The assessment includes:
Mapping of all Government offices, NGO, Academic, and corporate actors involved in STEM Education and the entrepreneur field within the country.
Assess the educational content and quality taught by the various local actors to both teachers and students in the academic system.
Build partnerships with the local Ministry of Education, Ministry of Innovation and any other Ministry that can contribute to the development of the national STEM education system.
Begin discussions with the appropriate Academic Institution (Universities) that align with STEMpower’s vision to make sure its partners are maximizing the resources offered by STEMpower. The organization sees its involvement on a national level so to be able to maximize the impact on the whole country.
Identify the specific needs of each academic institution in terms of equipment, content enrichment, type of facilities that will accommodate the centers and discuss the self-sustainability of each center.
STEMpower envisions the academic institutions across the country as the catchment areas that pull high school students from the surrounding communities wanting to learn & develop their technical skills.
STEMpower also sees grades 8 – 12 as the optimal age to expose to STEM education and who eventually would become more intwined with local universities.
STEMpower usually focuses on academic institutions that plan or already have teaching staff with technical backgrounds, including ICT and TVET staff.
Initially, STEMpower provides a computer lab and electronics lab that is set up by the organizations’ technical team.
STEMpower provides training to teachers on STEM, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Industrialization. The curriculum is adjusted and is provided in steps beginning with basic STEM education training and moving to more sophisticated training for teachers and students.
STEMpower enters countries where the local government categorizes STEM Education, Entrepreneurship & Industrialization as one of its core mandates. Therefore, the organizations’ work with the local government is of the utmost importance allowing the state to reclaim ownership over each center after STEMpower installs the centers and provides the training to each local academic institute.
Each STEM Center should include a Director/Admin and at least 2 part time mentors from within the academic institution. Mentors from the organization’s experience can be also students.
STEMpower sees its centers as the core excellence center that attracts high school and university students. This one is a more advanced level where the organization in partnership with the local government will have a FabLab which will allow access for the students and young entrepreneurs local who are interested in building prototypes of concepts that will enable them to build startups and businesses that would be the industrial backbone of the country helping it economically grow.