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iNERDE's STEM Summer Camp in Bamako, Mali

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THE STORY:

We're almost there...
...but not quite. Thanks to a generous group of friends, family, and inspired supporters, we've raised enough money to pay for materials and most other on-the-ground expenses.

But we can't run a program without staff. That's where we come in. We're Joey, Nadia, Rebecca, and Christian. Having worked on developing the curriculum, and arranging logistics and all of the little details, we know the project best. We'll go to Bamako as mentors, instructors, friends, and behind-the-scenes-people-who-make-things-happen.

With the help of Mohamed Kante, Mohamed Sankare and teachers from École du Progres, we'll be doing our best to teach and supervise participants, and examine the curriculum as we move forward to ensure its efficacy and further refine it.

With your help the four of us will be able to go to Bamako for the pilot project.

We're so close, let's bring it the rest of the way!

Project Summary
We are members of iNERDE, a registered non-profit organization based in Boston, MA that aims to empower children in West Africa by sparking their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, because we believe science education is one of the most important pillars of development for any nation.

This summer, we will be hosting a pilot project in Bamako, Mali. We hope to foster a positive attitude toward the STEM fields through a six-week summer camp for thirty 4th and 5th grade students.

The camp will be divided up into modules including engineering, ecology, sustainability, space, and leadership and entrepreneurship. It will teach children the importance of STEM values such as teamwork, problem solving, and technological innovation, which will enable them to recognize and solve existing and emerging problems within their communities.

Our pilot project is just the beginning of the implementation of this vision. The future of Mali, and of Africa as a whole, depends on the education of its children.





The Impact
Studies conducted by the National Science Foundation show that by the 4th grade, 33% of children in Mali, West Africa, express negative attitudes towards the sciences, increasing to 50% by the 8th grade. In a region with a pressing need for scientific and technological development, educational opportunities for elementary children must be enriched.

Beginning this summer with our pilot program in Bamako, Mali, iNERDE is starting a paradigm shift in how STEM education is approached in West Africa. We'll provide our participants with access to a transformational science education that they otherwise wouldn't have. With this, they'll have the foundations to engage with science knowledgeably and critically, and to pursue careers in STEM.




The iNERDE Team
Our team is composed of engineers, scientists, economists, and university students from Burkina Faso, Canada, Mali, Togo and the USA. Between us we have over 10 years of experience in educational development, community service, and the design and running of summer camps and after school programs around the world.

Our Long Term Vision
This summer's pilot program in Bamako will be the first time that the complete curriculum will be taught to a single group of participants. For the duration of the camp we will be evaluating the progress and level of engagement of each participant, and the efficacy of the curriculum as a whole. Upon completion, we'll review the program as a whole and incorporate the lessons we've learned into an updated curriculum which will be made available to schools across Mali and West Africa.




Other Ways You Can Help
If you aren’t able to help financially, we would truly appreciate if you could help us spread the word on social media and among your friends. You can do this by joining our conversations on Twitter and Facebook.

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