We support the view that STEM literacy is a foundational skill that matters for all careers. STEM builds critical thinking abilities, creativity and collaboration skills. Gaining STEM proficiency provides the basis for these skills and builds the flexibility to adapt quickly to frequent changes in the labor market. Physical computing with Micro:bit has been included in the National Curriculum of Grade 8 and 9 from 2019 onwards. On the one hand, this is a huge win for us. Now parents, teachers and students will show more interest in these areas.
However, many students will not get the chance to learn these lessons due to lack of teachers with right knowledge and lack of resources like required micro-controllers in their schools. There are more than 6000 government schools in Sri Lanka. According to the informal research we have done, students in more than half of those schools will miss these lessons.
STEMUp Educational Foundation launched this project in 100 selected rural schools to bridge this knowledge gap. In a nutshell, our well-trained volunteers will cover relevant course contents through 1:M sessions in those schools and will distribute one IoT kit per school for further studies. After each session, ICT teacher will be instructed to create minimum of 05 teams. One team will consist of 4 Students.
Each team will submit an identified problem and a solution that can be implemented. Those ideas will be submitted online by the respective teacher. STEMUp trainers/volunteers will be coordinating it with teachers. Those entries will directly go to the Hack:Bit 2019 First Round.