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Empower/Inspire/Motivate Vietnamese orphan children into the STEAM - Maker Movement, creating global citizens that solve local problems

Maker Academy - Kidspire Vietnam

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Maker Academy brings an equal educational opportunity, and re-designs a learning environment for Vietnamese orphan children. Using design thinking, project-based and personalized learning, hands-on activities, integrated social emotional learning, and joining global contests/movements to develop a growth mindset, that brings out the maker in each child, creating global citizens that solve local problems.
Tra-My Nguyen, Maker Academy Initiator & Coordinator
We combine design thinking and project-based learning to bring out the maker in every child that can solve local problems with a global citizenship mindset.

Tra-My Nguyen, Maker Academy Initiator & Coordinator


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Updated on September 17th, 2021
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What is Maker Academy for Vietnamese orphan children?

We (Kidspire Vietnam - also as known as Orphan Impact) believe that each child already has special seeds inside that will flourish in different ways depending on the educational environments they are immersed in.

We would love to bridge the educational gap for disadvataged children, inspiring them in learning and helping them to prepare for their future after leaving the orphanage. We provide a free training program to develop core competencies, so that they can become global citizens who can solve local problems: empathy, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and grit. 

During the last 2 years, more than 300+ children from 7 different orphanages throughout Vietnam directly benefited from the Maker Academy program of Kidspire Vietnam with more than 200+ Maker/STEAM activities.

The classroom can be indoors or outdoors and set up with 3-5 different stations so that children can choose which station they would love to join on the day. The stations could be related to: circuitry, experiments, engineering, coding, robotics, maker activities, global movements/contests (ex. Google Code-in: a largest online global contest encouraging young people into open source; or Technovation: a global movement to empower girls into technology - solve real-world problems through technology...). We create the best environment, so students are given the opportunity to become aware about the world outside orphanges. 

We would love to reach more than 1000+ children throughout Vietnam in the next 2 years.  


HundrED Academy Review


This maker academy is innovative in that it empowers children from socio economically deprived backgrounds to gain critical skills through an inclusive academy.


This academy has a huge impact for Vietnamese orphans . There is typically not a lot of opportunity to be involved in maker activities and prepare for a future once they leave the orphanage . In Vietnam, typically only international schools can do these activities. Maker Academy gives children the opportunity to do these activities in a free classroom, and opens a new world for them.


In 6 different areas in Vietnam. Expanding to 3 more in the next year.


See this innovation in action

17 Global Goals
Summer STEM Camp - Ben Tre Province
Summer STEM Camp - Ben Tre Province
Volunteer Training to support Maker classes
Kidspire Vietnam (Orphan Impact) trained more than 100+ Volunteers inside and outside Ho Chi Minh City (in 2017) to support in our Maker Classes
Solar System Project - Orphan Impact in Phat Quang 2017
Solar system Project - Phat Quang OrphanageSolar System - Phat Quang
Technovation Challenge - Khai Tri Orphanage
March 2018, Girls in Khai Tri Orphanage joins into Technovation challenge - Global challenge empower girls to solve real-world problems through technology. We are so honor these are very first girls from Vietnam join into this challenge.
Robotic Learning - Khai Tri Orphanage
Coding Dash and Dot
Fruit Piano - Makey Makey
Fruit Piano
Learning Robotics with Humming bird kit
Learning Robotics with Humming bird kit
Boat Race - Phat Quang Orphanage
World cup with Dash & Dot - Phat Quang Orphange
World cup with Dash & Dot
Engineering Structure Challenges in SOS Children's Village Ben Tre
Engineering Structure Challenges in SOS Children's Village Ben Tre 
"Land the Mars" Project - Linh Xuan orphanage
"Land the Mars" Project - using Design thinking process to create prototype for egg lands the "Mars" safetyThis activities are at Linh Xuan orphanage
Maker Academy - Linh Xuan Orphanage - 16.17
Maker Academy - Orphan Impact (Linh Xuan) 16.17This video to remark some of the main STEAM activities at Linh Xuan Orphanage, Vietnam for whole school year 2016.2017
Robot Toys Making Orphan Impact Students
Robot Toys Making - Linh Xuan OrphanageStudents using 9V battery, DC motor and some electric wire and easy-to-find materials to create their own robots: bristle robots, drawing robots, wobble bots...
Summer Maker Camp - SOS Children's Village Dalat - Vietnam
Summer Maker Camp - Dalat - Vietnam - July 3-4This is the Summer Maker Camp was organized at Dalat SOS Children's Village, Vietnam on July 3&4 2017


Achievements & Awards

May 2019
November 2018
HundrED 2019
March 2018
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Find an orphanage that would love to have a Maker Academy Program
Find an appropriate orphanage that would love to have a Maker Academy Program for their children
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Train teachers to lead classes
Teachers will be well-trained to lead classes
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Train volunteers to support classes
Volunteers will be trained to support classes
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Provide carefully planned lessons
Provide carefully planned lessons to engage students
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Provide kits/supplies to use in Maker classes
Depending on the activity, we will provide kits/supplies for students to tinker with
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Continually ask for feedback and modify the program accordingly
We use many ways to get feedback from students: reflection activities, google form, digital portfolios, interview directly...
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