The Liberia Institute for Girls - Todee (LIG) project seeks to leapfrog a cluster of young women and girls in the Todee region of Liberia into the fast-paced, information-driven, knowledge economy; meanwhile, enhancing small enterprise development in the region as a catalyst for sustainable development. Women and girls empowerment is the underlying goal of the LIG initiative.
— Kevin Zook, PhD - Dean & Professor | School of Education, Holy Family University (President, PA Association of Colleges & Teacher Educators) writes: "My visit to the Todee region of Liberia several years ago made a profound impression on me. After many years of conflict and lost educational opportunities for the children of Liberia, the Liberia Institute for Girls - Todee (LIG) offers hope for future generations of young women who will become the country's thinkers, innovators, scientists, mathematicians, teachers, entrepreneurs, leaders, and peacemakers. The needs are great, but I am excited about all the ways in which the LIG will work to meet those needs."
In many ways, the LIG’s approach to STEM teaching is inspired by the CTQ Collaboratory's unique acronym of STEM, which takes the mystery out of STEM and makes STEM education fun for kids: Science is the study of the natural world; Technology means any product made by man to meet need or want; Engineering refers to the design process kids use to solve problem; and Mathematics is the language of numbers, shapes and quantities. From this vantage point, STEM is much more than a group of subjects; and STEM education goes far beyond preparing students for future jobs. STEM education, especially in the early grades enhances critical thinking skills, evidence-based investigation, reasoning, teamwork and creativity, as the basis for navigating life. It is the blending of STEM subjects across the curriculum. This is STEM fundamentals at LIG Elementary!
Engineering refers to the design process kids use to solve problem.
Technology means any product made by man to meet need or want.
Science is the study of the natural world.
Mathematics is the language of numbers, shapes and quantities.