Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!

by Yiya Engineering Solutions
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!
Empower 240 Ugandan youth to be student-engineers!

In response to school closures from COVID-19, Yiya designed a brand new offline remote learning program called Yiya AirScience.

Yiya AirScience is an interactive STEM remote learning experience designed for rural populations that have no access to internet, smartphones, or academic materials. Instead, Yiya AirScience uses only technologies that are readily available in all communities of rural Africa: simple keypad phones and radios.

Yiya AirScience launched in late August and already we have over 22,000 Ugandan youth participating, and the numbers of young people registering are increasing every day!

Yiya AirScience quick facts:

 

  • 22,000+ youth registered just 11 weeks into the program launch!

  • 6,000+ youth actively engage in the program everyday by listening to radio lessons and submitting responses to questions via free USSD messaging on a keypad phone.

  • 47% of users are youth who were not enrolled in school before the pandemic!

  • In this first unit of Yiya AirScience, youth are making solar food dryers; an inexpensive technology that demonstrates how to apply science concepts using the engineering design process and common household items to solve the problem of post-harvest storage in rural regions.

  • Families are participating in the Yiya AirScience program together! Young people and their parents/caretakers are listening to the radio lessons, working on the hands-on science experiments, and then submitting lesson responses via a shared phone.

 

Meet some of our Yiya AirScience students

Alison is a 9-year-old Yiya AirScience student from Lira. Alison heard the first Yiya AirScience lesson when she was helping her grandmother with housework when she tuned in to Unity FM Radio. She loves science and wants to be a doctor!

Pauline is from Lukome, a rural village near Gulu. She listens to Yiya AirScience on Mega FM radio in the morning while farming in her family's field. Sometimes she misses a lesson when the radio signal is weak, but she replays the lesson later by triggering a robocall of the recording via USSD on the family phone. She wants to be a midwife!

Click here to watch a demo of Yiya AirScience 

Yiya AirScience also featured in The Observer, a Ugandan Newspaper. Click here to read the article.

Stories from Yiya AirScience students

Click here to listen to stories from some of our students about how they plan to use the knowledge and technology of solar food dryers that they have learned through our Yiya AirScience program. 

 

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Team building games with students!
Team building games with students!

Summary:

When the Ugandan school year launched in February of this year, our Yiya team was raring to go! We had spent the last months of 2019 prepping and prototyping our newest engineering unit for students: Munching on Mealworms! Using agricultural engineering to farm edible insects for sustainable protein. Curriculum books and teacher manuals were ready, student engineering journals were printed, and our team had assembled the materials kits to be delivered to our 10 partner schools. We had 4 new schools join us this academic year so now the Yiya program is being directly taught to 400 students and impacting an additional 4,500 students through the 50 partner teachers we trained in February. We pushed hard from February until mid-March when all Ugandan schools were closed due to the spread of COVID-19. Please find below a summary of our activities in the first part of the year until we had to suspend in-person program delivery, and then read on to learn more about how we are pivoting to deliver offline remote learning opportunities to vulnerable students in rural areas with no access to internet or academic materials!

Report Contents:

  1. Developing the edible insect unit and farming prototype
  2. Training Head Teachers and school leaders
  3. Training partner teachers
  4. Co-teaching the edible insect unit in our 10 partner schools!
  5. Pivoting to deliver offline remote learning opportunities to rural youth

1. Developing the edible insect unit and farming prototypes

Developing the mealworm colonies

In mid-2019, in collaboration with our partners, Impact Design, Mothers Against Malnutrition and Hunger (Mamah), and Bobo Eco Farm, we obtained an import permit to import to Uganda eggs of edible molitor beetle. The mealworm colonies were set up at Bobo Eco Farm in Mityana, where the eggs hatched and the team began to grow the beetle colonies!

In December 2019, Yiya received their first cohort of beetles in the larval stage of their life cycle. We set them up in our first farm kit prototype (see below).

