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The Liberia Institute for Girls - Todee (LIG) project is an emerging applied poverty research and sustainable development ecosystem - with K-16 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education environment young women and girls - scheduled to begin operation in 2021 in the Todee region of Liberia. Nonetheless, its partners have impressive individual track record of achievements in education, socioeconomic development, applied poverty research and sustainability studies in the United States and abroad. The "Partners" page of this website list some of these partners and their websites.
The following quote from a LIG's consultant who visited the LIG's project site highlights the need and potential impact of the LIG: "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 (GUT) 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." — Kevin Zook, PhD - Dean & Professor | Sch00l of Education, Holy Family University (President, PA Association of Colleges & Teacher Educators).
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.