Educando launches STEM MÉXICO!
STEM México, a teacher training program focused on science and math, will start its operation in the state of Campeche, one of the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. Located in the southeast, Campeche has a population of almost one million people, 75% living in urban areas by the coast.
STEM México will offer its first training program to the staff of the state Secretary of Education, Mr. Ricardo Miguel Medina Farfán. Around 80 people are expected to attend the sessions on August 24 and 25 at the Secretary of Education in Campeche. The staff will then be tasked to replicate the training to public high school teachers in the state. The first phase of STEM México will span two years and it aims to impact 12 thousand students.
The training sessions will be led by STEM México and STEM Brasil’s Director and Manager, Marcos Paim and Anderson Sakuma, respectively, and STEM México Coordinator, Eduardo Flores. STEM Brasil has already trained over 4,600 teachers, impacting over 574,000 students.
For the past year, Educando has worked on the design phase of the STEM México program, adapting best practices from STEM Brasil to the Mexican public school context. It started with a broad analysis of the Mexican educational system, and then moved into an in-depth development and adaptation of the program activities.
In November 2017, Educando offered a demonstration workshop of the concepts of STEM to over 60 Mexican teachers at the Papalote Museo del Niño, in Mexico City. The objective was to collect input and feedback from teachers to better outline the program in Mexico. The results were very positive. Teachers left excited about the program and interested in applying the STEM methodology in the classroom. Educando expects the program to expand to the entire country through partnerships with local governments and international donors and partners.
Educando currently runs two other educational programs in Mexico: IAPE and LISTO. IAPE (Inter-American Partnership for Education) trains, empowers and supports a large network of educators to improve English teaching in public schools. LISTO is focused on public school principals, helping build creative leaders and competent educators through a combination of workshops and coaching techniques.