My Quest To Teach

September 11, 2017

STEM and its Influence in Africa Students

STEM and its Influence in Africa Students
by William Jackson STEM/STEAM Advocate
Twitter @wmjackson
As more students become interested in dynamic careers that
require skills that apply Science Technology Engineering
and Math African nations have begun to accept the growing
STEM educational opportunities that men and women are
providing in their respective nations. STEM and STEAM
are applied educational initiatives that have a foundation
in the scientific models, but integrate hands-on learning,
team work, building leadership skills and incorporate
higher order and critical thinking skills.

Africa rich in natural resources is increasing its STEM and
STEAM opportunities to increase generational opportunities
to contribute to the growth in economics, commerce, education
and global trade that will benefit and increase Africa’s
influence globally. Africa can not continue to rely on foreign
investments only that place it deeper and deeper in debt to
others that in many cases still do not respect the African
citizen and their generational place in building Africa,
their homeland.

The more African’s are involved in STEM and STEAM the more
they can assure they will have a stake in how their nations
and continent are growing and influential in the diverse
markets and even foreign investments by outside nations.
“I believe more women should be in STEM roles because
of the message it sends to younger girls. Some of the
girls think they can’t because they haven’t really
seen a lot of women who do the jobs they want to do.”
Leticia Oppong shares her journey from being an intern
to a field engineer at GE Africa.
Statements made by Leticia Oppong ring a new bell of change
for girls that in the past have not been included in
the educational engagement and empowerment of STEM
that requires hands-on learning, experimentation and even
mentors. There are growing numbers of African women
that are role models and mentors ready to share their
knowledge and experiences to build future “Agents of STEM.”

Developing the necessary critical and higher order thinking
skills that are applied to problem solving and even complex
thinking in the development of new ways to harness
natural sources of energy and exploration in new areas
of engineering and tech that are needed
to forge Africa as a global influencer.

The growing news reports in Africa.com and other media are
showing that STEM and STEAM are being celebrated to inspire
boys and girls that they can be whatever they dream. The
resources and people are available to help them move from
dreams to reality to the implementation of their developing
skills and talents.

There are Nigerian robotics entrepreneurs who are founding
new robotic companies like Surrogate Robotics Nigeria.
“I thought if you start when you’re really young to find
models to solve real world problems using robotics and
artificial intelligence, when you get older you’ll have
that confidence to approach problem solving.”
Christian Chime – Surrogate Robotics Nigeria
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/robots-giving-head-start-on-stem/

The key parts of STEM and STEAM are solving real world
problems that help to build the continent and build the
confidence of rising youth, teens and young adults who
are excited about the ability to create change.

The building of critical thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs,
and inventors in Africa will build the continent’s economic
structure to engage more individuals that have the
knowledge and understanding to attack the challenges that
have plagued Africa and meet future challenges.
African higher educational institutions now see their
responsibilities in building new generation of STEM innovators.
Educational institutions are being held accountable in adapting
their instruction to address the need for students to be
prepared as future STEM advocates and leaders.

Even in countries like Somalia the rise of innovation hubs
https://qz.com/1071505/
irise-hub-the-first-innovation-hub-in-somalia-has-opened-in-mogadishu/
making digital waves across a country devastated by wars and
poverty. Integrating the #SomaliaRising hashtag to show the
growth of collaboration and connections.
Founder Abdihakim Ainte, “iRise,” states, “there’s an increased
need for these kinds of spaces in order to realize the full
potential of Somalia’s technology sector.”
The vision is bright for the growth of technology and the
building of hubs that encourage and support new ways of
applying, integrating, creating and building an avenue
that supports innovation.

One of the dynamic aspects of tech integration is cell phone
technology that allows for communication and access to global
resources. This is allowing young entrepreneurs to share their
knowledge and build connections that encourage the creation
of new companies and business initiatives.

STEM, STEAM, STREAM, STEMsquared and other related initiatives
are empowering, Africans with the platforms and tools needed
to make their dreams realities and to be the future employers
that create wealth and economic, educational and generational
progress and stability.

