Valérie, future bridge builder and excellent at skipping rope!

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Future Bridge Engineer Valérie
Future Bridge Engineer Valérie

Valérie took time out of her busy play schedule during recess at iNERDE’s Summer STEM camp in Bamako to talk about life and her take on STEM education.

Valérie would like everyone to know, first off, that she is 9 years old, goes to L’Ecole de la Paix, and her birthday is on September 29th.

Valérie loves to read and is especially passionate about stories. She recounted a gripping story she had read recently, Le Conte Poule (The Chicken Story) where, tragically, a chicken kills a frog.

iNERDE’s STEM Camp has been a lot of fun for Valérie. She and her classmates have learned to work on STEM projects. She has learned particularly to write clearly in an organized way about STEM. She enjoyed learning how a computer works in computer science class and learning how to make a presentation on a computer using PowerPoint. Valérie explained that she had learned that there are different kinds of engineers. The work that a computer engineer and civil engineer do is quite different. She would like to be a civil engineer and build bridges because bridges help people. She is going to build bridges all over Mali one day. She finds that mathematics is a bit difficult, but, even so, she also enjoys math.

During our interview Valérie was gallantly accompanied by two boys, her classmates. When asked if the boys in her class were nice she smiled mischievously and said that were quite nice most of the time. She added that the iNERDE teachers were very kind, they never got angry and they helped her to understand STEM. She felt that she had understood nearly everything she was taught over the summer.

Valérie with Two Gallant Classmates
Valérie with Two Gallant Classmates

While learning STEM has been great, the most fun thing in camp to Valérie were the games during recess and, above all, skipping rope!