Newsletter – August 8, 2014

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We Did It!

Colonie de Vacances STEM Week Seven and Graduation Recap

iNERDE wrapped up it’s first-ever Colonie de Vacances STEM this past month. During our seventh week of activities, our nerds worked hard on their final projects. The focus was on finding ways to use STEM to address various issues in Mali.   

Our pilot project concluded with a graduation ceremony for all of our participants on Saturday, July 26th. Parents, friends, and supporters were invited to see what our nerds have accomplished in the past seven weeks of fun and learning.

Thank you to all of our supporters – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Week Seven Activities


On Monday, the class broke into groups of two or three students to brainstorm about various problems in Malian society. 

They brought up water pollution, road regulation, the lack of classroom space and supplies in many regions of the country, and how the roads are littered with garbage. 

 


We also invited Dramane Coulibaly from the Macina region to come in and talk about the educational issues in his hometown.

The teams then spent the rest of the week coming up with potential solutions to these problems and creating slideshow presentations to communicate their ideas. Four teams were chosen to present their final projects at graduation. 

 

Graduation & Closing Ceremony

After seven weeks of our intensive science camp, it was finally time for the children to graduate. The ceremony took place at the Cité des Enfants in collaboration with the Parlement des Enfants du Mali. 

The ceremony was a smashing success with beaming parents watching proudly as their nervous children took the stage to accept their certificates. 

There were several presentations throughout the ceremony: Mohamed Kante, our Chief Nerd, spoke about iNERDE’s vision and mission, Empowerment Agent Rebecca Brosseau gave a summary of this year’s activities, and Christina, a participant in the Colonie de Vacances STEM shared her experience and aspirations to become a doctor. 

Thanks from the iNERDE Team

Words cannot describe the fulfillment of watching an idea become a reality, but this wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of a great team and the help of a great network of supporters. I am grateful to all the brilliant minds I have met within the different schools and universities who agreed to work with me. I am immensely grateful to all the brilliant people and candid conversations that inspired so many of the ideas that became iNERDE Inc. I want to especially thank all those people who have joined this cause and actively work to empower others by giving them opportunities. I am grateful for all the messages I have received, they are a reminder that it takes lots and lots of people, standing shoulder to shoulder, to have a real impact. I know that if enough of us work at it, we can help the youth in Africa have a great future by giving them the gift of education.
                                                                         – Mohamed Kante, Visionary and Chief Nerd

Working with iNERDE so far has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. The kids were brilliant and incredibly motivated to learn about STEM. I want to personally extend thanks to everyone who believed in us and supported our vision. I know it’s quite cliché, but we really couldn’t have taken our idea to a reality without all of you.
                                                                            – Joey Orlando, Director of Nerdy Finances

I would like to congratulate everyone who played a role in making this year’s Colonie de Vacances STEM possible because your contribution has transformed the lives of 30 young Malians. I had the privilege of seeing first hand how our approach to education could truly bring out the best in each student and help them find the confidence and awareness necessary to succeed. Their endless curiosity and ingenuity inspired the teaching staff and allowed us to push past our limits to bring them a quality of education that every child deserves. I have a very strong feeling that the lessons our students learned, not only about science and technology, but also about the values of teamwork and thinking outside the box, will stay with them and carry them far in their academic and professional careers.

                                                                 – Rebecca Brosseau, iNERDE Empowerment Agent

How would you describe iNERDE?

We asked some of our nerds to tell us what they thought of our Colonie de Vacances STEM. Here’s what they had to say…

"iNERDE is the best camp and wants us to become the future developers of our country." – Diaw

"Magnificent. Majestic. Perfect. – Christina"

"iNERDE is the best thing that ever happened to me." – Badiallo

What’s Next for iNERDE?

This year’s Colonie de Vacances STEM may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean we’re done! The iNERDE team is busy evaluating this year’s pilot project and will be coming together from all parts of North America for our annual summit later this month to start planning next year’s activities.  We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better camp next summer that will continue empowering African youth with more opportunities and better STEM education. Big things are on the horizon, so stay tuned! 
 

Want to Know More?

This is the Week 7 Newsletter, the last newsletter for the Colonie de Vacances STEM 2014. Click here to go to the Week 1 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 6 Newsletter.


Newsletter – September 25, 2014

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The Future is Bright

Our Colonie de Vacances STEM 2014 may have ended, but that doesn’t mean we’re done! This is just the beginning for iNERDE, and we’re working on great plans for the future of STEM education. Keep an eye out for our monthly newsletters to stay up to date on the latest from our team.

