Updated May 04, 2021

Charles Agbemashior

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The GH4STEM JUNEOS CHALLENGE is a curriculum-based, practical STEM TV Show that features Junior High School students (65% girls) across Ghana who bring STEM theories to life using materials from the local environment.

The GH4STEM JUNEOS is a curriculum-based, practical STEM TV Show that features Junior High School students (65% girls) across Ghana. These junior high students use local materials such as pencils, potatoes, salt, paper, etc in thrilling practical STEM experiments to highlight the applicability of STEM to everyday life. These Student-led experiments are based on Ghana’s national curriculum. It c...
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The GH4STEM JUNEOS is a curriculum-based, practical STEM TV Show that features Junior High School students (65% girls) across Ghana. These junior high students use local materials such as pencils, potatoes, salt, paper, etc in thrilling practical STEM experiments to highlight the applicability of STEM to everyday life. These Student-led experiments are based on Ghana’s national curriculum. It combines the art of discovery, investigation and experimentation with resources readily available in our local environment. The show features schools and students from across all administrative regions of Ghana and shown on nationwide TV and through WhatsApp to teacher networks. Viewers are children and parents from the average Ghanaian household. The Innovation facilitates: - Building critical non-academic skills through project-based learning: planning experiments enables students and teachers to brainstorm, select, plan and execute end-to-end as a team. - Real-world application of STEM knowledge and local relevance through utilization of available resources. - Strengthening critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities as students think about what materials they might use from their immediate environment. - Increasing access to learning by giving opportunity to students from deprived schools without modern equipment to acquire and internalize STEM knowledge. Teachers are incentivized and motivated through exposure, recognition and networking.
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Stage 5: Scaling

Teachers interviewed expressed a strong appreciation for the innovation and advocate for the inclusion of more schools. We have built a creative and sustainable model for production, fostered a great relationship with stakeholders and partners.

Focus Areas:

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Education, Gender, Youth, Cognitive Development, Social and Behavior Change, Inclusive Education, Basic Education, Soft or Life Skills, Methods & Learning, Gender Equity, Adolescent Brain Development, Communications and Media, Digital Development and InclusionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ghana

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Key Partners
1
Country Implemented In
522,400
Customers
4
Employees
$24,451
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

While textbooks are helpful, they constitute a majority of education materials in our schools. In resource-deprived areas, an over-reliance on scant teaching and learning materials like textbooks severely restricts students and teachers development. The pedagogy often emphasizes passing exams. This promotes learning as a means to an end, making learning abstract and time-bound for students. Also, available learning content on traditional media does not encourage student involvement.

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Solution

To transform curriculum delivery across the continent by creating content that brings engagement and excitement to the classroom, while addressing some of the common challenges teachers and students face. We create high-quality, modern, locally-relevant, supplementary learning and teaching materials which seek to integrate young people into their local communities as problem-solvers and active builders. We encourage a demonstrable acquisition of skills and Lifelong learning.

Target Beneficiaries

Students in public and low-cost private schools. It gives students from deprived schools a chance to attain the same level of understanding of STEM as privileged students. Teachers are the next most important beneficiaries; they will be able to access teaching materials at little or no cost. It will influence the general public to see and expect STEM to be relatable, practical, and relevant. Industry and academia will benefit in the long run by having access to a labor force that is equipped.

Mission and Vision

To level the education playing field so students in deprived schools can learn STEM at the same level as privileged children. The ultimate aim is to make STEM knowledge accessible to all at little or no cost. To influence the general public to see and expect STEM to be relatable, practical, and relevant. that this change of mind will create a critical mass that can advocate for and demand improvements in quality and access to STEM education.

Competitive Advantage

Our Innovation uses aspects of language and culture to ensure local relevance and applicability, focuses on building an effective teacher-student relationship in the classroom. Students remain the core focus of our interventions to promote peer-to-peer learning by involving them in the demonstration of these experiments. This increases the students’ confidence and curiosity about STEM fields. It also helps other students see STEM as relatable. The challenge also encourages viewers to participate by replicating STEM experiments and sharing. Teachers take up their role as the students guide bringing to bear their expertise and training during experiment demonstrations. There is already a high level of acceptance by students and teachers. Our content is readily accessible to visually and audio- impaired students. Students and teachers in low-income and remote communities are represented extensively across multiple television platforms, to ensure easier access to our content.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Working with teachers and students to transform the entire new Ghanaian curriculum into fun and engaging teaching and learning materials. To promote cultural and contextual relevance, inclusion and representation across all schools in the country. Create an app where students and teachers can access catalogued video materials. In Nigeria, we're piloting the model in Lagos among 200 low-income schools with assistance from local partners to better understand the context before scaling up.
Funding Goal200,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted3,000,000
New Implemented CountriesGambia, The, Nigeria, Namibia, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Sierra Leone
Recruit2 Management Teams, 3 Boards and 30 Volunteers
New FeatureAn (Online/Offline) Platform

The Team Behind the Innovation

Charles Agbemashior - Founder/Project Director - Creator of GH4STEM JUNEOS with over 20 years experience in media. Dr. Thomas Tagoe - Neuroscientist & lecturer/Co-founder of GhScientific and convenor of the Ghana STEM network Samuel Agudogo - President of Ghana Association of Science Teachers (GAST) Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku - Award-winning broadcaster Nancy Naa Aku Brown - Programs Manager Stephanie Mensah-Doku - Graphic & Visual Design Lead. Michael Okyere Asante - STEM Content Creator.

Milestone

Oct 2020
New Country Implemented In
Ghana
Jul 2020
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLEAiring the Evolution of Science and Art Exhibition by GhScientific on 3 episodes of the GH4STEM JUNEOS CHALLENGE on four (4) TV stations (TV3, GNTV, Dominion TV and Hope Channel) .
TYPEEquity
FOCUS AREAS
Education
Implemented InGhana
ORGANIZATIONGhScientific
Mar 2019
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLEA donation to support part of the transportation cost in traveling to schools across Ghana for the filming stages of the GH4STEM JUNEOS Challenge
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Basic Education
Implemented InGhana
Aug 2018
Key Partnership
ORGANIZATIONGhana Association Of Science Teachers (GAST)
Feb 2018
Created

Supporting Materials

GH4STEM-JUNEOS-CHALLENGE-Report.pdf