EMPOWERS HANDS-ON LEARNING AROUND THE WORLD
PEN provides a teacher training program infused with MIT-style learning-by-doing to promote hands-on science regardless of resource constraints
"Around 250 million children are not learning basic skills, even though half of them have spent at least four years in school… Investing in teachers is key: in around a third of countries, less than 75% of primary school teachers are trained according to national standards."
UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2013/14
Hands-on science and curricula with real-world relevance improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
PEN offers a series of workshops where STEM trainers learn, design, and share hands-on activities which complement the national curriculum and are created from low-cost and locally available materials.
"Am so grateful and I can boldly say am now teaching science with confidence...In fact my students have started calling me a champion madam can you imagine? This is because my lessons are now practical than theoretical."
Madame D., Kpone-Katamanso District, Greater Accra
We host teacher training workshops to explore hands-on STEM activities that use low-cost, locally available materials.
Material resource constraints often leave teachers feeling limited to employing rote approaches. PEN empowers teachers around the world to engage their students in hands-on science projects. We train teachers in executing these activities within the structure of traditional education programs.
Our material blends constructivist learning with design training to allow participants to discover key concepts and then harness that to engage in projects with relevance to their daily lives.
PEN has a special emphasis on the challenges of STEM education in the developing world – large class sizes, scarce material resources, and the novelty of interactive pedagogies.
We employ a teach-the-teachers business model, leveraging our partners' networks to reach scale.
Since 2014, we have been running workshops around Ghana with our local partners.
We have grown at the pace of an order-of-magnitude increase in reach each year!
BY THE NUMBERS
Teachers trained in hands-on activities
Activities mapped to the Ghanaian JHS syllabus
Local alternatives/sources of lab equipment
Heather Beem, PhD
CEO & Co-Founder
Ghana Program Coordinator
Saddik is both Chairman of GAST - Greater Accra and District Science & Maths Coordinator for Ga South. He was recently selected as Best Science Teacher in Greater Accra Region.
J.D. is a recent graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he was a Sloan Fellow. He has worked in a variety of industries, bringing a wealth of start-up and growth experience to PEN as it continues to scale its business.
Marketing & Communications Head
Noah is a STEM educator and builder of all things digital and physical. He founded the Ketasco Mobile Learning Society and teaches electronics and ICT everywhere he goes. He leads PEN in widely promoting hands-on science.
Emmanuel is the GAST National JHS Panel Convener. He is a Master Trainer in PEN’s approach, commanding a refined skill in guiding teachers through practical activities.
Content Specialist &
Anna was a 2012 Fulbright Fellow in Ghana, researching appropriate technology and piloting several PEN initiatives. She teaches science and supports makerspaces around the world. She leverages her strong network to connect PEN with key partners and resources.
Belle served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, where she taught secondary level math and science. She also joined Shika na Mikono, developing teaching resources, coordinating conferences, and training teachers to use locally available materials.
Steve served three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, where he taught secondary level math and science. He joined Shika na Mikono, facilitating several student workshops, teacher trainings, and working with the Ministry of Education to implement interactive teaching methods.