Ghana STEAM Project Based Learning Workshops

Submitted by D. Elder, elder.48@osu.edu

Ohio State ATI’s 2018 Ghana Research and Education Abroad (GREA) undergraduates and faculty in partnership with the Ghana Education Service and Communities of Thinking presented four project-based learning workshops at three Volta Region junior high schools and a teacher education event. Students prepared and led workshops on Building Biodigesters for Cookstove Fuel, Hydroponics for Dry Season Greens Production, and Marketplace Literacy to Improve Subsistence Markets. The student workshop leaders confidently led 125 junior high students and their teachers to build and learn the science behind their STEAM projects. Biodigester leaders were Alexa Eisenbrown (‘18, Biogas and Biowaste Management) and Travis Rutledge (‘19, Agriscience Education): Hydroponics, Maggie Lieb (‘19, Sustainable Agriculture) and Gage Smith (‘18, Community and Extension Leadership); Gage Smith planned the Marketplace Literacy workshop; Bailey Griffeth, Kenton Dresbach, Kayla Walls, Jessica Crook and Beth Allie served as small group facilitators. (NOTE: STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, AGRICULTURE, and Math, all subjects emphasized in today’s education.)

You can read more about the 2018 GREA program here.