Over 300 students from the Ilala School District participated in Reading Around the World’s first summer technology camp this August. Volunteers from both the United States and Tanzania joined together to teach students digital age learning skills at Dar Tech Camp, introducing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts.
With grant funding from Recognize Good, Karakata Primary School received a mobile digital classroom, including internet service and Amazon Fire 8 tablets loaded with educational apps to allow teachers to introduce digital age teaching tools to promote English Language Learning. These tablets, and Apple iPads also donated, will allow teachers to introduce information and computer technology to students, helping to bridge the digital divide.
The students enjoyed learning with Osmo, a STEM-based educational learning system that includes coding apps as well as apps that help improve reading skills, math, spatial learning and animation.
Local artists Nathan Mpangala and Fred Halla taught daily art classes. Students crated paper maché planets and learned about the solar system.
Stephen, owner of Basix and a gradaute of Harvard University with dual degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, taught a lesson and helped students build models of solar-powered cars, and spoke about the importance of continuing education to secondary school, and college.
Sema Tanzania, a local newspaper, visited to teach students about careers in publishing, and the importance of speaking out on issues in instances of child abuse, sexual assault or neglect.