Phalarope, Inc.

  Improving young lives by empowering women and involving men

Education

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—STEM, and therefore, STEM education—are vital to our future—the future of our country, the future of our region and the future of our children. Besides, STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences. Science is our natural world— sun, moon and stars…lands and oceans…weather, natural disasters, the diversity of nature, animals (large, small, microbial)…plants and food…the fuel that heats our homes and powers transportation…The list is almost endless. In today’s world, technology means computers and smartphones, but it goes back to television, radio, microscopes, telegraph, telescopes, the compass, and even the first wheel. Yes, engineering designs buildings, roads, and bridges, but it also tackles today’s challenges of transportation, global warming and environment-friendly machines, appliances and systems. We only have to look around to see what improvements to our lives and our homes have been engineered in the last decade alone. We encounter mathematics at the grocery store, the bank, on tax forms, in dealing with investments and the family budget. Every other STEM field depends on mathematics. STEM is important, because it pervades every aspect of our lives. Phalarope's programs are aim to improve learning experiences for your children in math and science, therefore preparing them for the future.


LEARN TO ACTION STEM PROGRAM

 This curriculum will take into consideration schools’ limited access to teaching resources,  high student-teacher ratio, rural location.  Phalarope’s  “ Learn to Action STEM program   will promote students to investigate and engineer solutions to problems, and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena connecting all four areas of STEM.  It will also focus on a student’s social, emotional, physical, and academic needs through shared contributions of schools, families, and community partners. Phalarope will use an aquaponics ecosystem to develop lessons plans,  games, and problem-solving activities to teach STEM concepts.   

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  1. Improve math and science score among 3rd to 6th grade children
  2. Reduce drop-out rates among 3rd to 6th grade children
  3. To train teachers on content and delivery STEM concepts
  4. To create hands-on models to teach STEM concepts

Phalarope will be implementing this program at Casa del Nino en Antigua Guatemala (CANI) a non-for profit that works with children  from poor neighborhoods with a  high prevalence rate of gangs and violence.  Some of these children live in homes were drugs and domestic violence are present in the family.  CANI provides lower school education, technical training for parents,  recycling and vegetables gardens, soccer.