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Robotics for young women with disabilities

by Fundacion Omar Dengo
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics for young women with disabilities
Robotics is a team effort
Robotics is a team effort

Dear friends and donors,

 

As the second part of the year comes to our door, we are excited to continue working to bring training opportunities for young girls with hearing disabilities. Without your support, this would not be possible.

In our previous report, we presented to you all the results achieved in the execution of the first training program for young women who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are still working to achieve our goal, and thanks to the support and work of Global Giving, we have been able to establish other donor support.  For example, the Motorola Solutions Foundation is supporting our cause and thanks to their help, we were able to execute three additional robotics courses for young people with disabilities including 27 young women who are deaf or with hearing conditions. This is, for sure, great news for all of us!

The support given by Global Giving and their 2019 fundraising campaigns were a great opportunity for us to engage once more with you, our supporters. Now, we are happy and excited to participate in Global Giving´s 2019 Photo Contest. This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about the amazing projects receiving support through the Global Giving platform. So please make sure to follow our social networks and to support our cause to bring educational opportunities to women across Costa Rica.

Please remember to share our project with family and friends!

 

Thank you! 

Little by little campaign on our social networks
Little by little campaign on our social networks
Mission accomplished, our first robot!
Mission accomplished, our first robot!
Kimberly proudly shows her robot
Kimberly proudly shows her robot

Dear donors and friends,

Your support made it possible! Eleven young deaf women completed training and gained new knowledge and skills in programming and robotics as well as abilities in teamwork and leadership. The training sessions were held from March 23 until April 27 thanks to the financial resources that you kindly donated since the beginning of the campaign at GlobalGiving.

The workshop uses didactic resources and methodological strategies adapted to the needs of this population and are facilitated by a trained mediator and a Costa Rican sign language (LESCO) interpreter. During the training sessions, young women were given pre- and post-test evaluations to understand the usefulness of training and the participant´s mindsets towards robotics and STEAM subjects. At the end of the training program, the young women showed an increase understanding of concepts related with sensors, simple gears, motors, laws of robotics, finite cycle and multitasking. At the same time, 63% of the young women considered that they were learning something new, and 83% of them found appealing the training sessions. This represents a positive result, considering the complexity of the subject and the methodologies used by the facilitators.

You can find a thank you message from the participants in this exclusive video, prepared by the Omar Dengo Foundation (FOD) to celebrate your support to this great cause. At FOD, we feel grateful for having the opportunity to work with such extraordinary group of young women and for the support that each of you gave us to make this a reality.

As we have reported earlier, FOD is working with other partners to execute new training sessions and we will continue working through GlobalGiving towards completing our goal of $10,000 so that other young deaf women and young women with cognitive disabilities in Costa Rica can have similar empowering and learning experiences. Your support and commitment are highly appreciated and we will value if you can share our project with family and friends.

Please, remember to watch the video here.

Once again, thank you!

Robotics training through practical experiences
Robotics training through practical experiences
Young woman training in robotics
Young woman training in robotics

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Learning how to build and program a robot.
Learning how to build and program a robot.

Dear friends,

 

Thanks to your support, we will begin the execution of the first training worskshop on March 23, 2019 followed by four other sessions for the first cohort of young women. We are now recruiting 15 young women who are deaf, to participate in this training in robotics, fully funded by the resources that you have donated through our GlobalGiving campaign.

At the same time, the Omar Dengo Foundation will start the implementation of two training courses for young deaf women through a grant with the Motorola Solutions Foundation. These training courses will be held starting April 4, 2019 and then on July 20 2019. Each of these training courses will include five different sessions for a total of 20 hours of training. Currently, we are also executing two training courses in robotics for young people with cognitive disabilities with the financial support of CAF America. The pictures in this report show young women benefited in these training courses.

We will carry out all these training courses with the technical and pedagogical excellence that characterizes all of Omar Dengo Foundation´s initiatives. We have more than 30 years of experience working in support of the educational system of Costa Rica, allowing us to collaborate with organizations such as GlobalGiving, but this is just the beginning. Your generous donations will help our efforts to keep bringing educational opportunities to these young women.

We want to keep working with you and our strategic partners to reach our goal of $10,000 for this project, and thus improve the quality and equity of learning opportunities of our beneficiaries.

Thank you!

Learning robotics takes team effort
Learning robotics takes team effort
Hands-on, practical learning of robotics
Hands-on, practical learning of robotics
Learning robotics, from theory to practice
Learning robotics, from theory to practice
Priscilla shows her Robotics creation
Priscilla shows her Robotics creation

Dear friends of Fundación Omar Dengo,

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to thank you for your amazing contributions and support so that Costa Rican young women with mild cognitive disabilities or who are deaf may have access to introductory training programs in Robotics designed and developed by the Omar Dengo Foundation.

Prior to this fundraising campaign, we graduated a first cohort of 11 young deaf women who completed the first pilot training. One of these young women, Priscilla, wants to apply the knowledge gained during the training course to transform blocks and programming and work towards becoming a great pastry chef employing technology into her creations. This is very exciting for all of us at the Foundation, and we are all looking forward to learning from Priscilla´s experience in the future.

Thanks to your kind contributions, we will implement new Robotics training programs for young deaf women starting this next April 2019. Furthermore, thanks to the success with our pilot training and the exposure and networking gained throughout the Global Giving campaign, we were able to secure a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation that will fund the execution of two training sessions for young deaf women. In addition, we will be able to provide robotics-training courses for young women with mild cognitive disabilities, through a contribution from a donor-advice fund from CAF America. Finally, Intelitek donated us 40 CoderZ software licenses, an online learning environment for Robotics that will allow young women supported by your donations to access the software once they have finished the face-to-face Robotics training program with us.

Our work and partnership with Global Giving continues to develop training strategies and supporting young women across Costa Rica. Your support and friendship with our mission represents a milestone in achieving a more just and prosperous society and bringing educational opportunities to our young people.

Once again, thank you for your support and we at the Fundación Omar Dengo wish you happy holidays!.

Regards,

 

Eduardo Monge

Project Leader

Young deaf women benefited by pilot training
Young deaf women benefited by pilot training
Cohort of young deaf women and their teachers
Cohort of young deaf women and their teachers
Showing how her robot moves!
Showing how her robot moves!

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Fundacion Omar Dengo

Location: San Jose - Costa Rica
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Twitter: @funda_omardengo
Project Leader:
Eduardo Monge
San Jose, Costa Rica
$3,665 raised of $10,000 goal
 
93 donations
$6,335 to go
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