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  1. F. Merlino
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  1. Dr. Deborah Pomeroy
  2. Coordinator STEM Curriculum
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  4. 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education

Egypt STEM Schools Project (ESSP)

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

In September 2011, in the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, another revolution was taking place in Egypt, a revolution in education. It began small with the establishment of the first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) High School in Egypt - 6 October residential STEM School for Boys. 

The goal was not only to raise a generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers and future leaders of Egypt, but also to stimulate innovation in the education system and serve as a catalyst for system-wide science and mathematics education reform.This new goal required technical assistance to design an integrated project based curriculum, train teachers in inquiry pedagogy and laboratory experiments and create an entirely new  assessment system.  USAID-Egypt sponsored a study tour for an Egyptian delegation to visit STEM schools in Philadelphia and the Math Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia. (MSPGP). In 2012 USAID awarded a $25 million grant to four partners where staff from the MSPGP were charged with co-designing  a new integrated STEM curriculum based on Egypt's Grand Challenges and multi measured assessment system.  We used a novel 18-step design process with many stakeholders participating.

The lessons learned from our nine years of work on our MSPGP and being a part of the wider MSP community were indispensable to the Egypt project and made it possible for us to do it. Today the Ministry of Education has build eleven (11) STEM schools throughout Egypt with goal of establishing 27 over next two years and 100 more Low cost versions thereafter. These are 27 STEM schools as residential schools for their most talented children regardless of income. The goal is to develop a new generation of leaders who are equipped problem solvers and able to work collaboratively to address their country's biggest challenges while also stimulating more widespread education improvements K-16.

Our goal is to in turn bring these Model Egyptian Schools back to the US. and elsewhere in the world.  Already we have brought this 18 step curriculum design process back to Philadelphia. We have thus far completed the first 4 steps involving 134 people from 74 organizations as part of an initiative entitled, "The City as Classroom: A New Vision for Urban High Schools" See the attachment. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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