The Experiment Digital STEAM Discovery Lab

Join The Experiment Digital STEAM Discovery Lab. This fully funded winter virtual experience is modeled on The Experiment Digital’s successful summer virtual exchange program. For 3-4 hours per week from February 8 to March 21, 2021, The Experiment STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Discovery Lab prepares participants to implement STEAM-based projects in their local communities.

STEAM

Social Change

Community Service

Certificate

Leadership

Peace, Politics & Human Rights

Art

Program Description

The Experiment Digital STEAM Discovery Lab will bring together American and Egyptian youth to explore youth leadership and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). This fully funded winter virtual experience is modeled on The Experiment Digital’s successful summer virtual exchange program. Participants in The Experiment Digital STEAM Discovery Lab will formulate and implement STEAM-based service projects in their local communities, and come away from the program with:

– An enhanced understanding and practice of leadership

– Mutual understanding between youth from different cultures

– STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Completion, access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Alumni Network, unique project funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State, and a $400 scholarship for summer 2022 towards participation in one of The Experiment in International Living’s programs around the world.

Program Difference

The Experiment Digital STEAM Discovery Lab will draw upon World Learning’s years of experience in in working on STEM secondary education in Egypt, utilizing an internal team of STEM experts in the U.S. and Egypt who will facilitate online experiential learning activities. World Learning, in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Education (MoE) and other partners, developed a network of eleven STEM high schools that embody trans-disciplinary collaboration, real world applications, and critical thinking.

The program will accommodate students of all STEM experience and proficiency levels. Participants grouped into two to three 50-student neighborhoods, each led by one trained facilitator with prior Experiment Digital experience. There will also be a third “roving facilitator” – a bilingual (English-Arabic) Egyptian with STEM expertise.

We invite you to check out our past events

The Experiment Digital Alumni Q&A event from October 27, 2020, including Digital Experimenters from summer 2020.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Prerequisite:

None

Dates:

February 8, 2021 – March 21, 2021

Time Commitment:

4 Hours/Week

Program Fee:

Fully Funded

Countries:

Egypt and USA

Our Application for The Experiment Digital STEAM Discovery Lab is now Closed.

The final application deadline was on January 8, 2021. Due to a high number of U.S. applications received on the priority deadline, accepted participants will be added to our waitlist.

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Questions? Contact us at info@experiment.org or at 1(800)345-2929 inside the U.S. or 1(802)258-3481 outside the U.S

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 14–19 years old
  • Be currently enrolled in or have not yet completed high school
  • Reside in the United States or Egypt
  • Have basic English language competency
  • Have regular access to the Internet*
  • Be able to devote 3-4 hours each week to the program.

During our application review, we look for participants who: (1) Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals; (2) Are passionate about developing their leadership and cross-cultural communication skills; (3) Have an open-minded attitude and are willing to learn from others; (4) Have a demonstrated interest in STEAM; (5) Have not had extensive travel experience.

Educator Resources

Participant Commitments and Class Integration Guide for Students and Educators

Individual Commitment & Engagement

Time: 3-4 hours a week.

Role: Educators share information with students and encourage them to apply and get involved on their own. Educator will serve as a point of contact but have no expectations of involvement.

Integration: The semester program is led by trained facilitators and supported by World Learning staff and exchange alumni. Students can engage in program activities and receive feedback and support, anytime from the comfort of their homes. The application is open to youth from the US and Egypt to apply individually outside of partner schools and organizations.

Classroom Commitment & Engagement

Time: 3-4 hours per week in class or as homework.

Role: Educators are added to the exchange groups to observe and keep track of student progress. Educators commit to providing 1:1 support to their students throughout the program.

Integration: The core topics or discussions that take place in the online exchange classroom can be integrated into lessons and applied to coursework and class subjects. Educators may also incorporate the exchange into final reports, class projects, or exemption from exams.

Note: we will support individual applicants in seeking permission to complete these commitments out of school or as part of an individual school project.

Extracurricular Commitment & Engagement

Time: 3-4 hours per week outside of regular class time.

Educators or advisors who oversee extracurricular clubs and activities with a focus on STEAM, world languages and culture, debate and discussion, global citizenship, leadership, etc. can incorporate virtual programming into their club or team activities or offerings. This program is also a great integration into community/information education offerings.

Sample Activities

  • Learn about robotic engineering and programming
  • Learn about electricity, electronic devices, and controlled systems through hands-on applications
  • Write and draw to reflect on your learning throughout the program
  • Develop a self-portrait using mathematics and chemistry
  • For advanced participants, create an avatar while improving your creative thinking, analytical ability, and problem-solving skills
  • Share your perspective and read what others have to say about stereotypes
  • Discuss power dynamics in your community with your peers through a video call
  • Identify a global STEM problem (e.g. pollution) in the U.S. and in Egypt and explore ways to solve it using STEM
  • Watch videos about culture and tradition in Egypt and the U.S.

Featured STEAM Experts

DR. DEEPA SRIKANTAIAH

Senior Education & Research Specialist, World Learning

Deepa Srikantaiah, PhD, has more than 15 years of experience working on mathematics, science, and literacy education programs in the U.S., East Africa, and South and East Asia. She currently supports World Learning’s education programs focused on early grade mathematics, literacy, and STEM.

AHMAD TOWFEQ

Engineer & Educator

Ahmad Towfeq is an electronics and communication engineer with extensive experience in STEM and virtual learning. Since 2005, he has led numerous e-learning projects focused on education and business development. In 2018, Towfeq and other STEM experts founded STEM Eduneers to use their expertise to support education organizations interested in STEM development

Funder Acknowledgement

The Experiment Digital is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. The Experiment Digital STEAM Discovery Lab is powered by the Boeing-funded STEM Hub in Egypt.

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