As shared with you earlier this year, SeaVuria partnered with Rotary International on a two-year Vocational Training Team Grant, in which Rotary International funded a team of local Seattle-based science teachers (the vocational team) to work with over 60 teachers in our Kenyan partner schools. The goal of the partnership was to collaborate on improving teaching techniques from the current didactic approach to one that is interactive, hands-on, relevant, meaningful and engaging. In addition, our hope in the schools was to positively influence students to see themselves as capable scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, that can succeed in their STEM education.
Our dedicated team put in a great deal of time, preparation and thoughtfulness into planning their professional development lessons, and in return were richly rewarded with fulfilling experiences, encouraging moments, and lasting memories.
On April 26th, 2017, Stephen Mutuku and Christopher Kisilu arrived in Seattle, Washington for a 15-day whirlwind of meetings, school visits, teacher collaborations, and of course, a little Seattle sight-seeing. Stephen and Christopher have been invaluable partners to SeaVuria since its inception, and we were happy to introduce them to their teaching colleagues here in Seattle and share the current science and technology teaching techniques used in our schools.With productive dialogues about projects, resources, and participation, we have worked together to create an effective plan for moving forward in 2017 and beyond.
SeaVuria strongly believes in the efficacy of Project Based Learning (PBL), a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. So, we are creating projects!
In our story, SeaVuria Expands Projects!, we mentioned that research shows “Teachers may need time and professional development to become familiar with Project Based Learning methods, but those who make this shift in classroom practice report increased job satisfaction. (Hixson, Ravitz, & Whisman, 2012; Strobel & van Barneveld, 2009)
It is our goal at SeaVuria, to not just ship over technology tools and curriculum packages to the rural schools of Kenya, but to share our time, experience, and ideas in a collaborative setting, designed to edify teachers and make them successful in the classroom.
SeaVuria For Teachers is a categorized database of web-based resources such as video lectures, student interactives and content-based games that are intended to aid teachers in their math and science pedagogy and aid students in their understanding of challenging concepts. Currently, teachers can find valuable online tools to support student learning in the disciplines of Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.