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STEAM development with CUBE

My Magazine 2022/09
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CUBE is an organisation advocating for STEAM-talent (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) development on the African continent, emphasising Green STEAM.

Our purpose as an organisation is to invest in the youth's potential by providing & facilitating access to the right space, tools, mentorship, as well as quality education that will enable them to develop their skills and create opportunities. We seek to inspire and encourage creativity and innovation in problem-solving through experiential nature-based education. We not only want to bring practical training closer to fragile groups to activate their potential but also give a chance to STEAM graduates to launch their ideas and solutions through our labs and programs with the primary goal of developing innovative, sustainable solutions/ideas that enhance education, competency, innovation, and careers on a national (global) scale.

At CUBE, we believe in resource efficiency and that we contribute to sustainable development by saving precious resources. For this reason, one of our key attributes is adapting every product/service that will be developed at our labs to the circular economy, looking beyond the current take-make-waste next to economic viability.

Practical teaching of STEAM subjects is often lacking in schools. According to the Global Partnership, 90% of schools in Africa do not have good labs. Many students see a big gap between what they see on the classroom board and their environment. We want to address the lack of access to hands-on training for disadvantaged communities and schools with little or no access to STEAM resources and provide innovative solutions to climate change challenges on a local level.

Our Pilot Mobile lab project aims to make Practical STEAM resources and equipment available to secondary schools with few material resources, starting with three schools in the Greater Banjul Area and West Coast Region, selected by Regional Education Directorate.

We're currently working with local contractors for the construction and sourcing of materials for the construction of the prototype, which will be introduced in October 2022.

The mobile labs (Cubes) will be a place for hands-on experiences, co-creation, training, and raising awareness. They will be 15m at full length and 2.5m wide, with the capacity to accommodate 30 to 45 students. The structure will be modifiable according to demand and number of students; it is designed to be towed so that it can be easily transported and moved from one school to another.

If successful, we intend to have the labs multiplied across the country and on the African continent, where access to practical education and opportunities is still a challenge.

We're looking for help to complete building the prototype and run the pilot; We would greatly appreciate any assistance, either financial or with materials, to equip the lab.

 

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Bank Name: EcoBank Gambia | Account Name: CUBE- The Gambia | Account Number: 6248006819

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