Making prototypes of insect farm kits 

Prototype #1

The first insect farm kit prototype was made of four plastic containers arranged in a vertical structure stand with the top most one having a wire mesh at the bottom and the other 4 with solid bottoms. It was protected from predators by a mosquito net hung from the ceiling which enclosed it. This prototype was meant to make the work less labor-intensive and occupying minimum space. The wire mesh of the bottom in the top most container was designed for the eggs to drop through to the next level when the adult beetles reproduced in the top container. However, we learned the plastic containers were too deep to allow adequate air circulation, and the mesh holes were too small so the eggs were sticking and not falling through. Our mealworm colony grew, but slowly due to these challenges.

Prototype #2

The second prototype was made to be more movable and easily foldable even into a backpack to move from place to place. It was a wooden beehive structure to evenly distribute the weight. It held four plastic washing basins, with a mosquito net hung from the ceiling to enclose it. All the basins had a solid bottom and we manually moved the adult beetles from the basin once they have laid eggs (leaving the eggs in the basin to later hatch). This prototype was more effective but still the air circulation was not enough for optimal reproduction of the beetles. Also, the beehive structure ended up being unfeasible since the wood was not cured and when the screws became a little loose, it lost stability.

Prototype #3

The third prototype of the insect farm kit is a wooden frame structure, rectangular in shape, which is taller and wider than prototype #1. It holds basins but we experimented with cutting a few of the basins in half laterally and drilling screws in the sides so they sit easily in the frame. This prototype was flexible mesh covering all four sides of the prototype, with a mesh door that opens to allow one in to move the beetles and clean their basins, etc. 

Prototype #4

The fourth prototype was the same as the third prototype except we bought square plastic sieves and rested them on top of the basins. Then the maize bran feed and the adult beetles were housed in the sieves, so that when they laid eggs, the eggs would drop down into the basin below. This worked fairly well except that a small percentage of the adult beetles would crawl through the sieve holes on the sides and fall into the lower basin where the eggs were. We are still experimenting with this prototype (our next iteration will be to cover the holes in the sides of the sieves with aluminum foil so they are slippery and the adult beetles cannot climb through them or up the sides.

Curriculum development

We designed an edible insect engineering curriculum to empower our teachers and students to develop sustainable and homegrown solutions to the problem of malnutrition through teaching them how to construct small, inexpensive edible insect farms (roughly the size of a rabbit hutch), and then showing them how to raise insects for consumption. 

The curriculum consists of a lesson guide, student engineering journals, and a materials kit. 

Teacher Lesson Guide

Teacher Lesson Guide contains background information, experiential education tips, lesson plans, and all guidance that teachers need to implement the unit in their school. The Teacher Lesson Guide is in Annex 1. 

Student Engineering Journal

We also designed a student engineering journal that contains newspaper articles, pictures, and diagrams to guide students through the lessons. It also has tables and charts for students to conduct research and record their own ideas and the data they collected. The Student Engineering Journal is in Annex 2.

Materials Kit

The materials kit contains all the materials and tools for each school to create 8 edible insect farm kits. Yiya classes at our partner schools consist of 40 students each, so each group of 5 students gets to create their own farm kit!

2. Training Head Teachers and school leaders

The workshop was held on 28th Jan 2020 from 09:00am to 05:30pm at Days Inn Hotel in Lira town center. 

We ran this workshop for school leaders from the 10 Yiya partner schools in Lira in order to introduce the Head Teachers to the edible insect unit and get their approval for farming edible insects in their schools. We explained what our 2020 Yiya program activities would be and brainstormed collaboratively with the school leaders as to how to maximize the impact of the Yiya program at their school. One of our Yiya values is lifelong learning, so we also included a leadership development session at the training where we taught the school leaders about the personality traits of Myers-Briggs and taught them how to leverage personality traits of their teachers to increase academic performance in their schools. 

3. Training partner teachers

This workshop was held on 10th Feb 2020 from 09:00am to 05:30pm at Days Inn Hotel in Lira town center. This educator workshop was a professional development training for selected teachers, called engineering educators, from the 10 Yiya partner schools. All activities were deliberately designed to serve the purpose of showing teachers how experiential learning is conducted. Teachers also practiced all the lessons in the edible insect engineering unit and planned how to co-teach the lessons to students in their schools.

