STEM and STEAM are applied educational initiatives that have a foundation in the scientific models but integrate hands-on learning, teamwork, building leadership skills and incorporate higher order and critical thinking skills.
Africa is increasing its STEM and STEAM opportunities to increase generational opportunities to contribute to the growth in economics, commerce, education and global trade that will benefit and increase Africa’s influence globally. The more African’s are involved in STEM and STEAM the more they can assure they will have a stake in how their nations and continent are growing and influential in the diverse markets and even foreign investments by outside nations.
“I believe more women should be in STEM roles because of the message it sends to younger girls. Some of the girls think they can’t because they haven’t really seen a lot of women who do the jobs they want to do.” Leticia Oppong shares her journey from being an intern to a field engineer at GE Africa. Statements made by Leticia Oppong ring a new bell of change for girls that in the past have not been included in the educational engagement and empowerment of STEM that requires hands-on learning, experimentation, and even mentorship. There are growing numbers of African women that are role models and mentors ready to share their knowledge and experiences to build future “Agents of STEM.”
The growing news reports from Africa are showing that STEM and STEAM are being celebrated to inspire boys and girls that they can be whatever they dream. The resources and people are available to help them move from dreams to reality to the implementation of their developing skills and talents.
The key parts of STEM and STEAM are solving real-world problems that help to build the continent and build the confidence of rising youth, teens and young adults who are excited about the ability to create change. The building of critical thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and inventors in Africa will build the continent’s economic structure to engage more individuals that have the knowledge and understanding to attack the challenges that have plagued Africa and meet future challenges. STEM, STEAM, STREAM, STEM2 and other related initiatives are empowering, Africans with the platforms and tools needed to make their dreams realities and to be the future employers that create wealth and economic, educational and generational progress and stability.