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Student Technology Excellence Program for schools

The Student Technology Excellence Program is a 3-year community outreach initiative that is designed to help Palestinian children and youth make a quantum leap from from learning old things in old ways to learning new things in new ways.

The initiative is designed to increase student interest in the field of information technology while having fun at the same time, in an environment free from the pressures of a typical classroom.

 

The program utilizes robotics, electronics, and innovative programming tools so that the technology becomes a transparent and integral tool to facilitate and enhance the teaching of core subjects in schools. The effective integration of robotics, electronics, and programming as an after-school program culminates a natural byproduct of 21st century skills that enable our school students to think critically, analyze information, collaborate, solve problems, and make decisions.

STEP OBJECTIVES

  • To inspire children, grades 8 through 11, to enjoy and celebrate science, math, and information technology.
  • To connect middle, high schools, and the surrounding community with Birzeit University.  Program participants get a unique chance to interact with the university faculties and university students.
  • Create fun, engaging, and effective learning environments for students away from the pressures of typical classrooms.
  • Promote the development of life skills for students including critical thinking, time management, communication, collaboration and teamwork.
  • Prepare middle school kids to participate in the annual FLL Competition.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

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Volunteering helps you build leadership skills and have a sense of appreciation of what it means to make a positive societal contribution.

The Student Technology Excellence Program takes place on Birzeit University campus @ the Najjad Zeenni Information Technology Center of Excellence.  We are always in need of enthusiastic volunteers.  University students and previous STEP graduates make the perfect volunteers.

Coaching and/or mentoring a team of kids is another opportunity for you to do great volunteer work.  Coaches and mentors in this program need to have basic engineering and/or computer science knowledge.

Birzeit University volunteers get to receive community work hours.  All volunteers receive a certificate of appreciation.

You may ask to become a volunteer in the program by contacting us at:

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or by calling us at:

+970 2 2982072

Mission

To advance innovation and creativity in future IT generations in Palestine.

Vision

To cultivate a nurturing environment within the center that promotes the productive flow of critical thinking, creative ideas, and innovation in IT and its various applications.

How We Work

We facilitate the effective use of information and communication technologies for meaningful purposes in underserved Palestinian communities.

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