4. Co-teaching the edible insect unit in our 10 partner schools!

By mid-March our team had taught up to at least Lesson 3 of the farming edible insects engineering unit (some schools got as far as Lesson 6!), with an average attendance of 96% (38 students per lesson, out of 40 registered students, for a total of 385 students actively participating in the Yiya program, out of 400 registered students amongst the 10 schools). 
52% of the active students are female and 48% are male students. 
Before schools were closed in mid-March, all Yiya partner schools had received all engineering materials to build their first edible insect farm prototypes and had also received their first batch of beetles (the adult life cycle of the mealworms). A teacher at each school who lives nearby was designated to care for the mealworm stock while school is closed.
We are lucky that our curriculum has a 6-week break built into its design. This break was designed to be time for schools to work on growing their mealworm stock before they harvest it in Term 2 and try designing new recipes for how to cook the mealworms in a way that is culturally appropriate for their local community. This 6-week growing period was supposed to happen over May and early June, so it got pushed sooner due to the lockdown. The disappointing part is that now it is the teachers caring for the mealworms and not the students, since all students have been sent home. We are ready to jump back in as soon as schools are allowed to re-open in order to complete the unit with students and get the community munching on mealworms!
5. Pivoting to deliver offline remote learning opportunities to rural youth
While schools have been closed, the Yiya team has been hard at work, brainstorming, developing, and designing strategies for how to reach rural youth in poverty-stricken areas who have no access to internet, smartphones, or academic materials. We are developing a program to get our science and engineering activities out to students without the use of internet, teachers, or expensive materials. Thisp program will involve radio broadcasted content and student interaction through realtime SMS exchange, as well as academic content shared via robocalls and mass text messages sent out to all students registered in the Yiya program. More updates coming soon as we roll out this exciting new initiative, which we are calling SomeroSimu, which is Luganda for Phone School!
Training teachers on engineering design process
Training teachers on engineering design process
Teaching about protein needs of children
Teaching about protein needs of children
Interviewing adults on daily diet
Interviewing adults on daily diet
School Leaders are engineers too!
School Leaders are engineers too!
Tasting the mealworms for the first time!
Tasting the mealworms for the first time!

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Engineer Sheeba measuring materials
Engineer Sheeba measuring materials

Ugandan Government joins Yiya's 3rd Annual Technology & Innovation Showcase in Lira, Uganda!

Uganda's Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) joined Yiya last month for Yiya's 3rd Annual Science & Technology Showcase to celebrate World Science Day 2019 in Lira, Uganda

At the event, 300 high school students from 8 schools showcased technologies designed to solve challenges in their local communities.

Mr Basil Ajer, the Technopreneurship Director at MOSTI, was the guest of honor. He commended students on their innovations and inspired them to keep designing new technologies! He also affirmed MOSTI’s collaboration with Yiya and expressed the hope to expand the engineering program into more schools throughout Uganda.
 
Yiya’s Annual Technology & Innovation Showcase is a chance for partner schools to share what they have learned about the engineering design process by demonstrating the technologies they’ve designed to solve problems in their local communities. Technologies showcased included: an eco-friendly refrigerator, grey water recycling system, vertical farm prototype, mosquito-repellent lotions, Arduino-controlled egg incubators, responsive door alarm systems, and many more!

View the program booklet for the event here.

Science Day Parade!

This year's showcase kicked off with a parade in downtown Lira, led by a speech from Mr. Arthur Makara, the Commissioner for Science, Technology, and Innovation Advancement & Outreach at MOSTI, and Mr Samson Wambuzi, Yiya Cofounder and Director of Operations.

Knowledge is potential.

Mrs Frances Offungi, the Lira District Education Officer, gave the opening speech. She told students, “People used to say that knowledge is power. But that is no longer true. Nowadays, knowledge is only potential. You have to put knowledge into skills and action in order for it to be powerful! This is what Yiya is teaching you to do in their engineering program.”

