We are middle school kids in West Africa learning science and technology through the Level Up Village program run by Exponential Education. Ask Us Anything!
TL;DR – Talk to kids we are supporting in West Africa who are dissecting stuff!
Link to a photo of us now: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3qlx3IPOm6mTVN0V0pyNXRPVU0
My name is Meagan Allen, I'm a volunteer with an NGO called Exponential Education in Ghana and I'm here now with some of our students from Ejisu Model Junior Secondary School, Frank, Dzifa, Faustina, Janet, and Aba. Ask us Anything!
Here in Ghana, the education system has many challenges, including an over-reliance on rote learning, lack of funding and resources in general, and under/poorly-trained teachers.
To help counter these challenges, Exponential Education runs various after-school programs, ranging from our flagship Peer-to-Peer Math and English tutoring program, to our Girls Leadership, Empowerment, and Action (LEAP) program, to our Level Up Village (LUV) classes, which focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).
At Ejisu Model JHS we currently run a LUV Global Doctors Anatomy class. The students meet once a week after school to learn about human body systems in a hands-on and interactive way. Through this class, they use scalpels and forceps to dissect and learn, something they would not have the opportunity to do in a regular Ghanaian classroom. We are also running a Global Inventors class, where they get to learn about 3D printing! The kids are also partnered with a school in another country that they exchange videos with to learn about each other's culture, while also sharing observations about their hands-on classes.
If you'd like to help support our organization and important programs like these, please visit our donations page here. A small amount can go a long way and any contribution would be greatly appreciated! None of our American staff take salaries and field staff like myself take small living stipends. All of your donations will go towards supporting our programs here on the ground.
I'd also be happy to send donors a thank-you card from the kids, Ghanaian chocolate, locally produced fabrics and crafts, etc. Just PM me your details so we can work out shipping.
If you are interested in learning about our other programs, check out our past AMAs and our various social media:
Girls LEAP AMA: https://bestofama.com/amas/56ggk3
Director of Operations, Ghana
EDIT: We have been joined by Elsie, the science teacher at Ejisu Model JHS!
UPDATE 11/26 4:25 GMT: The kids when need to leave soon, we will get to as many questions as we can. Thanks for your interest!
UPDATE 11/26 5:36 GMT: The kids and Ms. Elsie had to go home for chores and dinner. I will continue to answer remaining questions, but am about to travel from my office to home (dinner time), so I'll get to them soon!
UPDATE 11/26 8:57 GMT: Thanks everyone for your overwhelming interest! There are just too many questions for me to get to tonight. I have to sign off for now, but will get back to questions tomorrow. I will also try to get in touch with the kids for some more answers from them directly.
UPDATE 11/27 5:24 GMT: I'll try to get to more questions tonight and answer what I can without the kids (they are all at home with their families), but I won't be able to take any more questions after that as I have to do regular work tomorrow. Sorry all!
As a quick reminder, as many of you have asked, you can find out more about supporting our organization and programs on our donate page here. ALSO, we are actually prepping for our annual giving campaign for Giving Tuesday, so feel free to share our info with your networks as well: exponentialeducationprogram.org/donate