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STEM For All

Implementation Duration
Beneficiaries
Locations
Projects
6 Months ( during 2023 )
1000 Students
12 Youth Trainers
36 Shadow Teachers
17 Locations in 7 Cities
across Jordan
400 Student Projects
by end of trainings

Project Summary

STEM for All is a project implemented in partnership with QUDRA Program to develop Critical Thinking through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The implementation included 17 schools and CBOs in 7 governorates in Jordan. 1000 Students took 30 hours of training after which they worked on innovative solutions and created a total of 400 group projects. 
The participating students included 60% females, 40% males; 50% Jordanian and 50% Syrian children.

STEM For All : An IOEDR And Thinking Oasis collaboration

For a project dealing with children of different socioeconomic background, education and skill levels, and cultural backgrounds, planning an approach for needs assessment, designing the educational content, and qualifying the Youth trainers to lead learning sessions in their cities were not an easy task. IOEDR has performed analysis and research studies throughout the project’s planning and implementation phases as well.

Implementation

The STEM extracurricular activities were provided in sessions that varied in hours according to phase of implementation. The following table provides a brief.

Note:

  • Total number of participants refers to the number of registered participants.
  • Actual number of attendees refers to the number of participants that attended 70% and more of the 30 hours of extracurricular activities.

 

Phase

# of Cohorts

Total # of Participants

Actual # of attendees

# of Females (of Actual Attendees)

 

# of Males (of Actual Attendees)

# of Syrians

(of Actual Attendees)

# of Jordanians

(of Actual Attendees)

1

13

344

313

187

126

98

215

2

12

300

276

148

128

136

140

3

12

344

284

143

141

144

140

4

5

134

120

120

0

49

71

Totals

42

1,122

993

598

395

427

566

The figures below provide insight on participants information:

Beneficiaries

Testimonials


“As a girl, I never thought programming would be fun to learn, but I asked my dad if we could get a microcontroller for me and my little brother”
– Farah, 12 Years old

“My favorite part was when we did the projects. Our Smart home had a working washing machine, the other groups didn’t build one.”

– Ameer Ali, 14 Years old  

Young Innovators Lab (YIL)

Year
Beneficiaries
Locations
Projects
2023 / 2024 (Ongoing)
32
2 Locations
8
2022 / 2023
33
5 cities
11
2021 / 2022
42
3 cities
14

Program History and Concept

In 2015, the Shoman foundation, the Arab Bank’s CSR branch, adopted and financed a program title “The Young Innovators Lab” (YIL) and partnered with Thinking Oasis (Site) to implement this project (Site). The program targets kids aged 10 to 14 aiming to train on critical and analytical thinking skills, strengthen character and communication skills, and seed the roots for an innovative approach toward problem among the future generation. 

Using a mix of science experiments, Socratic questioning and dialogues, experiential learning, thinking exercises, and workshops on STEM topics, the project trains the kids; while also building capacity among the community via training youth trainers who are trained to lead workshops with the kids.

The IOEDR and Thinking Oasis Partnership

For several runs of the YIL program, The IOEDR has assisted Thinking Oasis in content design and refining the children’s experience, to mature the program’s design seeking a learning journey that measurably enhances critical thinking skills and an innovative attitude toward problem solving. 

The Journey

The designed learning journey provides a scientific and practical space that carries participants to experience knowledge and develop skills within an inclusive and interactive environment. The model encourages trial and error, emphasizes on discussions and is actively flexible to offer a better learning experience for participants to ensure the progress of their critical thinking skills.

And to measure the progress, the model runs a pre and post assessment for critical thinking skills measuring induction, deduction, inference, analysis and evaluation.

Achievements

Since the start of the program:

  • Several hundred children have been trained, along with 50+ youth trainers.
  • Based on internationally recognized Critical Thinking Skills Assessments, an average increases of 10 points has been observed among the participants
  • Patents pending for several projects that were produced in this program

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