STEM Education is underway at CCT!

After seeing the success of this initial trial, we are so excited about the potential for this project to open doors and create life-changing opportunities for Cambodia’s youth!

 

Posted 22nd January 2015 in Education, News

We live in a world where technology is advancing rapidly and changing almost every aspect of modern life. As the world becomes more and more digitally focused, computer literacy will become as important as learning to read and write.

This poses a serious problem for poor communities in Cambodia. The children and families we work with don’t have access to the internet, computers or current technologies and thus, as the world moves on, they run the risk of being left even further behind.

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In December 2014 we launched phase one of CCT’s STEM Education program!

A one week trial was conducted at Monivong Highschool, Battambang’s largest public school, with 40 students from grade 10. During the trial the students successfully completed the Lightbot Hour of Code and Grok Learning courses using Blockly and Python programming languages.

The trial also included classes at CCT’s Youth Centre, using Bee-Bot robots to teach primary school children the basic concepts of computer programming.

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of James Curran and Tara Murphy from the University of Sydney, and computer programmer Cham Bun, the trial was a huge success! Students who previously had never even heard of computer coding, were powering through the Grok Learning Python Course and the kids from CCT’s Youth Centre said the Bee-Bots made learning fun! Plans are now in motion to launch phase two – a computer programming course that will be integrated with Monivong Highschool’s grade 10 curriculum.

After seeing the success of this initial trial, we are so excited about the potential for this project to open doors and create life-changing opportunities for Cambodia’s youth!