STEM Education for Girls

Research and Development Foundation
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Problem statement:

In Georgia, girls today are becoming more active in their future aspirations. However, up until now due to still widely manifested patriarchal attitudes and beliefs. It is common to still consider that technology is something only for boys.

Today we hear all the time that the future is in technologies, innovation and that there will be fewer jobs in the highly computerized world for people who do not poses creative, analytical and technological skills. Therefore, without engaging girls from the early years, we are leaving them in a disadvantaged position about their future careers, thus supporting the sustainability and perpetuation of gender inequality.

This is particularly so in the regions, where opportunities are even fewer and traditional viewpoints about the "role of a girl" are more manifested. Therefore, parents often prefer to engage girls in knitting, cooking, drawing, singing and dancing classes, while disregarding their possible engagement in more technology intensive activities.

Even though we are surrounded with technologies, using them wisely and creating technologies of the future requires interest and certain skills, which better be developed from early years. If the momentum is not used and girls grow up without interest and belief, that they can also do it equally to boys, they are doomed to uncertainty in the future and potentially dependent on others.

Proposed Solution:

We propose to set up classes for girls based on the LEGO STEM Education approach. LEGO educational approach is focused on teaching technologies in practice – how they work around students, why they work in certain manner and how to apply the laws of physics and technologies for solving daily challenges.

We teach by hands-on learning through activities and experiments. Classes will provide open ended problem solutions for girls, to enable creative thinking and application of already acquired knowledge. This process not only equips girls with technical skills, but also with understanding of innovations management process – how to brainstorm, prototype solutions, pitch them to public and through this obtain skills, as well as confidence and self-esteem.

The classes will be set-up in Telavi as a pilot. This class can serve as a role model for other locations as well and create opportunities locally. The class is planned for 8 pupils at a time, requiring four sets of equipment – Simple and Powered Machines provided by LEGO Education.

Sustainability:

To ensure sustainability and further development of the program, specialized classes will be set-up for girls, which will deliver courses free of charge to the participants. At the same time, the classes for fee will be set-up for general public to allow covering expenses related to the course and upgrade of kits when needed.

This model can bring several benefits – making interesting programs available for children in Telavi and making them accessible for girls. To ensure cost optimisation, the courses are planned to be based in the Center for Civil Engagement, which offers space for optimal cost and infrastructure.

Equal gender opportunity:

The project specifically targets girls to improve their access to STEM educational opportunities and will offer courses for girls free of charge. At the same time, the courses will be open for boys as well, and the tuition fee will be calculated so that they cover only instructors salary and rent, and hence, will be much lower than in cases if the course is offered based on a commercial bases.

Items Needed

Item Description Vendor Info Total Purchased?
Simple and Powered Machines of Lego Education

Lego Simple and Powered Machines enable students to learn the basic mechanical principles improving their hands on understanding of mechanics. The program is designed for 8+ years old students, and encourages development of engineering design and technological skills.

http://www.ledu.ge/produqcia/article/14860-simple-a-powered-machines-base-set

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Research and Development Foundation One group continues classes and will graduate at the end of June. Students are constructing more and more difficult mechanisms and constructions. Videos and photos of the classes are regularly uploaded on Research and Development Foundation's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/randdfoundation/videos/1706461682992676/
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Research and Development Foundation First groups finished the program and were awarded certificates of achievement. We received an overall positive feedback from parents and students. Yet another group continues the program. Photos of the last class, which was also attended by parents, can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/randdfoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1699200283718816
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Research and Development Foundation Classes are conducted regularly, tin two weeks wo groups that started the program in January will finish the program. Students are gradually achieving higher level pf proficiency in constructing complex machines and findings respective solutions.
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Research and Development Foundation Classes are conducted regularly, two groups that started the program in January, will graduate at the end of May. Students are able to construct complex machines and find respective solutions.
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Research and Development Foundation Classes are taking place regularly, two groups that started program on January 22nd, will have one more month to go, the third group just finished the first month of the program.
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Research and Development Foundation Classes are conducted on a regular basis. Students are following the LEGO' Machines and Mechanics syllabus and construct respective models and find solutions to the problems.
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Research and Development Foundation Classes are conducted on a regular basis. Two groups that started the program in January have already completed the half of the program.
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Research and Development Foundation At this stage there are three Machines and Mechanics classes - the new group started classes on March, 9, with three boys and three girls enrolled in the group. Other two groups continue classes.
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Research and Development Foundation Students completed more than 5 models at this stages, classes are held on a regular basis with photos of the students regularly uploaded on Research and Development Foundation's FB page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/randdfoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1665392943766217). New group will start classes on March, 9, 2017.
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Research and Development Foundation Classes are conducted on a regular basis, registration for another group has been completed with 7 students registered (3 boys and 4 girls) - this group will start the program on March, 9th, 2017.
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Research and Development Foundation Classes are conducted on a regular basis twice a week, students so far completed construction of 3 models and will start construction of a fourth model this week. More photos of the classes could be access here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/randdfoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1657436667895178
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Research and Development Foundation Classes are conducted regularly, with students constructing different models every other class. Photos of the classes are regularly uploaded on Research and Development Foundation's FB page. Photos of the last classes can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/randdfoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1653561318282713
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Research and Development Foundation Classes started on January 24th, two groups with 16 students overall started exploring how things are constructed and function.
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Research and Development Foundation 'მანქანებისა და მექანიზმების' 2 ჯგუფი სწავლას 23 იანვრის კვირაში დაიწყებს - . 12 დარეგისტრირდა და 1-მა აღარ იარა. 2 ჯგუფია, ერთგან 4 მოსწავლე, მეორეგან 7. აქედან 4 ბიჭია, 7 გოგონა. ამ ეტაპზე დარეგისტრირებულია სულ 11 მოსწავლე: 7 გოგონა და 4 ბიჭი. ინსტრუქტორები ეცნობიან პროგრამას და ემზადებიან გაკვეთილებისთვის.
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Research and Development Foundation The Machines and Mechanics LEGO educational sets have been purchased from Junior Innovations Solutions and are ready for the students. The registration for the second group will be open till January 22nd week, when the classes start. More information on the registration can be obtained on Research and Development Foundation FB page: https://www.facebook.com/randdfoundation/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
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Research and Development Foundation The registration for the machines and mechanics Lego program has been open at Research and Foundation FB page, one group (8 students) is already full with 2 girls (2 out of them from socially disadvantaged family) and two boys. Registration for a second group is open, so far we have three students registered, 2 boys and one girl. The registration will be open till the 14th of January. Classes will start in the week of January 22nd. Intructor is getting trained in the new program.
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Research and Development Foundation მოსწავლეების დასარეგისტრირებლად შემუშავებულია სარეგისტაციო ფორმა და რეგისტრაცია გამოცხადდება როგორც კი მოხდება შესაბამისი სამეცადინო ნაკრებების შეძენა. Junior Innovations Lab-თან მიღწეულია შეთანხმდება მასწავლებლის on the job ტრენინგის თაობაზე. პირველ ეტაპზე დაგეგმილია 2 ჯგუფის გახნა. გაკვეთილები ჩატარდება კვირაში ორჯერ.
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