One of the main objectives of Kepler Tech Lab is to get connected with local/corporate organizations to implement practical education in schools or local communities for students to learn by doing and solve critical problems in their communities. After a partnership with Igire Rwanda Organization of providing STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education to its beneficiaries, the tech lab hosted teacher training with Pivot Academy of Mothering Across Continents to train a team of facilitators who were training 10th-grade students in Southern Province of Rwanda.
Are you wondering what Pivot Academy and Mothering Across Continents actually are? Mothering Across Continents is a not for profit organization that provides “[consultancy], coaching and mentoring [students] to develop dream projects that help raise tomorrow’s leaders. Pivot Academy is a MAC program that creates “awareness of the need for and value of STEM Education, coupled with ICT (Information Communication Technology).”
Kepler Tech Lab hosted 4 day-long teacher training programs with Mothering Across Continents‘ Pivot Academy to train their 17 facilitators plus 5 lab staff. The trainees, except 3 of 5 lab staff, were prepared to training senior 4 students (10th-grade students) from four high schools, the fifth not yet confirmed, in Southern Province of Rwanda and at least 511 students will be trained during the course of the month of July 2017.
The training was about performing experiments such as water filtration/solar desalination, solar dehydrator, zeer pots, and food preservation (putting food in different solutions such as salt, vinegar, sugar, etc.., to maintain their expiration dates).
Facilitators were trained to help students performing the same experiments but focusing on the principle of Design Thinking. The students will also be provided with STEM and ICT Education in ways that move away from textbook-driven memorization to approaches that are more student-centered and focus on problem-solving.