Enhancing Secondary Teacher STEM Engagement and Increasing Access to Underserved Communities through International Collaboration, with IEEE REACH

The Learning Lab will be a workshop that will incubate new ideas for participants about building stakeholder capacity through OER for secondary educators, by examining an international collaboration that was successfully implemented in Uganda. The Lab will also address enhancing teacher engagement in STEM while simultaneously addressing a need for improved female interest in STEM and increasing access to underserved communities all through open educational resources (OER).

Participants will be introduced to OER found in the IEEE REACH Program. Through the lens of history, IEEE REACH offers secondary teachers resources that enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills while boosting cultural and technological literacy. The program provides a new lens from which students may view engineering and technology as relevant to their lives and their future, providing a new STEM education pathway. Participants will learn how the combination of an inquiry designed format and historical narratives are being used to link abstract concepts, such as how problems have been solved in the past, with real-life situations today. In addition, participants will be shown a hands-on activity that reinforces the concepts. According to a UNESCO program, STEM and Gender Advancement (SAGA), linking abstract concepts to real life situations and the use of hands-on activities, in addition to real-world learning opportunities, has been shown to inspire and retain girls’ interest in STEM.

Insight will be shared about how an international collaboration, between IEEE, UNESCO, and local non-profits, is offering real-world learning opportunities that provide inclusive applications and effective learning outcomes in Uganda and is engaging girls in STEM, while providing access to underserved communities.

The workshop will highlight best practices learned as it relates to OER from, the use and adaptation in formal and informal education environments, classroom and in-service workshops that have garnered key stakeholder interest and inclusion as a part of curriculum reform, and capacity building opportunities that have the potential to transform education as it relates to gender equality and technological literacy of all students.

As part of the lab, ample opportunities will be available for participants to partake in open discussions and Q & A.

Presenters will include:

Vincent Kaabunga - IEEE Volunteer Lead IEEE/UNESCO MOU engagement in Africa, and Past Chair, IEEE Africa Council

Rovani Sigamoney – Engineering Programme Specialist, UNESCO Natural Sciences

Maryanne Karamagi – CEO, Silver Bolt

Kelly McKenna – IEEE REACH Program Manager


:eye_in_speech_bubble: Presented by:: Kelly McKenna
:sun: Conference Track: Learning Lab
:spiral_calendar: Track Date/Time: 2022-05-24T12:45:00Z (your local time)
:speech_balloon: Language: English
:calling: Pretalx link: Enhancing Secondary Teacher STEM Engagement and Increasing Access to Underserved Communities through International Collaboration, with IEEE REACH :: Open Education Global 2022 :: pretalx


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