Amanda Obidike, Strategy Lead
STEMi Makers of Africa
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
7 in 11 Educators (nearly 65% in Africa) do not have access to practical teaching tools, project-based learning resources, and improved knowledge on STEM curriculum needed to be integrated in the 21st-century classrooms that ensures students are allowed to solve ill-defined problems, make real-world connections while deepening their content knowledge and preparing them for 21st-century careers.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Our unique innovation offers a first teacher-centered platform where Educators access STEM resource tools, virtual labs, host LIVE and interactive classrooms, and collaborate with minimal internet usage required. Before onboarding Educators on the platform, we offer a “Train-the-Trainer” integrated workshop to cultivate a STEM workforce by equipping Educators with project-based learning tools, STEM resources, an integrated practical teaching approach relevant in the modern classroom and for a unique student-directed pedagogy.
We also integrate primary visits, meet-up sessions, webinars for continuous professional development, offering Educators quality assessment tools, planning time, tools for experiential learning and improved knowledge on STEM disciplines and innovation, while reforming initiatives with the goal of better integrating engineering and technology into traditional math and science classrooms.
How has it been spreading?
In 2020, STEMi Makers Africa emerged finalist in the Falling Walls Engage, Berlin for redefining STEM Education and breaking the wall of Inheriting fragmented and disconnected education institutions in Africa.
We also won the Silver Stevie Award, USA (Organization of the Year, 2020)
At STEMi Makers Africa, we are planning ahead not to leave the younger generation feeling displaced and inheriting a disconnected world than we live in today because the future economic growth of Nigeria depends on an aligned and a future-focused system that supports developmental efforts in generating young talents needed to become self-reliant and problem-solvers using Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Innovation.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
You need a resilient team, because not everyone will buy your idea.
Some will look at the innovation as ridiculous, considering Africa still has a long way to go in building infrastructure.
Connect with public and tech private stakeholders who can give you access to schools, educators, and resource tools.
Start from local or nearby communities where you can monitor, evaluate and offer them support