An inspiring judging panel

We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the experts who donated their time to judge the teams' technologies: 

On-the-spot Challenge

After judges toured the technologies in the exhibition hall, students were challenged to design a new technology on-the-spot to solve the problem of the back breaking and time consuming work of pumping water from wells in Ugandan villages. Teams developed innovative prototypes, such as a see-saw that kids could use to pump water more quickly, with less effort, strain, and injury, while also having a bit of fun!

Support & Partnerships

Countless individuals and many organizations supported Yiya's 2019 Showcase! We want to especially thank the following partners:

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Judges talking to teams about their prototypes
Judges talking to teams about their prototypes
World Science Day parade!
World Science Day parade!
Explaining their eco-friendly refrigerator
Explaining their eco-friendly refrigerator
Judge talking to teams
Judge talking to teams
Judges compiling their scores!
Judges compiling their scores!

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Students learning basic electronics
Students learning basic electronics

Introduction

The Yiya team has had a very busy quarter! We welcomed our newest team member, ran a capacity-building training for our field team, taught an engineering unit in Term 2 with our Yiya partner teachers and students, hosted a visitor from GlobalGiving, and taught an engineering camp for a local community center. Yiya was also honored by the Obama Foundation and the US Embassy to Uganda!

Introducing Sheeba Niwensiima!

From Mbarara, western Uganda, Sheeba is a young innovator and a community activist who earned her Bachelors in Computer Engineering at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She is deeply passionate about how technology can positively transform communities, with experience both as a Tech Educator in Robotics and a tutor for embedded systems.  She also works on various project teams as the technical personnel some of which are in partnership with CAMTech Uganda. Sheeba is the Innovations Fellow at Yiya, and we are so thrilled to have her on the team!

Yiya mini boot camp

This spring, we conducted a 2-day bootcamp to adequately prepare our field team to be able to effectively conduct our Term 2 STEM unit in our partner schools in northern Uganda.  

The boot camp helped our team to discover everyone’s strength and weakness and develop concrete steps for how to support one another in the field. Members practiced lessons in the Term 2 STEM unit (making bicycle powered phone chargers) to receive feedback from each other about their facilitation skills. By the end of the training, everyone had created a clear plan for how to team-teach Term 2 lessons in the field. Want to learn more about the bootcamp? Click here to see the agenda

Term 2, Classroom teaching support:  Making bicycle powered phone chargers, STEM unit

Why this unit?

We designed this unit for students to apply the knowledge they learn in class from science and mathematics subjects to design a technology that will enable local people from villages in northern Uganda charge their phones or torch batteries off the grid by simply pedaling their bicycles. This is a major step towards helping people from over 75% villages in Uganda that have no access to electricity power their basic household devices easily and inexpensively. Cars may be scarce in rural Uganda but every family has a bicycle!

The underlying goal of this unit is to empower students to view themselves as engineers who have the knowledge and skills to design technologies that solve problems faced by their communities.

How the teaching went

We implemented this unit in all our partner schools on a total of 300 students. Each of these 300 students were challenged to train 2 of their peers at school on how to create the technology of the bicycle powered phonecharger as a requirement for certification at the end of the year. 

All our selected students received engineering journals (STEM booklets that we design for students to do research and to record their ideas during experimentation) and a set of engineering materials (1N0047 Rectifier diodes, resistors, capacitors, 7805 Voltage regulators, jumper wires, breadboards, PCB boards, dynamos, etc)

Once every week, at a time scheduled on the school timetabled by school administrators, our team went and co-taught this unit with teachers at partner schools. 

Find here an overview about all lessons in our bicycle powered phone charger unit.

Leena’s visit

In July, we were also honored to have a field traveler from GlobalGiving, called Leena, come to visit us to see our team in action. Leena had a meeting with our Director of Operations in Kampala to learn more about Yiya and to make a plan for traveling to the field up in Northern Uganda to observe STEM lessons in partner schools.

She observed Yiya STEM classes at two partner schools: Leo Atubo College, and St. Katherine Girls Secondary School. Leena was so impressed by our REAL teaching methodology. She also liked the passion that students in our program, particularly girls, have for science. In her focus group discussions with girls at St. Katherine's, one student Rebecca, told her that before Yiya came to their school she never liked science subjects and couldn’t easily understand certain concepts but now she finds science very interesting. Rebecca now wants to be an electrical engineer!

