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

Maker Academy - Vietnam

Marker Vietnam
Marker Academy brings an equal educational opportunity, 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 solve local problems.

What is Maker Academy for Vietnamese orphan children?

“We combine Design Thinking and Project-based leanring to bring out the Maker in every child that can solve local problems with a global citizenship mindset. ”

Tra-My Nguyen, Initiator with Maker Academy

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 orphanages. We provide free training program to develop core competences to become global citizens could solve local problems: empathy, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and grit. 

During the last 2 years, more than 300+ orphan children from 7 different orphanages throughout Vietnam directly benefited from 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 firstly on the day. The stations could be related to: circuitry, experimets, engineering, coding, robotics, maker activities, global movements/contests (ex. Google Code-in: a largest online global contest encourage young people into open source; or Technovation: a global movement empower girls into technology - solve real-world problems through technology...). We create the best environment so students could aware about the world outside orphanges. 

And we would love to reach more 1000+ orphan children througout Vietnam and get benefits from this program in next 2 years.  

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Intended Outcomes
8 - 18
Age Group
Resources Needed
Space with Internet connection. Educators and learners with open minded, curiosity and willing to learn new things, to tinkering, to mess things up, to fail and try, to solve local problems with global citizenship mindset... Maker supplies are relevant with activities/projects.
HundrED Criteria
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 much chance to be involved in such activities and prepare for future once they leave orphanage . In Vietnam just international and high price schools can do these activities - these children can do these activities in a free classroom - opens new world for them.
In 6 different areas in Vietnam. Expanding to 3 more in the next year.

Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

Define an orphanage would love to have Maker Academy Program
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Trained teachers to lead classes
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Train volunteers to support classes
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Provide all lessons carefully planned and LEARN at orphanage
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Provide kits/supplies need to use in Maker classes
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Continue get feedback and modify program
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