Experiential STEM Learning for the 21st Century: How to Assess the Impact?

A talk by Zartaj Ahmed, Athar Osama, Saquib Razak and Naveed Yousuf
Pakistan Space Science Education Centre, World Science Collaborative, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar and Aga Khan University

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We live in a scientific century where the pace of scientific and technological progress is such that 21st Century Skills such as critical inquiry, creativity, communication, and collaboration, etc have become extremely important. Yet, our schools, being the archaic 20th-century institutions as they are, struggle to impart these important skills. In school and after-school STEM programs have, therefore, become very popular and widespread across the Muslim World. From robotics, to electronics, to astronomy, to computer science, there is a plethora of interventions happening across the Muslim World. What are these interventions and how do they create a holistic view of learning? Are these interventions systematically studied? What kind of impact claims are made? How should one go about thinking about the impact of these interventions. How can parents, teachers, young students, journalists, and the broader society be more systematic in evaluating the likely or claimed impacts of these programmes.

Zartaj Ahmed

CEO & Co-Founder, Pakistan Space Science Education Centre

Athar Osama

Founder and Executive Director, World Science Collaborative Ltd

Saquib Razak

Associate Teaching Professor, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar

Naveed Yousuf

Associate Director, Assessment and Research at the Aga Khan University

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