Archive for June, 2013

June 27th, 2013

SHF an Invited Participant at the 2013 United Nations Innovation Fair

Science House Foundation is pleased to be an invited participant in the 2013 United Nations “Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture” fair organized by ECOSOC, the UN’s Economic and Social Council.

This year’s summit will feature topics ranging from Food and Water Security to the power of social media for innovation in education, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “The primary objective of the Fair is to showcase innovative practices, approaches and projects in science, technology, innovation and culture from around the world.”

Science House Foundation will be joining organizations such as Save the Children, L’Oréal, Nestlé and Qualcomm in meeting and presenting ideas to UN Ministers and Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

We look forward to reporting back to you about the gathering.

June 24th, 2013

SHF Joins the US Global Campaign for Education

Science House Foundation is pleased to be a new invited member of the US Global Campaign for Education. (The US Global Campaign for Education, = is part of the broader international organization, the Global Campaign for Education, headquartered in South Africa.)

We believe the objectives of the US GCE are complementary to the work and focus of Science House Foundation and we are happy to share them with you below.

Current Objectives of the U.S. Chapter of the Global Campaign for Education:

  • Making Education a Global Development Priority: The Obama Administration’s Global Development Strategy does not include education as a development priority. Achieving universal basic education is the key to success across all development sectors, and GCE-US is calling on the President to make education a global development priority.
  • Supporting the Education for All Act: The Education for All Act is a mechanism to increase access to schooling in poor countries and to improve the quality of education offered. The act calls on the US to support a multilateral education initiative like the Global Partnership for Education that is committed with realizing these important goals.
  • Securing U.S. Participation in a Multilateral Education Initiative: Currently, the U.S. funds global basic education efforts almost exclusively on a bilateral basis through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Coordinating aid through a multilateral education initiative like the Global Partnership for Education is smart aid, and results in more support for children, schools, and teachers in developing countries and better oversight of how funds are used. GCE-US urges the US Government to increase funding to the Global Partnership for Education.
  • Removing Barriers for Girls Secondary Education: Despite the fact that gains for investing in the education of women and girls grow with each year of school completed, girls continue to make up more than half of the out-of school children worldwide. At the secondary level, girls face barriers related to health and sanitation, causing many of them to drop out after enrolling. GCE-US advances policy that removes these barriers to secondary education for girls and allows them to achieve their full potential.
  • June 15th, 2013

    New Program for our Conference on Transnational Collaborative STEAM Education

    We’ve just published the latest program of speakers, panels and events at our upcoming October 3 & 4 conference on Transnational Collaborative STEAM Education. Our conference dovetails with the WORLDSTE2013 conference with a specific focus on how to approach science, technology and arts education from a transnational collaborative perspective.

    We’ll be releasing more news in coming weeks. Until then, you can download the program here.

    And don’t forget to register. We look forward to seeing you in October.

    June 11th, 2013

    MicroGlobalScope Welcomes Cambodia’s CIA FIRST International School to the Community

    Joyce Ira Yarza of Cambodia’s CIA FIRST International School with Mai Le of Everest Education as Joyce picks up her MicroGlobalScope kit.

    A few weeks ago, Science House Foundation supporter Suzanne Cruse invited Executive Director Joshua Fouts to meet social entrepreneur Tony Ngo, co-founder of Everest Education an education NGO in Vietnam which is focuses on improving the education opportunities of K-12 students in Vietnam. Tony is a passionate leader who has launched several other non-profits.

    We agreed to partner with Tony to bring Everest Education into MicroGlobalScope family of schools. It turned out that Tony was leaving for Vietnam in a few days. He offered to deliver the MicroGlobalScope equipment to Vietnam personally. (More on that in a later post.)

    Joshua asked him if he had any extra space in his suitcase for one more MicroGlobalScope kit. It turns out he did.

    Last December Science House Foundation awarded a MicroGlobalScope kit to Cambodia’s CIA FIRST International School in Phnom Penh. However, due to import restrictions, we were unable to deliver the equipment. Tony offered to deliver the microscopes to Ho Chi Minh City if we could arrange to have them picked up.

    Joyce Ira Yarza a science teacher at the CIA FIRST International School, who had been patiently awaiting her MicrGlobalScope kit for the past six months agreed to make the drive to Vietnam.

    Joyce sent us the below dispatch from her journey, including a special message from her students. (Thanks to Science House Foundation supporter Alex Le Fontaine for introducing us to Joyce.)

    Arrival at the Everest Education building in Ho Chi Minh City.

    My trip to Ho Chi Minh City took roughly 7 hours by bus and though it may sound tiring and boring, I’d say it was all worth it because Mai and Don of Everest Education were so hospitable and accommodating. I also met Hieu Le who is one of their teachers in the school. All three of them amazed me with their passion and dedication to give their students quality education which is the same vision we have at CIA FIRST. It’s truly an honor to meet and be acquainted with new people whom we can collaborate with in terms of making education, especially making science better for our students. All of us were able to discuss our plans for the project and promised to keep in touch for updates and future activities.

    When I arrived back here in Cambodia, I took a chance to play with the equipment and they’re all awesome. I personally loved the MiScope because it’s handy and very easy to use. When I showed it to my students, all of them wanted to extend our science class and discover more things under it. However, since our exams are due next week, we have postponed our activity till the last week of the month, just before we go on our vacation. I also took the opportunity to teach a couple more of science teachers at school to familiarize themselves with the new microscopes. With these equipment, I am sure that science will be so much exciting for the next school year. FYI, we’re going to have a dedicated club for this project,, so we’ll keep you in touch with our activities through our blog posts.

    Mai Le and Don Le of Everest Education in Vietnam with their microscopes.