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2019 INNOVATE KENYA PROGRAM APPLICATION

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2019 INNOVATE SIERRA LEONE PROGRAM APPLICATION

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Providing youth with afterschool programs focused on hands-on learning activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and 21st century skills, while fostering a culture of creativity and innovation.

Overview

To complement what students are learning in school, GMin created InLab, a hands-on STEM-based program. InLab consists of workshops where students learn how to design, create and experiment with physical and digital tools. InLab offers students an opportunity to learn 21st-century skills, such as coding and circuitry, in project-based, maker-style workshops.

In collaboration with school administrators and educators in poorly-resourced schools, GMin creates dedicated physical spaces for creative and free learning after class. Students in InLab have the opportunity to discover an interest in STEM, understand how to identify problems and develop solutions for their communities, and build the 21st century skills needed for their future employability.

The GMin-developed curriculum guides, offer educators suggestions on tool use, real-world examples and techniques for student-centered learning. At the end of each term students share their ideas and projects demonstrating what they have learned during the InLab Showcase event.

Focus Areas

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Physical Space

GMin works with community centers and local schools to identify and create dedicated safe spaces for InLab to be accessible to all interested students. These spaces are designed to enable creativity and freedom.

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Technical Tools

InLab is equipped with technical tools in the form of themed toolkits (e.g.. crafts, digital media and electronic toolkits) and a curriculum guide for fostering innovation and design thinking including practical guidance through relevant case examples.

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Workshop

InLab offers standalone workshops on topics and skills beyond what is taught in schools, such as Electronics and Programming.

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Mentorship

InLab offers mentorship in collaboration with educators, family members, community members, alumni and a global network of innovators. Peer mentorship is encouraged throughout the program.

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My team and I utilized unused agricultural wastes like maize stalks, coffee husks, bagasse and sawdust to provide green charcoal briquettes as an alternative to wood charcoal.

- Tom Osborn

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I was able to establish a research project which was centered on designing a portable windmill with the aim of tackling the electricity problem faced by underprivileged homes in Sierra Leone.

- Mohamed Harding

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We had the idea of building an underground compost pit which would decompose with the help of red worms and create organic manure which we can sell to the farmers around our school.

- Luizer Mburu

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My experience at GMin’s InChallenge program has been an eye-opener, yet still given me a three dimensional view and approach towards innovation as a youth.

- Leroy Mwasaru

Sierra Leone

In February 2014, GMin launched its first pilot of InLab in Freetown, Sierra Leone at the Prince of Wales School. In a close partnership with the Prince of Wales School, who donated the space, GMin engaged more than 100 students and 40 community members to participate in InLab Sierra Leone. InLab provides students with the space, tools, curriculum, and leadership to promote self-efficacy, foster creativity and identify scalable innovation solutions. Due to the Ebola outbreak in 2015, GMin paused InLab Sierra Leone. The program will return in 2020

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Kenya

InLab Kenya began in 2015, at St. Elizabeth Girls Academy in Nairobi offering STEM workshops and design thinking camps for 70 students and two teachers. Today, InLab Kenya has partnered with 5 community-based schools in the Dagoretti neighborhood of Nairobi. In collaboration with the partner schools and the Kivuli Center, where workshops are held, InLab exposes youth to topics and skills beyond what is taught in class, such as design thinking, programming and electronics. Alumni of the program have the opportunity to co-faacilitate InLab workshops and build leadership skills as InLab Champions. To date over 660 students and 18 InLab Champions have participated in the program. Over the next two years InLab will expand to two additional cities, reaching 2,000 students in Kenya.

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