Read on to learn more about iNERDE’s upcoming activities, exciting new developments, and how you can get involved with us. 

Annual Summit


After a hectic summer in Bamako, the iNERDE team gathered in Boston for its Annual Summit to wrap up our pilot project and get ready for the upcoming year. We’re looking forward to an improved curriculum, more participants, and an even nerdier Colonie de Vacances STEM 2015! Special shout out to Impact Hub Boston for hosting our summit, you guys rock!

With a lot more on our plate, we’re excited to share that iNERDE is growing! Introducing our Nerdy Leadership Team for 2014-2015.
 

It’s Official!

We are happy to announce that iNERDE is now recognized as a 501(c)(3) status organization – that means all donations are now eligible for tax exemptions. 
 
Blog: The News is Good

Chief Nerd Mohamed Kante reflects on the past year at iNERDE and what’s in store for the future: 

“So the news is good, maybe much better than you could have imagined. It is good for Mali, good for Africa, and very good for iNERDE. And we intend to keep the good news coming.”

Volunteer Opportunities


Web & Digital Media Specialist
 
Work closely with our marketing team to develop content for iNERDE’s website and social media networks, including video production and graphic design.

 

 

Brand Management Consultant
 
Work alongside iNERDE’s marketing team to develop concepts that will help iNERDE’s brand grow and evolve. 
 

Legal Consultant
 

Work with iNERDE’s core team to manage legal affairs and documents, and fulfill requests from outside counsel and others. 

Go to www.inerde.org/volunteering for more information on how to apply. 

Prix Orange: Vote for Us! 


iNERDE is participating in the 2014 Prix Orange for Social Entrepreneurship in Africa. If you too believe in giving opportunities to youth then you’ll love what iNERDE has in store for next year:
 
Our project will develop a graphically-based smartphone application development environment, AppNERDE, designed for use in technology education in sub-Saharan Africa and the eventual use by African social entrepreneurs for the creation of applications benefiting the community. 

Support us by voting here

Want to Learn More about iNERDE?


Make sure to check out our website at www.inerde.org

You can also like us on Facebook  and follow us on Twitter to keep up with our activities. 
 

For any comments or questions, please send an e-mail to
info@inerde.org 
 
Help us ignite Radical Development in Africa by contributing to iNERDE today
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Newsletter – July 22, 2014

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What We’re Made Of

Colonie de Vacances STEM Week Six Recap & Preview of Week Seven

Our nerds had a ton of fun during Week Six of iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM! They learned all about cells and how DNA makes us who we are and tells our body how to function, spoke to a local Malian engineer, and went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bamako International Airport. 

Thanks again to all of our week six activity sponsors!

Nerd Spotlight: Mohamed

Age 9 and a half

What I Want to be When I Grow Up  Doctor

If I had a Robot… It would protect me from bullies and pirates.

STEM Field I Like the Most Chemistry

Favorite Color  Blue

What I Like Most About Mali The National Museum

iNERDE Jeopardy & Running Competition

Sponsored by Syamala Akella

Pop quiz time! To test just how well our nerds remember the topics we have covered so far we played a game of iNERDE Jeopardy. Our winning team: La Petite NASA.

 

Later, we had a friendly iNERDE competition. As a continuation of our Physics lesson last week, our nerds calculated exactly how fast they were able to run 10 meters.

DNA Extraction

Sponsored by Ishita Deb Majumdar 

After learning about cells and how the nucleus is like the “library of the cell” containing all of the instructions our cells need to live, Saïd is excited to extract his own DNA from his cells. During this activity our students were able to see their own DNA in a test tube!

Deconstructing Electronic Appliances

Sponsored by Prem Ranjan

A local Malian engineer came in to talk about his invention, a battery powered cook-top that negates the need for continuous fanning used in most cook-tops in Mali.

We spent part of our day deconstructing various appliances and electronics. Here, Allaye deconstructs a computer mouse to understand how the inner workings of the device allow it to work properly.

Field Trip: Bamako International Airport

Sponsored by Kenneth Cardwell & Lizzane Tracy

The nerds got a behind the scenes look at how an airport runs on their visit to Bamako International Airport. They got to check out the flight command tower, the tarmac, the meteorology station, and the fire department.

