What is a STEAM & Global Citizenship?
Our STEAM and Global Citizenship Program is a sustainable framework offered to middle and high school girls during Out of School Time (OST) in informal learning environments.
The STEAM and Global Citizenship Program and a Mentoring-Model extension gives girls a lens for learning and experiencing STEAM through culture and hands-on, project-based learning. The students who successfully complete the Mentoring-Model extension of STEAM & Global Citizenship Program are candidate applicants for the STEAM and Global Citizenship Program annual trip. This program help leaners a) to nurture personal respect and respect for others; diversity and inclusion, b) encourages students to solve problems, make decisions, think critically, communicate ideas effectively and work well within teams and groups, c) learn by doing and by collaborating with others, and d) gain an understanding of how the world apply STEAM to create products, services and beautiful artifacts.
A STEAM & Global Citizenship Immersion Trip is very like a college abroad program, except on a much smaller scale that allow girls to explore STEAM using culturally relevant tools. Our girls will spend 10-15 days during their summer vacation visiting and learning about both domestic and global needs of another country. The girls will collaborate with their contemporaries to design, develop, and deploy two hands-on projects.
This program takes girls with amazing interest and ability, and give them global experiences to make safe and new discoveries: not only about each other, but also about themselves, their communities, and their ability to situate and contextualize issues—local, national, and international––that affect their lives. Prior to the trip, the cohort of girls successfully completes the Life Paradigms, Inc. Blueprint for Womanhood Leadership Development Program, which comprises five months of skillsets building, arts explorations, and assignments for learning about the visiting country.
What Countries Have We Visited?
The inaugural trip was to Ghana, West Africa.
According to the latest report produced by the Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, 9 of the promising emerging markets for 2016 are in Africa; South Africa and Nigeria (Currently Sub-Saharan Africa’s two biggest economies) followed by Kenya and Ghana. This shows a high confidence from global investors, in African countries.
We have successfully impacted the lives of 75 girls in one year. This program is intended to broaden participation of girls entering STEAM disciplines, create global citizens, and give girls the tools for delivering solutions to critical-issues impacting the world.
How Much Does It Cost?
It costs for international travels is approximately $5,000 and for domestic travels the investment is approximately $2600 for each young girl to participate in the program.
What is next?
In Summer 2018, Arizona girls will travel to two U.S. cities (DC & NYC) where they will collaborate and make STEAM hands-on projects with their contemporaries and visit amazing sites for gaining insights about STEAM in all things. In 2019, our girls will go back to the continent of Africa in either Tanzania, Rwanda or South Africa.
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Two dynamic non-profit organizations, Strong TIES and Life Paradigms, Inc., joined forces to make a life changing impact in the lives of girls through a two-week immersion experience in Ghana Africa. Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), African American girls fostered dialogue with their African contemporaries, cultivated an awareness of their global responsibilities and participated in hands-on projects that benefited the village they visited. By leveraging technology, we enabled global exchanges and conversations between middle and high school students who otherwise would not meet. Thereby promoting empathy, peace, and build 21st century workforce skills.
Our U.S. girls worked with two different groups of girls on STEAM projects. The first project involved our U.S. girls and Ghanaian girls in Nema, which is located in the city of Accra, Ghana. The second group of students comprised of our U.S. girls and Ghanaian in Kumasi, Ghana at St. Louis Senior High School. St. Louis is a prestigious all girls first-class academic center of excellence and boarding school. At both locations, the girls were given instructions for learning the foundations of electrical energy and were given practical hands-on projects. The girl’s collaboration in Nema led to the idea creation and design of mobile apps projects. The collaboration with the girls at St. Louis led to the design and making of mobile phone chargers.