. #soronkoacademy #buildingthefuture

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