A few of the students were even lucky enough to go for a ride in one of the airport fire trucks!

iNERDE Team Updates

We’re partnering up with the Malian Children’s Parliament! Here are iNERDE’s Mohamed Kante, Rebecca Brosseau, and Joey Orlando with leaders of the Parlement des Enfants
 

We joined a radio panel discussion on the theme of Science and Development, where we shared our perspective as a social enterprise dedicated to improving the standard of science education in Mali and inspiring children to pursue careers in STEM fields.

The iNERDE Team met with Mme. Jacqueline Marie Nana Togola, National Minister of Education for Mali. 

We also presented our project and vision to concerned educators from the Macina region. 

What’s in Store for Week Seven?

Time is winding down as our students are now in their last week and focusing on their final projects, brainstorming and building potential solutions to issues within their community. Graduation is this coming Saturday and we’re looking forward to their final presentations! 

Here’s a glimpse at what our nerds are up to during Week 7 of iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM
 

Want to Know More? 

This is the Week 6 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 7 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 5 Newsletter.



Newsletter – July 15, 2014

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We’ve Got the Power 

Colonie de Vacances STEM Week Five Recap & Preview of Week Six

We had an energy-filled week five at iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM. Our students learned all about alternative energy methods, built their own solar-powered vehicles, and went on a field trip to the hydroelectricity plant at Énergie du Mali. We also spent some time on the physics of soccer in recognition of the World Cup.

The kids have been absolutely incredible to say the least. They are extremely bright, motivated to learn, and energetic. A specific instance that stands out for me was when one of our students, Mohamed, walked to the house that we have been staying at, specifically so that he could learn more about the solar cars that we built in class the previous day. We were so inspired by Mohamed’s motivation and desire to learn that we got together some materials for him to take home and build his own solar powered car over the weekend. Seeing the smile on his face was priceless.

– Joey Orlando, Director of Nerdy Finances

 

Thanks again to all of our week five activity sponsors!

Nerd Spotlight: Allaye

Age 10 years old

What I Want to be When I Grow Up  Supreme Court Judge

If I had a Robot… I would want it to do everything I ask it to

Favorite Activity So Far I really liked building catapults and planes

Favorite Color  Blue

What I Like Most About Mali The National Museum

Rocket Science!

Sponsored by Charles S. Phillips & Fatoumata Dembele

The week kicked off with everyone using their knowledge of the design process to build air-powered rockets. Here, Diaw shows off the design of his balloon launcher to the rest of the class. 

Can a raw egg survive a fall from two stories high? The class was ecstatic upon discovering that their egg remained intact during Monday’s egg-drop challenge. Hurrah! 

Energy & Solar-Powered Cars

Sponsored by Klein Gauthier & Franco Famularo

We introduced our nerds to alternative energy sources this week. After learning how solar panels convert energy from the sun – first into electrical energy and then into mechanical energy – Lassana was able to successfully build a solar-powered fan. 


Who knew you could build a working compass out of water, styrofoam, a small piece of metal, and a magnet? The class got to use these homemade devices as part of a lesson on world geography. 

Solar-Powered Cars: Part 2

Sponsored by Daniel and Blandine Stringer

We challenged our students to design their own solar-powered vehicles. Here’s our Chief Nerd, Mohamed Kante, showing the class how the gears on the car’s drive shaft are powered by a solar panel. 


While learning about combustion engines, the nerds watched an episode of Le Bus Magique (The Magic School Bus) to better understand how cars function. 

The Physics of Soccer & Énergie du Mali

Sponsored by Brooke Schwartz, Aishwarya Sarma & Habi Coulibaly

During our Physics of Soccer lesson, Méry calculated how fast he kicked the ball by timing how long it took for the ball to travel a set distance and using the distance = rate * time equation

On their visit to Énergie du Mali, the nerds learned all about how electricity is generated and distributed at the hydro power plant located on the Niger River in Bamako. 

What’s in Store for Week Six?

Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store for the students during week six of iNERDE’s Colonie De Vacances STEM!
 
Week Six Activity Sponsors
Discovering the Needs Around Me
Syamala Akella
 

How Can STEM Help?
Ishita Deb Majumdar

 

Project Design
Prem Ranjan

 

Basics of Public Speaking
Kenneth Cardwell
 

Field Trip
Lizzane Tracy

Want to Know More? 

This is the Week 5 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 6 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 4 Newsletter.

Newsletter – July 8, 2014

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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? 

iNERDE 2014 Week Four Recap & Preview of Week Five

As iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM moved into its fourth week, the nerds looked back at everything they’ve learned so far and got down to business with a week full of hands-on projects. They also got the chance to see how bazin fabric is dyed on another exciting field trip! 

