World Learning Europe received a $20,000 USD (£15,800), a 1-year grant as part of Boeing’s second century talent and innovation initiative. World Learning Europe is currently working with the World Learning team based in Algiers, Algeria and have partnered with the Algiers STEAM Centre to engage students in core STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) competency education programmes aimed at preparing them for next-generation high-tech opportunities.
The Algiers STEAM Centre is an industry-led initiative to strengthen the innovation, critical thinking and communication skills of the Algerian workforce via direct training of youth, targeted training of teachers, and community education forums and events. Since the Algiers STEAM Centre’s launch in April 2016, over 2,500 individuals have registered for activities and over 200 youth have taken part in hands-on learning opportunities.
Boeing support has enabled the programme called Ways of Thinking – Curiosity Machine, which seeks to encourage critical thinking, problem solving and inquiry skills in classrooms using Boeing’s Curiosity Machine platform. The Curiosity Machine builds context and interactivity around engineering concepts by simplifying them through active online learning exercises.
In addition to youth engagement activities, the programme is helping educators to focus on teaching through inquiry and building critical thinking skills. The Centre is now offering a 8-week STEAM teacher training course, open to interested teachers across Algeria who can travel to attend the weekend sessions. An intensive summer series will be offered as well, allowing teachers to complete the 8 modules of trainings in 2 weeks.
Boeing’s collaboration aims to inspire and cultivate a global workforce for aerospace innovation by increasing access to education, accelerating skills development and enriching the educational experience for students.World Learning Europe is enjoying working with Boeing to build an inclusive, forward-looking programme that sets a benchmark for similar future engagements.