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STEM MODEL SCHOOL PROGRAMME

STEM MODEL SCHOOL PROGRAMME

Published in CEMASTEA News Written by  September 07 2018 font size decrease font size increase font size
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Written by: Ann Mumbi and Winfred Magu 
Photos by: Dan Orero.
 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Model School Program was launched in 2016 to among other reasons: (a) to encourage more students to pursue STEM related career at tertiary level, (b) enhance students’ creativity, innovativeness, and (c) to grow community of problem solvers and critical thinkers. The main purpose is to narrow the gap between demand and supply of existing technical skills which are lacking and to ensure school grandaunts have desirable skills for the job market. 

The Centre for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) is the implementing institution, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, tasked to transform the102 selected public secondary school into model schools for STEM. Two secondary schools (94) in every county and one regional (8) were selected through based on their performance, locality and centrality in consultation with local stakeholders.

Mr. Stephen Njoroge, HSC Director CEMASTEA speaking to participants who are attending the Robotics Training at Kisumu Girls High School

STEM Model School Program has five keys aspects: making the school climate inviting by focusing on interrelationship or people, programs, policies, processes and physical environment or place; enhancing students’ creativity or innovativeness though creation of makerspaces and introduction of robotics; educating students for sustainability by involving them is school projects such production of food (i.e. farming, animal husbandry, etc.) as learning opportunity; incubating students’ innovation and supporting their patenting and scale up; and using innovative teaching and learning approaches such as Inquiry-based learning using the 5 E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Ellaborate & Evaluate) instructional model.