The knowledge-specific tracks in the diploma are based on teaching the potential STEM teachers to use, build and develop e- and physical experiments designed and developed during the project.
So, it was planned to design and establish a national STEM resource center that is equipped with the development tools, machines, programming facilities and qualified programmers and engineers to become a sustainable source of STEM e- and physical experiments during and after the project life time which will act as a hub for STEM teachers in Egypt.
The STEM resource center will be established at Nile University/Ain Shams University where sustainable development of up-to-date STEM resources (hardware and software) shall be developed.
The planned resource center has two divisions; the first if for hardware educational resources development and the second is for e-resources development.
Hardware resource division:
All equipment needed to design, manufacture, test and operate the hardware academic resource kits will be acquired. Once acquired, generic multi-purpose assembled resource kits shall be designed and manufactured using 3D manufacturing machines integrated with smart sensors and actuators to serve the different course objectives of the science and math subjects in both primary and secondary school levels. This shall include modular robots, renewable energy assembly kits, properties of matter measurement and assessment kits, optics and magnetism kits and more (to be tailored to the specific courses of the diploma). Complete operation manuals and demonstration videos will be developed.
E-labs and e-resource division:
All equipment needed to design, program, test and operate the e-experiments or e-resource kits will be acquired. Once acquired, generic multi-purpose software environment shall be developed that can host all the e-labs and e-experiments serving the various math/science courses in the primary and secondary school levels. The platform shall be capable in not only hosting pure science and math experiments, but rather is designed to host engineering and technology projects integrating the different science and math topics. A full set of training manuals will be developed for the designed set of the STEM resource center activities. Sample software codes for the different training levels shall be provided.
Developed by Group for Advanced Research in Dynamic Systems (ASU-GARDS) - Faculty of Engineering - Ain Shams University.