InsightSTEM West Africa Fund

$5,488 of $9,500 goal

Raised by 35 people in 32 months
Led by a grass roots group of Campus Ambassadors and Young STEM Professionals across West Africa, our InsightSTEM West Africa fund strives to support them in democratizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge through exploration across the 15-nation wide region!

(Pictured above, some of our initial grassroots team members meeting in Monrovia, Liberia) 

Our team on the ground represent the future of the STEM professions in West Africa -- current members of the current, booming, youth population. Across the region the median age is 19 years old, and, thanks to improved healthcare and decreased conflict and civil unrest, the population is in a state of rapid expansion. The growing population, and increased access to natural resources, also mean that the gross domestic product of the region is the fastest in the world at around 4.5% per year. To keep pace with this change in the 21-Century global economy it is essential that education, particularly in STEM fields, can enable young West Africans to become scientifically literate, critical thinkers as they enter the workforce in their rapidly changing world.

(Pictured above, our West Africa Coordinator, Simmie Nyanfor, prepares to work with Liberian youth)

The growing population, and successes in increasing school enrollment rates, is putting great pressure on the education system. In many cases those teaching may not have received formal training, or may not receive adequate support for teaching in their classrooms. Families and communities existing in “survival mode” have few opportunities to access the inspiration of STEM knowledge as a motivator towards a greater future instead of accepting a stagnating or collapsing status-quo. Incoming technologies, based increasingly cloud based data, have accessibility barriers caused by low bandwidths and prohibitive data costs.

(Pictured Above: Liberian school children learn using via technologies that are available to them in their classrooms)

Based on this, we have four main objectives to which our West Africa fund will contribute:

Objective 1: Enable West African students and Young STEM Professionals to work with teachers in promoting the understanding of STEM knowledge through exploration

Objective 2:
Work with West African students and Young STEM Professionals to adapt and provide Science Exploration Technologies that work in the social, economic, and infrastructure environment of West Africa

Objective 3: Enable West African students and young STEM Professionals to deliver STEM exploration programs to families and communities, to promote the further pursuit of STEM

Objective 4: Provide West African students, Young STEM Professionals, and teachers with opportunities to participate in learning expeditions to enhance their exposure to STEM and STEM knowledge exploration worldwide

How will we work towards these objectives in 2016?
In 2016, we plan to work on find support for and carry out these following activities with our grassroots team in West Africa, led by our grassroots leadership town on the ground with the support of Dr. Jake Noel-Storr, and InsightSTEM!

(Pictured: Some of our team leads meet in Monrovia, Liberia)

* Build up our network of students (Campus Ambassadors) and Young STEM Professional across the 15 nations of West Africa (Currently 30+ ambassadors in 4/15 countries)

* InsightSTEM president Dr. Jake Noel-Storr will visit Liberia to work with Campus Ambassadors, Young STEM professionals, and teachers – training to them to achieve local impact. Also, train leaders from West Africa in a "Train-the-Trainer" mode, so that they can continue to train further participants (Planned for the last week in May, 2016)

* Provide resources to our program leaders in West Africa so that they are able to continue to reliably connect and interface with InsightSTEM while delivering impacts across the region (Deliver onwards from May 2016)

* Support infrastructure for our team in Africa (Internet, Computer Hardware & Software, etc...) to ensure success on the global stage (Pending where funding allows us to provide this)

* Provide resources to support participation in InsightSTEM projects. Provide resources to use that will maintain impacts in West African communities (From training our team in May, through enabling the infrastructure for mentoring and support through the rest of the year).

Please see the options posted for ways that you can support us to begin these great impacts across West Africa and support us in whatever ways that you can!

Thank you supporters of STEM knowledge!
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Check out our latest blog post reviewing the professional development and planning that we conducted in Liberia!
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Dear supporters and friends, here is our recap video of the activities we engaged in during our first planning and professional development in West Africa! Please share as widely as you can as we work to complete the fundraising needed for that training trip, and then to support the ongoing impacts we are having in West Africa that will, funding pending, be starting to move fast this week so check back for more updates soon!!
11 days in Liberia
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Here are some comments from the feedback we received from the evaluations of the workshop that we offered to our first 20 Insightful Teachers in Monrovia, Liberia 2 weeks ago. We are proud that most of the messages about how to improve the workshop are 'simply' to find ways of delivering it to more people!! Help us spread the word and enable us to maintain and expand our impacts in West Africa!

"This workshop can be improved only by giving this knowledge to all teachers around the world!" - PGW

"This workshop can be improved by providing it for more members of the Liberian Teacher Association" - EWK

"This workshop would be improved by finding more partnerships and extending it to other parts of Liberia" - JSJ

"This workshop could be improved by extending it into a whole series of workshops for High School teachers" - JKA

"This workshop should have a series running twice a month!" - ABF

"Get more schools involved!!" - JFN

"I want you to please help us in bringing more workshops into our country" - RMJ
Teacher STEM Exploration Workshop
Teacher STEM Exploration Workshop
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From a week ago in as we wrapped up the Africa workshop and training week some final meetings with our Grantwriting and Fundraising Team; our Events and Logistics Team; and the appointment of our new "Families, Communities, and KinderSTEM Mission Director: West Africa", Mr Johnnason L. David, Jr. A fantastic crew to leave behind with our West Africa Coordinator Mr Simmie S. Nyanfor Jr., our Liberia Local Impact Committee Chair, Mr Chalaty A. Young, and all of our Local Impact Committee members, Campus Ambassadors, Insightful Teachers, Young STEM Professionals, and High School Scholars across West Africa!
Final day Planning and Professional Dev
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$5,488 of $9,500 goal

Raised by 35 people in 32 months
Created March 11, 2016
Support the direct impact and training of one student, young STEM professional, or teacher in West Africa. Receive updates on activities!
Support one Teacher-Scientist partnership for a year in West Africa. Receive an update on your partnership's activities!
Support a 1/2 day workshop for teachers, students, or young STEM professionals run by InsightSTEM President Dr. Noel-Storr in West Africa. Receive full reports!
Support our grassroots team as it expands across West Africa!
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Provide support to genuinely allow us to begin to sustain our activities across the region! Highlights in reports, and join discussions on project directions.
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Become one of our most exclusive donors, making a true impact in West Africa! You will feature in all reports and websites, and be invited to participate.
Vaccinate Jake
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One off: Get Dr Jake immunized against Polio, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and Malaria to go train our team in West Africa! Reward: a Yellow Fever free Jake!
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One off: Support flying Dr Jake out to Africa to train the trainers, and deliver resources. Also Jake's 40th B'day present :) Get full recognition as a sponsor!
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Join our celebration of InsightSTEM president Dr Jake Noel-Storr's 40th birthday. Become a member of our 40 for 40 Club and show Jake your respect for his work.
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Anne Garner
30 months ago

Happy Birthday Jake

Gina Brissenden
30 months ago

Happy birthday, Jake!!! Your work is changing lives!!!

Suzy Gurton
30 months ago

Happy Birthday!

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