To inspire, engage and provide support to public school science and math teachers.
Our mission is to dramatically improve science and math teaching standards so disadvantaged students will finish high school, attend college and pursue the economically-critical science and engineering fields.
STEM Brasil gives teachers hands-on training in new techniques to enliven the state-mandated science and math curriculum. These techniques focus on project-based learning - the use of rigorous classroom projects to facilitate learning of concepts and theory. In this framework, students collaborate on projects and work together to solve problems; the teacher plays the role of facilitator.
The training has four subject areas: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Math. Workplace 21st Century Skills (managing information, problem-solving, communicating and networking) are incorporated in the learning activities for each subject area. The sessions are demanding: the program is comprised of 180 hours over the course of two school years.
The strength of STEM Brasil lies in the long term investment in human capital. Between the quarterly teacher training sessions, the dialogue between teacher trainer and the teachers continues via the educational platform, the Virtual Learning Community (CAV). The teachers share videos, photos and experiences as well as reach out to their colleagues and the teacher trainers, should they have any doubts or questions or best practice ideas to share.
STEM Brasil trainers visit each school to observe classes, interview teachers, students, and staff members, and above all else, help teachers with questions and concerns regarding the execution of STEM Brasil's methodology and activities with their students. Teacher trainers give individualized assistance to the teachers to inspire added confidence, thus increasing the number of STEM Brasil activities they do with their students.
STEM Brasil is training today’s teachers to create tomorrow’s leaders.
Since its launch in 2009, STEM Brasil has reached 4,058 teachers and coordinators in Acre, Amapá, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia, São Paulo, Sergipe y Tocantins. These teachers reach a total of 458,178 students annually.
Location: Acre, Amapá, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia, São Paulo, Sergipe y Tocantins.
Number of teachers participating: 4,058
Number of students influenced: 458,178
STEM Brasil reached the states of Espírito Santo, Paraíba, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in 2016 and is expanding even further this year. STEM Brasil is currently in 16 of the 26 Brazilian states.
As of 2017, STEM Brasil is serving 16 Brazilian states, of which 11 are new states. This expansion adds 337 new schools and 2,352 new teachers who will receive STEM Brasil training materials and kits.
STEM Brasil laboratory class with students at EE Prof. José Aperecido Guedes de Azevedo in Bauru, SP
Teacher training in Porto Alegre, RS in June of 2015
Training in Rio de Janeiro, RJ in June of 2015
We need your help
STEM Brasil has already made important strides in reaching our goal. To date, more than 4,058 teachers have participated in our advanced training sessions. Our teachers are trained in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math and currently reach more than 458,178 students throughout the country. We are on course to double those numbers over the next two years. We are proud of the work we have accomplished, but much more remains to be done.
It is through sustained and successful partnerships that STEM Brasil can continue our important work. Help us today!
Training Teachers Works
Read of the impact that our STEM Brasil program has had in participating teachers:
Worldfund Brazil has developed thorough internal evaluation instruments to measure STEM Brasil’s impact on teacher performance and student outcomes. Worldfund administers school, teacher and student questionnaires and surveys and monitors math and science standardized test scores from participating schools.
By interviewing teachers, school coordinators and principals, we were able to measure the importance of STEM Brasil in the schools!
Worldfund has also been able to show, through standardized test scores, conclusive and quantitative evidence that STEM Brasil has a positive impact on student outcomes.
In addition to these evaluation measures, STEM Brasil has its own unique online platform called the Virtual Learning Community (CAV) where teachers, trainers, and Worldfund staff can share resources and experiences. It is a way to augment the in-person training while also sharing best practices about the activities teachers have successfully implemented in the classroom. This online environment gives teachers a consistent source of support, while also allowing Worldfund to monitor teacher performance. All teachers and supervisory staff that currently participate in STEM Brasil are registered in the CAV.