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 2,275 teachers and coordinators in Recife, PE, Araraquara, SP, the Integral Schools throughout the state of São Paulo, and Rio Grande do Sul. These teachers reach a total of 252,075 students annually.
Next year, STEM Brasil will launch in Espírito Santo, Maranhão, and Paraíba! 30 new schools and 300 new teachers will receive STEM Brasil trainings and materials. We will soon be adding new schools in the state of Rio de Janeiro! STEM Brasil is currently active in three states.
Location: Pernambuco, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Paraíba.
Number of teachers participating: 2,632
Number of students influenced: 316,338
*Values up-to-date as of August 31, 2016
STEM Brasil is the official training program for Science and Math secondary teachers working at the Public Full-Time Schools (Escolas de Tempo Integral) in the state of Sao Paulo. By the end of the 2014 school year, over 400 teachers in 70 schools have completed the two year STEM Brasil training. At the end of 2015, STEM Brasil will have trained a total of 1,500 teachers in 180 schools throughout the Sao Paulo state. The results are already starting to show: students are conducting research and are winning awards at various Science Fairs, in Brazil and abroad. We are proud to highlight that 85% of STEM Brasil participating schools showed an increase of over 20% in Math scores in the official state examinations (SARESP 2013).
STEM Brasil laboratory class with students at EE Prof. José Aperecido Guedes de Azevedo in Bauru, SP
Rio Grande do Sul
In December of 2015, the first full program of STEM Brasil teacher trainings and school visits was completed in 28 schools in Rio Grande do Sul. Feedback shows that teachers are use the STEM Brasil activities in their classes and are enthusiastic about doing so more as the see the way students become more engaged in the learning process.
Teacher training in Porto Alegre, RS in June of 2015
Rio de Janeiro
STEM Brasil's first teacher training and school visits for 26 schools in Rio de Janeiro will continue throughout 2016. Feedback from the trainings and visits that have taken place was overwhelmingly positive, showing that teachers greatly value the STEM Brasil program. We are excited to see the training results in action with the students in the upcoming months!
Training in Rio de Janeiro, RJ in June of 2015
Clinton Global Initiative Latin America
At the Clinton Global Initiative Latin America, Worldfund announced a commitment to action to increase science and math teacher training programs in the state of São Paulo that would impact 200 new teachers and consequently 20,000 students by 2014, which we achieved! Read more here.
We need your help
STEM Brasil has already made important strides in reaching our goal. To date, more than 2,275 teachers have participated in our advanced training sessions. Our teachers are trained in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math and currently reach more than 252,075 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.