Community center engineering camp

In Aug and Sept, we ran an engineering camp for high school students at a local community center that supports underserved students on the outskirts of Kampala. In Uganda, Aug and Sept are the months of school break between Term 2 and Term 3. This is a crucial time for students to receive additional educational support through exciting enrichment camps and skills trainings. Many at-risk students come from families with few means to send them to these kind of educational camps so we here at Yiya were thrilled to be invited to run an engineering camp at the community center over this school holiday break for their secondary students! The community center requested that we teach the bicycle-powered phone charger unit (by far our most popular engineering unit!) to a group of 40 of their students, who could then provide financial support to their families through using their phone chargers to generate income. The Yiya trainers and students had a great time over the course of the 3 week camp and at the end, the students did a formal showcase of their technologies to other students at the community center. So many students in the showcase audience were excited about the bicycle-powered phone chargers that the students in the Yiya camp had to promise to teach everyone how to make them! The highlight of the showcase was when each team of students plugged their phone charger into the phone, started pedaling the bike, and the battery symbol lit up. The phone was charging! Everyone cheered! It was so exciting.

Yiya honored by the Obama Foundation and the US Embassy in Uganda

Last but certainly not least, Yiya Director of Operations and Co-Founder Samson Wambuzi was honored as a 2019 Obama Africa Fellow. He attended the Obama Africa Convening in Johannesburg, South Africa in July, where he met the other 2019 fellows and a number of inspirational leaders and mentors. He even had a 1-on-1 mentoring session with Ben Rhodes, Mr. Obama's former speech writer! Samson continues to learn valuable leadership skills during the monthly meetings that he has with members of his Obama Africa cohort.

This September, Yiya received the 2019 US Ambassador's Special Self Help Fund grant from the US Embassy in Uganda. At the award ceremony, Yiya Co-Founders Erin and Samson met the US Ambassador Dr Deborah Malac who appreciated the Yiya team for having 61% girls in our engineering program! We are very grateful to the Ambassador, the US Embassy, and the US government for supporting our Yiya teachers and students to continue engineering solutions for their communities!

What's Next for Yiya?

In Uganda, Term 3 of the school year has just begun! Our field team is working hard to ensure that all students at our partner schools are ready for the 2019 Annual Yiya STEM Showcase which will be held for the Lira community on November 9th. Our partner schools will spend the rest of September and all of October putting the final touches on their technologies in preparation for the showcase. We are inviting parents, community members, and many special guests from government, private companies, nearby nonprofits, and local universities to come join us for this big annual event!

Law of Conservation of Energy using a pendulum!
Law of Conservation of Energy using a pendulum!
Our new Yiya Innovations Fellow, Sheeba Niwensiima
Our new Yiya Innovations Fellow, Sheeba Niwensiima
Field team practicing how to teach the Term 2 unit
Field team practicing how to teach the Term 2 unit
Samson at Obama Africa Convening in South Africa
Samson at Obama Africa Convening in South Africa
Erin & Samson with US Ambassador Malac
Erin & Samson with US Ambassador Malac
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Tower brainstorming!
Tower brainstorming!

 

In late March, we ran a mid-term teacher training for our partner teachers in Lira District. This training was designed to help teachers reflect on how the Yiya teaching checklist has impacted their teaching, as well as to give teachers a chance to learn and practice new strategies for a relevant, hands-on, collaborative, and learner-centered classroom, a classroom with R-E-A-L learning!

The Global Teacher Prize!

A week prior to this workshop, Mr. Peter Tabichi, a teacher from our neighborhood Kenya, was honored with the Global Teacher Prize. We were so excited! The very best teacher in the world is one of our neighbors and even more importantly, he teaches in a similarly rural and low-resourced setting as our partner teachers in Northern Uganda! We joined the rest of East African teachers in celebrating Mr. Tabichi and shared Peter’s story with our teachers. We opened our mid-term workshop by playing the award ceremony video for our teachers, reading about Mr. Tabichi’s teaching strategies, and discussing how to become champion teachers like Mr. Tabichi in our own classrooms! It was inspiring for everyone!

