Discovering Without Borders

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Discovering Without Borders

I started the Social Enterprise “Discovering without Borders” as I wanted to provide equal access and opportunity for all children to learn STEM subjects in a hands-on interactive way. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering Math and I run my workshops in partnership with innovative faciilitators who are passionate about exploring these subjects together with the children. At times I do introduce “Architecture” to the students as the design thinking and building compliments the STEM subjects.
I partner with start-up companies so I am able to tap into the latest technology and inventions to introduce to the children – and sometimes I am able to intoduce these inventions and allow the children to “play” with these inventions even before they are launched into the market place which makes the discoveries and exploration for the children very unique and accessible.
I have been running my STEM workshops for about a year now and have reached over 2000 children. The most memorable moment for me was when I was working on a 2 week (30 hour) STEM program for 6 special needs children. Some of the children were non-verbal, others had high needs and I was explained that at least one child may not live due to her brain tumor condition. So for 2 weeks I worked with my team to put together a hands-on STEM workshop 3 hours per day to reach and encourage these children to enjoy learning with their hands. We used hand gestures, songs and technology to encouarge interaction and engagement. By the end of the 2 weeks I wrote a report for each child and gave it to their parents to show them that children with special needs can learn to love STEM subjects when they are given the right resources and encouraging environment.
A key challenge I face would be finding the right staff who are passionate and reliable to work on the STEM projects that I run for the children. I offer paid work to students from home shelters and to single mothers from low income bckgrounds and I try and instill the values and purpose to them through on the job training however it is a challenge to keep the staff on a long term basis.
My dream vision for Discovering without Borders would be to reach on a global scale all the nationas that lack the educational infrastructure to teach and facilitate STEM. To be able to do this I need to consider offering my STEM workshops through an offline mode so that places that do not require WIFI connection can still access the learning.