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WAAW Foundation in Partnership with ELiTe as 2014 Africa Rise Award Recipient

Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation and the Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering are partnering to promote African girls’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) and Computer science field in 2014.

Working to Advance STEM Education for African women (WAAW) Foundation works to build the pipeline of African girls in STEM and CS, and engage this talent in innovation for the African continent. The Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering, ELiTE utilizes open source technology to increase access to STEM training across the globe through low-cost labs and experiments coupled with rigorous curricula. This partnership opportunity will provide computer science, mechatronics, and robotics programming for more than 5,000 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of the Google 2014  Root In Science and Engineering (RISE) Partnership awards.

WAAW Foundation was recognized and selected based on its initiatives focusing and impacting African girls in STEM and computing education. Google offers the RISE Awards to support organizations around the world working hard to inspire the next generation of Computer Scientists – especially those that reach girls, underrepresented minorities, and students who face socio-economic barriers.

The Rise award will enable WAAW foundation to expand the impact of one of its initiatives, the buy real provigil College to secondary school outreach program” href=”http://www.waawfoundation.org/fellows-profile/” target=”_blank”>STEM College to secondary school outreach program by providing further training to college students as well as set up the necessary resources for a more effective STEM cell office that will improve the functioning and expand the impact of the Cell.

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Funds will go towards items like Setting up a Content Resource Website (CRW), purchase of necessary teaching resources, purchase of re-useable STEM demonstration kits and development of initial teaching content . Funds will also be used to train fellows in the use, maintenance and extension of the CRW as well as skill that will make them successful as role models such as secondary school pedagogy and state standards for specific STEM areas.

WAAW Foundation STEM outreach program was launched in 2013 to bridge the secondary school-to-college continuum for Science Technology Engineering, Math (STEM) in Africa and ultimately increases the pipeline of African girls entering STEM careers. It is aimed at promoting sustainable, feed forward self-help initiatives that will target African girls in particular, and expose them to advanced curriculum, hands on experience and female role models in STEM and computing careers.

 

More information on WAAW foundation STEM outreach program:  http://www.waawfoundation.org/fellows-profile/