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Constructing Kenya - a US / Kenya university collaboration

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Nearly two years ago I shared how mobile technology was bringing rural schools in Kenya into the 21st century. Masinde Muliro University brought mobile workstations, loaded with science simulations, to a remote two room rural high school that had no electricity and no internet. It created a learning experience that was not possible before – a proxy for laboratory science in a school with no laboratories.

 

 

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The impact was profound, paving the way for some students to continue their education at the University level. The project also resulted in additional funding that added 5 more rooms to the tiny rural secondary school.

 

Thankfully, the story didn’t end there. With an HP Catalyst Leadership Fund grant, architecture and construction management students from the University of Washington (USA) collaborated with students from Masinde Muliro University on a life-changing experience of their own. Working together, they designed a laboratory building tailor-made for Kenya.

 

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Congratulations to all the students and faculty from the University of Washington and Masinde Muliro University…

 

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Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Global Education Program Manager
Corporate Affairs
Hewlett-Packard

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Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is...
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  • A former K-12 district administrator and adjunct professor of communication, Elliott has won over 60 state and national awards in school public relations, is a past columnist for Electronic School, School Administrator and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many leading educational publications. Recently, Elliott helped developed models for personal learning, which in testing increased successful completion of algebra from 33% to 71% versus traditional classroom instruction. His work is featured by HP at www.hp.com/makeitmatter
  • I am part of the HP Calculator team, working on the HP Prime graphing calculator. I taught mathematics for 20 years and have extensive experience in the professional development of teachers of mathematics. My area of interest is mathematics education; specifically, how technology affects the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
  • Mike is a passionate education advocate dedicated to helping schools design, build and deliver solutions that solve the complex instructional challenges that face K12 leaders every day. Mike is interested in working with individuals and organizations that share the same level of commitment to improving Instructional outcomes with and through the use of technology


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