Advocacy Update: Spark and Inspire STEM Workshop on Electricity
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”
We visited Laiban Elementary School in Tanay, Rizal for our Spark and Inspire STEM Workshop for kids. Joined by 24 students from Grades 3 to 5, together we answered questions of "How things work?" and explored the science behind common electrical household tools. The workshop focused on tackling the fundamentals of electricity and the basic concepts that makes it work.
The workshop started with an introduction to electricity by comparing its behavior to water in a water tank, how it behaves when the tap is closed or when the pipes that it travels through get smaller or bigger. The talk continued on to discuss important electrical terminologies that will help the learners better understand the next stages of the workshop: Voltage, Current, and Resistance.
The learners each got the opportunity to show their understanding and apply the things they learned through small experiments that expanded as they went further into the workshop. Starting with a basic schematic diagram that showed a power supply, wires, a switch, and a load, the experiments went on to include a variety of switches, different loads, integrated circuits, and transistors.
All the learners were given the tools they needed to safely experience first hand what it's like put different electrical components together, apply the concepts they learned, and troubleshoot problems with the guidance of volunteers.
wearkindness Spark and Inspire STEM Workshop is our initiative to promote better access to learning tools and resources for schools in marginalized communities, and help the students find a future-proof career in STEM.
This program and our other advoacy for children's education are made possible by your support. On behalf of all our, volunteers, learners, and beneficiaries, thank you for continuously supporting wearkindness, and we wish you a kind and prosperous 2023.