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STEAM* modules for an on-line course on design in East Timor (*science, technology, engineering, art & math)




EC: Edgerton Center

Faculty Supervisor:

Amy Smith

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Apply by:

30 September, 2020



Project Description

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in East Timor has requested UNICEF’s support to produce a 21st Century Skills Online Learning Program for pre-secondary and secondary school students (ages 12-18). The program seeks to expand educational resources that can both answer the immediate need created by the pandemic and address the on-going imperative to increase the range and depth of learning opportunities for Timorese students. The Program will consist of 5 courses, one of which will focus on design and will be developed by MIT D-Lab. The course will introduce projects that students can make at home, such as building a hands-free handwashing station; explain the science behind the challenge (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.); and provide an opportunity for students to create and share their solutions. In addition, it will also introduce projects that students can develop for their communities and schools. This project-based course will cover key content and skills that will be useful during the coronavirus crisis and beyond. We are looking for a student to help develop some of the nine modules that comprise the Design Projects course, This UROP will build off of work that was done over the summer to identify themes and activities for the modules. The work can be done entirely remotely, and be will in collaboration with a working group that includes students and instructors from the EC.750 Humanitarian Innovation class. The working team will be in on-going consultation with representatives from UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and a Youth Advisory Group from Timor Leste on the development of the modules. Once the modules are completed, they may be adapted for use in other D-Lab sites, including Northern Uganda, Colombia and Greece. Interested candidates should email d-lab-humanitarian-innovation@mit.edu with a brief explanation of why they are interested in this project and describe any relevant previous experience.


Applicants should have some experience in teaching and/or tutoring as well as a passion for hands-on education. Previous experience in curriculum development and/or graphic design will also be considered.