Applications for USF STEM Fellowship 2020 - 2022 are now open.
STEM Education is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics integrated into project based learning. It is an interdisciplinary approach based on real world challenges which inculcates critical thinking and problem solving skills in children.
The USF STEM Fellowship is a full time, two year immersive fellowship during the course of which the fellow will take the ownership of setting up and running low cost, STEM based Innovation Hubs within low income schools and community centers for rural and urban children. In addition to gaining an in-depth understanding of inquiry driven and hands-on STEM education, the fellows will also work on multiple social innovation projects during the course of the fellowship.
Roles & Responsibilities of the STEM Fellow:
- Working directly with the children and facilitating hands-on, inquiry driven STEM workshops for grades 6 to 10.
- Program execution and operations for the assigned Innovation Hubs.
- Development of STEM-based curriculum and modules.
- Working on innovative projects for rural and urban development. Few examples include a smokeless chulla, water harvesting system and an electric bike.
- Engaging the stakeholders (parents, teachers, and communities) by conducting regular meetings and maintaining the feedback cycle.
- Training/ coordinating with interns.
This is not an exhaustive list.
Training provided during the Fellowship:
- Facilitating sessions and mentoring children in inquiry driven STEM curriculum
- Program execution, planning, and time management
- STEM Skills (Mechanical Projects/ Electronics/ Robotics/ etc)
- Design thinking for social innovation