Making learning RELEVANT

The first section of the Yiya teaching checklist is RELEVANT. As part of transforming their lessons to be relevant, we ask teachers to design clear lesson objectives as part of their lesson preparation, and to strategize how they will share their lesson objectives with students in class during the lesson. During this workshop, we reminded teachers how to design very strong lesson objectives by reviewing Bloom’s Taxonomy, emphasizing that teachers use strong action verbs to create lesson objectives that challenge students and help them grow. In this activity, teachers worked in groups to design lesson objectives for lessons they will teach in Term 1, which use verbs from at least 3 different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Lesson objectives BEFORE the workshop:

  • Students will know Newton’s 3rd law of motion.

  • Student will understand the importance of enzymes to human digestion.

  • Students will learn the history of cross-continent trade routes.

Lesson objectives AFTER the workshop:

  • Students will demonstrate Newton’s 3rd law of motion using everyday household objects.

  • Students will explain the function of enzymes in human digestion and provide examples of what would happen WITHOUT enzymes.

  • Students will debate the historical effects of cross-continent trade routes on the present day economies of at least two African countries.

This second set of objectives has action verbs so that students need to do something to show they have mastered the content. These second objectives also are very specific, which is important for students to stay focused and know exactly what they are supposed to learn in a lesson.

In this activity, teachers also planned how they would communicate lesson objectives to students during the lesson. In Uganda’s traditional classroom setting, teachers don’t share lesson objectives. The teacher is the only one that knows why a lesson is being taught or what students will learn in the lesson. But at Yiya, we’ve found that sharing lesson objectives with students at the beginning of the lesson helps them to stay more focused and holds teachers accountable during class time. Students are also happier in class when they know what they are learning and why! Strategies that teachers planned to use to share lesson objectives with students included:

  1. Reading the lesson objectives aloud to students at the beginning of the lesson

  2. Writing the lesson objectives on a flipchart and asking a volunteer to read them.

  3. Writing the lesson objectives on the top right corner of the chalkboard so students can reference them throughout the lesson.

The other best practice that we trained teachers on during this workshop was how to use games and creative student appreciations in class to keep energy levels high, to motivate students, and to help student master certain content. Teachers learned that when you play games with students, they become more engaged in class, lesson content is reinforced, and class positivity is increased! Teachers worked in groups to invent 1 new game and 1 form of appreciation that they committed to use in an upcoming lesson at their school. We challenged teachers to design games that followed two simple criteria:

  1. The game should be related somehow to the content for that particular lesson.
  2. The game should be played for max 3 minutes.
Trying out strategies and receiving feedback

After all the design work, teachers practiced their new strategies with each other in teams, and gave each other constructive feedback. Each teacher conducted a 5-minute lesson in which they demonstrated the lesson objectives for that lesson, how they will share the lesson objectives with students, the game they will play to emphasize lesson content and keep energy high, and the way they will uniquely appreciate students in the classroom. Teachers were excited to receive feedback on their plans from their colleagues and the Yiya trainers!

Reflecting on their learning

We ended the action-packed day the way we end every Yiya workshop: by asking our teachers to gather together in a reflection circle and share what has been most useful to them, and what they will do differently in the classroom after this training. Ms. Paula, a biology teacher from St. Katherine Secondary School shared that this workshop helped her discover how teaching checklists can make a huge impact in the classroom and urged her colleagues to keep using the Yiya teaching checklist. She further added that “when we (teachers) use the checklist, learning will be so joyful.” Mr. Otim Ambrose, a teacher of agriculture from Archbishop Orombi Secondary School commented that he liked how we reminded them of Bloom’s Taxonomy and trained them on its real application.

Building their tower
Building their tower
explaining their tower design
explaining their tower design
Discussing Bloom's Taxonomy
Discussing Bloom's Taxonomy
Lesson planning
Lesson planning
Sharing strategies
Sharing strategies

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Yiya Engineering Solutions

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Erin Fitzgerald
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