“When I grow up I will be a pilot. My pilot career will be so successful that I will build my own airport. I will protect all the passengers. The food will be free. There will be no alcohol or cigarettes. I will develop my country and other countries too. The plane tickets will not be too expensive. I don’t like to see handicapped people, poor people, blind people, so I will do my best to protect them. I will also find a cure for ebola virus. I will do everything for my people and others in the world. I will be just like iNERDE. I want to build a place for handicapped people, for the poor, and for blind people, just like I.G.E.A. (a facility for the blind in Bamako).”

– Diaw, iNERDE Student 

 

Thanks again to all of our week four activity sponsors!

Nerd Spotlight

Alimata

Age 9 years old

What I Want to be When I Grow Up  A doctor, because I want to help sick people

If I had a Robot… It would be my friend and I would teach it to work

STEM Subject I like the most I like science the most and I like the field trips a lot

Favorite Color  A tie between pink and purple

Favorite Athlete Messi
 

iNERDE Jeopardy

Sponsored by Michael Riley & Kadiatou Kante

On Monday our nerds were put to the test: the class answered questions about everything they’ve learned so far in an exciting game of iNERDE Jeopardy!
 

Social Responsiblity & Watercraft Challenge

Sponsored by John Schlosser & Suwagmani Hazarika


Kouta wrote in her Science Journal about how she wants to become a doctor in order to take care of her family and community.


After a lesson on density and buoyancy, the class was challenged to build a boat strong enough to hold a load of 50 pennies without sinking.  

Zip Line Challenge & Field Trip to Bazin Tinture 

Sponsored by Robert Duffy

On Wednesday, the students were faced with the task of designing and building a device that could carry a little passenger from the top of a zip line to the bottom as fast as possible. Our speediest team clocked in at 1.22 seconds! 

Here’s Cheickné ready to test his team’s creation on the zip line. 

We also took our nerds on a field trip to a bazin tinture site that showed them how chemistry really is a part of everyday life. They learned about how chemical reactions are needed to fix the dye to the traditional cotton fabric that much of their clothing is made from. 

Paper Tower Challenge

Sponsored by Torsten Mohr

Thursday, the nerds worked together to design and build a table made out of newspaper strong enough to support the weight of a heavy bookAfter a week filled with great challenges and educational experiences, everyone is looking forward to next week’s activities! 

What’s in Store for Week Five?

Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store for the students during week five of iNERDE’s Colonie De Vacances STEM!
 
Week Five Activity Sponsors
Launch It
Charles S. Phillips

Touchdown
Fatoumata Dembele

Solar-Powered Cars
Klein Gauthier
Franco Famularo
Daniel and Blandine Stringer

The Physics of Soccer
Brooke Schwartz
Aishwarya Sarma

Field Trip to Énergie du Mali

Habi Coulibaly

 

This is the Week 4 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 5 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 3 Newsletter.


Newsletter – July 1, 2014

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Look, We’re on TV!

Halfway There – Week Three Recap & Week Four Preview

The nerds of iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM had an exciting week studying electricity, vehicle construction & design, construction tools, musical instruments, and a field trip!

“There is nothing like working with people who believe what you believe. Because they are the ones who will give their blood, sweat, and tears to turn an idea into a reality WITHOUT asking for a higher salary”

– Mohamed Kante

Thanks again to all of our week three activity sponsors!

Nerd Spotlight

Doussou

Age 10 years old

What I Want to be When I Grow Up  A doctor, because I like helping people

If I had a Robot…  I would tell it to do what I do and it would be my friend

STEM Subject I like the most Science (Chemistry)

Favorite Color Pink

Favorite Sports Team Barcelona (Soccer)
 

Electrical Systems

Sponsored by Vivek Vishnudas

Fatimata, Issiaka, & Mohamadou are testing their potato powered electrical circuit. 

The class learns about electrical current, protons, neutrons, & electrons, and circuits. 

Field Trip to ORTM

Sponsored by Kenneth Barrette

Kouta & Christina smile for the camera!

The nerds visited ORTM, Office de Radiodiffusion – Television du Mali (Office of Radio and Television of Mali) on the first of many field trips during the Colonie de Vacances STEM.

Math Competition

Sponsored by Wendy Lai Kowloon

In the morning, the nerds learned some basic English phrases and in the afternoon there was a math riddle competition – “There’s a 5L bucket and a 2L bucket, and you need to fill a 4L bucket with only 3L – any more and a bomb will explode – how do you solve the problem?”, and the winning team, five girls – Baro, Aicha, Saran, Salimata and Kadidiatou, won prizes!