Resources:
Somalia just unveiled its first tech innovation hub
by Abdi Latif Dahir
September 07, 2017 Quartz africa
Twitter: @qzafrica

Robots are Giving Nigerian Children a Head-Start on STEM
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/robots-giving-head-start-on-stem/

NGOs Focusing on STEM Skills Development in Africa
http://skillsdevelopment.africa.com/ngos-focusing-on-stem-skills/

WAAW Foundation
Working to Advance African Women (WAAW)
Lagos-headquartered company inspires African women to be innovators.

Her2Voice
Her2Voice was founded in 2013 by six Rwandan women who share the
same vision of fighting for gender equality and inspiring girls.

@iLabAfrica
Located at Kenya’s Strathmore University, @iLabAfrica
Research and incubation facility that promotes technological
innovation and supports entrepreneurship programmes.

The Visiola Foundation
Mentors young girls and women in the STEM fields to create a
generation of leaders who will help transform African economies.

GirlHype
Girlhype has reached more than ten thousand girls and
introduced them to opportunities in computing and engineering.

JJiguene Tech Hub
Established in 2007 with the aSenegal’s first technology hub
run by and for women. Jjiguene means “woman” in Wolof, the
most widely spoken language in the country.
Addressing the shortage of ICT skills in Ghana.

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May 3, 2017

Redefining of African American Education Through STEAM

Filed under: Education,Literacy,Parenting,Reading,STEAM,STEAM and STEM,STEM,STEM3,STREAM — William Jackson @ 6:15 am

STEAM and STEM

 

Redefining of African American Education Through STEAM
by William Jackson STEAM and STEM Advocate
#MyQuestToTeach
In collaboration with Jax Markerspace panelists:
Shawanna Brooks, Akia Uwanda, Latonja Richardson,
Princess S. Rashid, and Angie Nixon

Education in STEAM requires a holistic approach to teaching children
and families of color and culture the value of STEM and the incorpor-
ation of the Arts. STEM / STEAM panel discussion at the Jacksonville
Public Library – Jax Markerspace held a dynamic panel discussion
of women who are actively engaged in the field of STEAM as entrepr-
eneurs, business leaders, parents and advocates of STEAM through
their personal talents and skills.
Many parents still do not understand the letters and the connection
to their children’s education. Science Technology Engineering Arts
Mathematics, an educational initiative to prepare students for 21st
century careers not just jobs.
The Arts is an important element in promoting STEAM and the
engagement of young people from elementary age or younger to
high school students. “The biggest danger of unemployment today
is not of immigration it is the advancements of technology in robotics,”
Princess S. Rashid which is causing unemployment faster than any
immigrant attempting to cross the borders of this nation to find
employment to support their families.
The distinguished panel including the hostess for Jax Markerspace
at the Downtown Jacksonville Public Library Shawanna Brooks,
musical artist and entrepreneur Akia Uwanda, parent and advocate
for STEM, STEAM and STREAM. Latonja Richardson and her
daughter Taylor who aspires to be an astronaut traveling to Mars.
Princess S. Rashid, Physicist, Artist and Thought Leader, and Angie
Nixon author, literary visionary and entrepreneur of The Adventures
of Moxie Girl with her daughter Natalie and community activist.
Putting STEAM into STEM was a dynamic discussion about the
power of change in education, economics, commerce and even
political power because of the changes that lead to national and
global influences in the changes of careers and thought leadership.
The 20th and 21st century is going through dynamic change because
of the integration of digital technologies. This unique discussion
provided women of diverse walks of life and goals to come together
in solidarity that communities especially African American, Hispanic
and other people of color need to be engaged in involving their
children in hands on learning with higher order and critical thinking.
Paraphrasing Angie Nixon and Latonjay Richardson, the holistic
approach comes to play that children will not change if they continue
to be limited by their environments. If the environment does not
change neither will the desire to change educationally and if there
is no change educationally there may be no change economically.
Princess S. Rashid commented that Black children must learn to
like math and the empowerment it can provide as seen from her
video below.
There is no way around it, math can open doors and provide
access to new careers. Jacksonville Public Library Shawanna
Brooks shared that the resources of the library are free to
everyone and parents need to have their children here to
learn about the global implications of education and business.
The panelists were in agreement that the thinking of students
will not change if parental thinking does not change, thus the
holistic thinking of family and community.  Parents set the tone
and in many cases the direction of educational and career
decisions. In attendance was Mark McCombs, “I teach people
how to build robots and to do what they used to think was
impossible.” Mark McCombs FIRST LEGO League that creates
dynamic opportunities for team building, engineering, building
and coding of robotics that are involved in competitions.
This is another key area of STEM and STEAM student can be
involved in, but must get their schools engaged.
Children are conditioned by their environment, if they do not
see change or the conditions for change their thinking will
remain the same, their desire to change their lives will not be
inspired.
The panel discussion brought a new direction to potentially
changing how children should be taught. Being active, engaged,
and hands on brings faster growth than traditional lecture
instruction. Children in schools today are not like the children
of the 40’s through 80’s, they are more active and require
increased visual, auditory and active stimulation. Because
of this change education needs to be modified as well. When
listening to the discussions there is a urgency and a sense
of priority in the realization of the influence of technology and
it’s generational influences.
These ladies of influence, knowledge, social conscious, civic
duty and even a moral directional conscious want every child
to be successful because it “takes a village,” as Latonya
Richardson shares to the audience, to raise the leaders,
workers, innovators and creators of the present and the future.
Putting STEAM into STEM provides an opportunity to share the
potential to move children from being consumers of technology
to creators, innovators, visionaries and models for future
generations.

