The Experiment STEAM Discovery Lab (Spring 2021)

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Explore topics in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math with high school students from across the U.S. and Egypt this winter. Gain hands-on experience in STEAM projects and develop your leadership skills through this FREE interactive virtual program.

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Program Description

The Experiment STEAM Discovery Lab

The Experiment Digital: STEAM Discovery Lab will bring together 66 American youth and 50-100 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. The Experiment Digital: STEAM Discovery Lab prepares participants to be more civically engaged and lead. Participants 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

– Increased involvement in civil society and volunteering

– 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 in Leadership & Global Issues Analysis, 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.

Our Application for The Experiment: STEAM Discovery Lab Winter 2021 will open in October. Prospective participants apply online. The priority enrollment deadline is on November 20, 2020. Applicants must fully complete their applications and demonstrate motivation to complete the program. Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates about the program. 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

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.

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PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Program Availability:

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How To Apply

Who is eligible to apply ?

  • Are between the ages of 14–19 years old
  • Are 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*
  • Can devote 3-4 hours each week to the program Interest in STEAM-focused programming (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and cross-cultural exchange
  • Fully complete the application for admission and demonstrate motivation to complete 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.

*If selected to our program, we will provide support for data plans if you do not have consistent access to the Internet.

 

Educator Resources

The Experiment Digital: STEAM Discovery Lab is designed not only for individual participant enrollment but also for educators who wish to enroll their classes into the program or integrate the program into an extracurricular activity. Below are ways educators can partner with The Experiment Digital: STEAM Discovery Lab to meet educational goals:

Classroom Commitment & Engagement

Time: 3-4 hours per week in class or assigned 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 as incentive for students to stay engaged.

Extracurricular Commitment & Engagement

Time: 3-4 hours per week outside of regular class time. Flexible on number and frequency of set times to meet as a club to work on and discuss the exchange together vs time for individual work.

Role: Educator can choose to be added to exchange groups to observe or opt to receive progress

updates on students and commit to checking in virtually or in person throughout the program.

Integration: 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 and offerings. This program is also a great integration into community/ informal education programs.

Individual Commitment & Engagement

Time: 3-4 hours a week on individual student’s schedule.

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.