Dieudonné and Mohamadou working hard to solve the math riddle.

The History of Science & Introduction to Architecture

Sponsored by Jennie Leigh & Eri Kajita

Thursday the kids spent the morning making goodbye cards for Nadia and Christian, and then there was a lesson in the history of science. We covered Galileo, Copernicus, Wright Brothers, Lumiere Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, and Einstein. In the afternoon we had a guest speaker, an architect, who talked about his career and gave the students a chance to sketch out their dream homes (he told them to draw the houses they would build for their mothers). 

What’s in Store for Week Four?

Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store for the students during week four of iNERDE’s Colonie De Vacances STEM!
 
Week Four Activity Sponsors
Intro to the Design Process
Michael Riley
Kadiatou Kante

Watercraft Challenege & Field Trip to MaliTel
John Schlosser 
Suwagmani Hazarika

Paper Table Challenge
Robert Duffy

Zip-Line Challenge
Torsten Mohr
 

This is the Week 3 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 4 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 2 Newsletter.


Newsletter – June 23, 2014

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We’ve Become Civil Engineers!

 iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM Week Two Recap & Preview of Week Three

Time seems to be flying by here at iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM as we just finished up our second week in Mali! This week the students focused on physics, anatomy, natural science, and engineering. They built marshmallow catapults, studied the circulatory system, and constructed spaghetti drawbridges. 

“The most rewarding part of my week was watching Mohamadou struggle with uncooperative pasta and hands caked with glue, and then turn to me in a moment of pride and exclaim ‘We have become Civil Engineers!’ That proclamation captured the essence of our vision; to show our 4th and 5th graders that they are the leaders of tomorrow who will transform their surroundings for the better.”

– Rebecca Brosseau, iNERDE Empowerment Agent

Thanks again to all of our week two activity sponsors!

Nerd Spotlight

Diaou

Age  11 years old

Favorite Subject  Math

What I Want to be When I Grow Up  Pilot, because then I could travel around the whole world

If I had a Robot…  It would do my homework and cook for me when I got hungry

Favorite Food Burgers and burritos

Physics Lab

Sponsored by Diane Miller, Mari Kajita, & Rohan Degaonkar

Kouta showing off the marshmallow catapult that she and Bada built. In this activity, our nerds learned about levers, fulcrums, forces by constructing catapults and launching marshmallows.
 

Mohamed and Diaou demonstrating the string telephone while everyone learns about sound waves.

The Human Body

Sponsored by Roy Miller

Our nerds learned the circulatory system by playing red blood cell musical chairs. 

iNERDE Empowerment Agents Nadia Famularo & Rebecca Brosseau teach the parts of the body in English by using the age-old classic “head, shoulders, knees, and toes”.

Natural Science Lab

Sponsored by Kalyani Guntur, Douglas Mizutani, & Michael Giuggio

iNERDE Empowerment Agent Rebecca Brosseau explains chemistry and pH to several of the nerds.

Kouta shows that it’s fashionable to wear safety goggles in the lab!

Technology & Engineering Lab

Sponsored by Gretchen Reed, Katryn Keita, & Serge Brosseau

The students have been keeping their own scientific notebooks, taking notes, drawing diagrams, and jotting down their ideas.

Mohamadou checks the stability of his spaghetti bridge.

What’s in Store for Week Three?

Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store for the students during week three of iNERDE’s Colonie De Vacances STEM!

Week Three Activity Sponsors

Vehicle Design and Construction
Wendy Lai Kowloon

Musical Instruments and Tools
Eri Kajita

Electrical Systems & Field Trip to Energie du Mali
Vivek Vishnudas – Electrical Systems Activity
Kenneth Barrett – Field Trip to Energie du Mali

Construction Lab
Jennie Leigh

This is the Week 2 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 3 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 1 Newsletter.

Newsletter – June 20, 2014

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We’ve Gone from Ideas to Realities

 iNERDE’s Colonie De Vacances STEM Week One Recap & Preview of Week Two

iNERDE’s Colonie de Vacances STEM just finished up its first week in Bamako! So far the iNERDE team in Mali, comprised of Mohamed Kante, Christian Vlcek, Nadia Famularo, & Rebecca Brosseau, have introduced the students to each of the STEM fields and how they are used in our daily lives, built parachutes and gliders, and brought in several inspiring guest speakers to talk about their careers in STEM.

