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.
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