Education

Argentina

In Argentina, PADF is supporting Fundación Ciencia Joven, which has seen great success with its STEM Academy pilot program in Chile. The Argentinian STEM Academy program prioritizes students’ ability to use science to explain complex things, understanding scientific methods, and appreciating STEM as a viable career option. Due to COVID-19 school closures, Fundación Ciencia Joven has focused on virtually continuing their STEM Academies, which has successfully allowed them to expand the project to Uruguay and Paraguay, therefore reaching 48 students, where 32 are girls.

Argentina

In Argentina, PADF is supporting Fundación Ciencia Joven, which has seen great success with its STEM Academy pilot program in Chile. The Argentinian STEM Academy program prioritizes students’ ability to use science to explain complex things, understanding scientific methods, and appreciating STEM as a viable career option. Due to COVID-19 school closures, Fundación Ciencia Joven has focused on virtually continuing their STEM Academies, which has successfully allowed them to expand the project to Uruguay and Paraguay, therefore reaching 48 students, where 32 are girls.

Argentina
Bolivia
Bolivia

In Bolivia, PADF is assisting EnerGea, a legally constituted social organization dedicated to developing projects in sustainable technology to inspire innovation through example. EnerGea has empowered more than 500 students through their STEM clubs where students have the opportunity to work to develop a socio-environmental community project addressing topics such as waste management, solar energy, access to clean water, among others in the municipalities of La Paz and El Alto. Even though there have been nation-wide school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EnerGea has successfully implemented their STEM Clubs through online platforms where to date more than 100 students have been able to participate.

Chile

In Chile, PADF is supporting Fundación Ciencia Joven to improve STEM education in the Valparaiso region by establishing afterschool STEM Academies at approximately 20 area schools for a total of 350 students. Fundación Ciencia Joven staff provides STEM trainings and mentorships to area teachers who will lead their students through nine months of weekly classes, culminating in a Science and Exhibition Fair where students from each Academy will showcase hands-on projects they have tackled throughout the school year. Due to COVID-19 school closures in Chile, Fundación Ciencia Joven has virtualized all their STEM Academies by utilizing online platforms to continue with their classes and trainings that have expanded to Paraguay and Uruguay.

Chile

In Chile, PADF is supporting Fundación Ciencia Joven to improve STEM education in the Valparaiso region by establishing afterschool STEM Academies at approximately 20 area schools for a total of 350 students. Fundación Ciencia Joven staff provides STEM trainings and mentorships to area teachers who will lead their students through nine months of weekly classes, culminating in a Science and Exhibition Fair where students from each Academy will showcase hands-on projects they have tackled throughout the school year. Due to COVID-19 school closures in Chile, Fundación Ciencia Joven has virtualized all their STEM Academies by utilizing online platforms to continue with their classes and trainings that have expanded to Paraguay and Uruguay.

Chile
Colombia

In Colombia, PADF is working with Corporación Cipsela, a non-profit organization focused on promoting STEM activities through a scientific and aerospace technology-based curricula. Through their STEM Clubs in Envigado, Itagui, Caldas, La Estrella, and Sabaneta in Colombia, Cipsela has improved STEM Education by developing students’ and teacher’s competencies through STEM Clubs focused in aerospace as well as their teacher trainings. Due to school closures in Colombia, Cipsela has been able to virtually continue their teacher trainings and has delivered STEM-aerospace kits to their students so that the STEM Clubs could continue with a total of 80 students participating at home.

Colombia

In Colombia, PADF is working with Corporación Cipsela, a non-profit organization focused on promoting STEM activities through a scientific and aerospace technology-based curricula. Through their STEM Clubs in Envigado, Itagui, Caldas, La Estrella, and Sabaneta in Colombia, Cipsela has improved STEM Education by developing students’ and teacher’s competencies through STEM Clubs focused in aerospace as well as their teacher trainings. Due to school closures in Colombia, Cipsela has been able to virtually continue their teacher trainings and has delivered STEM-aerospace kits to their students so that the STEM Clubs could continue with a total of 80 students participating at home.

Colombia
Ecuador

In Ecuador, PADF has partnered with Fundación Fidal, a non-governmental organization focused on the improvement of the quality of education through the empowerment, training and recognition of teachers of Primary, Middle and High school education. Through their STEM Mentoring Program, Fidal has prepared more than 100 teachers on Project or Problem Based Learning (APB) in Quito and surrounding areas. Due to COVID-19 school closures, Fidal has been able to successfully continue their trainings through online platforms and have to-date reached more than 85 teachers.

Ecuador

In Ecuador, PADF has partnered with Fundación Fidal, a non-governmental organization focused on the improvement of the quality of education through the empowerment, training and recognition of teachers of Primary, Middle and High school education. Through their STEM Mentoring Program, Fidal has prepared more than 100 teachers on Project or Problem Based Learning (APB) in Quito and surrounding areas. Due to COVID-19 school closures, Fidal has been able to successfully continue their trainings through online platforms and have to-date reached more than 85 teachers.

Ecuador
Panama

Panama’s thriving economy has spawned the need for many new jobs that require STEM skills. However, the Panamanian work force is largely under qualified for such jobs. Therefore, employers are compelled to hire foreigners. We’ve partnered with FUNDESTEAM to equip 250 teachers with the necessary leadership skills to teach 2,500 students per year on STEM subjects in Panama City, which has been dubbed the “City of Knowledge.” Due to COVID-19 school closures, Fundesteam has been working with the Ministry of Education to virtually reach more than 44,000 students nation-wide through their Zoom classrooms.

Peru

In Peru, PADF is working with Robotec, a non-profit association that has spread science and technology since 2002 through a holistic approach and execution of projects. Through STEM Clubs and teacher trainings, Robotec has taught participants problem solving methods that promote creativity, reasoning and collaboration such as: Computational, Systemic, Algorithmic and Heuristic Thinking, among others. Due to school closures in Lima, Peru, Robotec has strongly focused on virtually preparing teachers with didactic STEM methodologies to prepare them for the realization of STEM projects.

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