 

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#STEAM into #STEM 2017
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/
STEAM%20into%20STEM%202017/story

A discussion about the integration
STEAM into the #Arts – Photos via @wmjackson @jaxlibrary

Facebook Resources:
JaxMakerSpace
https://www.facebook.com/jaxmakerspace/
Shawana Brooks
https://www.facebook.com/shawana.brooks
Erin Estreet Kendric
https://www.facebook.com/ErinEstreetKendrick
Akia Uwanda
https://www.facebook.com/akia.uwanda
Angie Nixon
https://www.facebook.com/angienixon
Latonja Richardson
https://www.facebook.com/latonja.richardson
Princess S. Rashid
https://www.facebook.com/prashid
Mark D McCombs
https://www.facebook.com/markdmccombs
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
https://www.facebook.com/pg/FLFIRSTLEGOLeague/
William Jackson
https://www.facebook.com/williamdjacksoninfl
and contributions by the distinguished panel.

Videos
What is STEM by Shawanna Brooks
https://youtu.be/fTkzCChDeMU
The Importance of Math in STEM and STEAM
https://youtu.be/Kwv8Geb47_Q
Tony Richardson Being a STEM Parent
https://youtu.be/lsR3eV5-Pck
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April 8, 2017

Black Girl Magic As An Agent of STEM

STEM  Panelists
Hortinse Diggs – Grace Johnson – Mary Madison – Lesley Harris

“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game.
It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and
where we’re going.
Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we
ain’t stopped yet. There’s more exploration to come.”
Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and actress

“When I was young I was very interested in science
and technology, and my dad brought home the first
computer. I played pac man and I was hooked!
By learning to create technology, girls learn to
speak up.”
Regina Agyare, Founder of software company
Soronko Solutions

“Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street
with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she
is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom
of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely
cause is the elephant on her chest.
For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of
women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the
elephant. Until the playing field has been leveled and
lingering stereotypes are gone, you can’t even ask
the question.”
Sally Ride
First American Woman in Space
Challenger Space Shuttle, 1983

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VIDEOS

Encouraging Words from Women of STEM

Encouraging our students in STEM

A Good Work Ethic Is Important

Have a Passion for Math

Build Friendships with Others

Mentoring and Allow God to Work

Put In That Vision for College Early

You have to believe in yourself always

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PHOTOS

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