I would like to introduce myself. My name in Nicole and I am one of the high school project managers for the Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project. As a student I am proud to have been involved with the project since the beginning. This project has given me the opportunity to learn about cultural differences and give back on a global level. It is truly amazing to see the growth and the community support behind our project since 2009.
Moving ahead, our middle school and high school groups have been working diligently. Although each of our school groups are separated geographically, we have been video conferencing via iPads. We have been able to accomplish a great deal through these conferences.
Some exciting times are headed our project’s way!
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As we all move ahead to a new year, so too does the progress of our project. Currently, we are in the middle of a technology infrastructure upgrade at the James Stine College in St. Marc. We are undergoing improvements to increase the efficiency and reliability of the Internet service at the school. We hope to utilize these upgrades soon as our collaboration continues to evolve.
At our schools in Palmyra, PA, we have a middle school club and a high school club. Although separated by about a mile of geography, our clubs meet simultaneously through Internet conferencing which is some of the same technology we have used with our peers in Haiti. Our high school students use iPads and Facetime to lead project teams at our middle school. We continue to look for ways to expand our reach and our services to our peers in Haiti.
We have many events positively impacting our project this spring, such as…
More details on these events will be highlighted in future updates.
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Since 2006, we have been making science and technology education a reality in St. Marc, Haiti. Thanks to a gift from the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, we embarked on the first elementary school, hands-on science lab in the region. Soon after that, hands-on science training of the Haitian teachers eagerly began. Graduate students from Lebanon Valley College's (LVC) Masters of Science Education Program contributed their time and talent to create science experiences for students and staff in St. Marc. We have also embarked on summer science and technology camps for the students at Les Bons Samaritains. As one thing led to another, a graduate student from LVC spent a semester at Les Bons Samaritains to establish our computer technology connection to further promote science and technology education. Since then, peers from Pennsylvania have created science lessons for the students in Haiti as you will find in the pictures and link below. The Interactive boards we have installed have allowed science lessons to come to life like the one pictured below of the skeletal system. Today, we continue to expand our technology to include the newly completed James Stine College.
I recently read a report that was validating to me, as to the direction we are heading with regard to this project. Science for Haiti: A Report on Advancing Haitian Science and Science Education Capacity (AAAS, 2011) emphasizes the critical role that science and technology education plays for a sustainable Haiti. To access the report, see the link below.
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Through your continued support, we are helping to make science and technology a reality for a sustainable Haiti. Together, we can continue to build on our accomplishments and strive for a sustainable Haiti. Thank you.