“The highlight of my week was hearing the screams of excitement as our “nerds-in-the-making” launched their gliders off the balcony. The looks on their faces were a great reward for the hours of preparation we’ve done, and I continue to be inspired by their curiosity and eagerness to share what they’ve learned about STEM.” – Nadia Famularo, iNERDE Empowerment Agent

We would like to again thank all of the week one activity sponsors for your support!

Day 1 – Intro to Science

Sponsored by Barry D. McGinnis

iNERDE Empowerment Agent Rebecca Brosseau gives students an idea of what science is and how it is used in our daily lives. 

After just learning about air resistance, Mohamed tests out his custom made parachute 

Day 2 – Intro to Technology

Students are surprised when iNERDE’s Christian Vlcek shows them how to use photo filters in Photoshop.

The iNERDE class puts on their best “nerd” faces!

Day 3 – Intro to Engineering

Sponsored by Carolyn Zettler

Christina & Méry get ready to test fly their custom designed cardboard airplanes.

iNERDE’s Rebecca Brosseau uses Doussou’s crafty airplane design as an example to explain the basics of aerodynamics and design to the iNERDE class. 

Day 4 – Intro to Mathematics

Sponsored by Mohamed L. Diane & Amity Wilczek

iNERDE’s Mohamed Kante, helps Alimatou & Allaye with addition of fractions.

Baro, Moulaye, Moussa, Mohamed, and Allaye (clockwise from bottom left) work together on a math puzzle.

Week Two Curriculum Sneak Peek

A quick sneak peek at what’s in store for the students during week two of iNERDE’s Colonie De Vacances STEM!
 
Week Two Activity Sponsors
Physics Lab
Diane Miller – Marshmallow Catapults
Mari Kajita – String Telephone Project
Rohan Degaonkar – Measuring Wind Speed Activity

Chemistry Lab
Roy W. Miller – Invisible Ink Activity

Natural Science Lab
Kalyani Guntur – Pulse/Heart Rate & Egg Drop Activity
Douglas Mizutani – Making a Rain Gauge
Michael N. Giuggio – Know the Body Activity

Tech/Engineering Lab
Gretchen Reed – Make your Own Robot Activity
Kathryn Keita – Build a Bridge Activity
Serge Brosseau – Visit Orange Mali Field Trip

Starting this week, the team will be tweeting live updates from the camp. Follow us on twitter here to keep up to date with the camp’s activities!

 

This is the Week 1 Newsletter. Click here to go to the Week 2 Newsletter.

Newsletter – June 6, 2014

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BREAKING NEWS

 Colonie De Vacances STEM Officially Underway!
&
iNERDE Featured in Fortune 500!

It’s finally here! iNERDE’s Colonie De Vacances STEM is officially underway! As we speak, the iNERDE team is on their way to Bamako, Mali! We have been hard at work the past few weeks getting all of the final details in order for the camp. We wanted to give you a quick update on what we have been up to the past few weeks since the wrapping up of our Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign!

Also, keep an eye on our blog as we will be regularly blogging from the camp!

iNERDE team departing Canada on their way to Bamako! From left to right: Rebecca Brosseau, Nadia Famularo, and Christian Vlcek.

Fortune 500 Magazine

iNERDE’s Chief Nerd and Visionary, Mohamed Kante, was recently featured in a Fortune 500 article titled “Heroes of the 500 2014”. You can check out the full story here!

Week One Curriculum Sneak Peek

Here is a quick peek at what we have in store for Week 1 of the camp! Class officially starts on June 9th!Week One activity sponsors!

– Intro to Sciences – Barry D. McGinnis

– Intro to Technology- Adam Westerdale

– Intro to Engineering – Carolyn Zettler

– Intro to Math – Mohamed L. Diane.

iNERDE Fundraising – Mother’s Day Flower Sale

The iNERDE team recently held a Mother’s Day Flower Sale in Montreal, Canada!
We must say… Mohamed Kante, iNERDE’s Chief Nerd and Visionary, looks pretty good in red! 

2014 Colonie De VacancesT-Shirts!

Here’s a quick sneak peek at the t-shirts that the iNERDE nerds will be rocking throughout the Colonie de Vacances STEM in Bamako!
The iNERDE team is immensely grateful for your contributions to our organization and we cannot thank you enough!We raised about 20% of our original goal, and would appreciate any additional donations! You can also help spread the word by sharing the link to our website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Tell your friends, family, mailman, barber, and even your bank teller!

Help iNERDE revolutionize STEM education in Africa today!