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November Book of the Month

Our November Book of the Month is:

Teaching STEM to First Generation College Students
Teaching STEM to First Generation College Students by Gail Horowitz

Knowing how to study at higher education level doesn’t come naturally – it’s something you have to learn. But those who have been poorly prepared in high school or who are the first in their families to attend education beyond secondary school, can lack these important skills.

Teaching STEM to First Generation College Students is therefore written to help people working in higher education induct these students into their new learning environment, especially into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects – enabling them to not just get by but excel.

Looking at topics such as study skills training, self-regulated learning and mentoring students, this guide is packed with quick and easy steps which STEM faculty staff can take to support students.

In addition, the book offers helpful insights into the challenges that students may face, giving staff greater understanding so they can better encourage and support their students.

This book will be invaluable for many further and higher education teachers across Africa. STEM is growing in popularity throughout the continent but many students will be the first in their family (or village) to attend university. This handbook will therefore be a welcome tool to help faculty staff not only make STEM subjects more accessible but enable their students to take charge of their learning with improved study skills.

Teaching STEM to First Generation College Students will be a particularly useful resource for universities in countries where schools are rapidly being built, more children are completing secondary education and higher education is reaching new communities such as Zanzibar, the Malawi and Rwanda. Copies will soon be on their way.

Study Hub opening

Our first STEM Study Hub opens in Ghana!

We’re delighted to announce that in partnership with the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) we’ve opened our first STEM Study Hub in Ghana at the Accra Central Library, generously funded by Aggreko.

New Study Hub in Accra
The new STEM Study Hub at Accra Central Library about to be opened

The aim of the new STEM Study Hub is to enhance the Accra Central Library’s ability to support the city’s secondary school students in their study of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and help them prepare for exams. There’s a particular focus on encouraging more girls to pursue further study and careers in STEM.

This new section of the library is filled with 1,800 brand new UK publisher-donated revision guides and STEM subject materials plus local curriculum text books and resources to assist secondary school students’ studies and exam preparation.

Opening the STEM Study Hub in Accra
Mr Hayford Siaw, Executive Director of Ghana Library Authority opens the new STEM Study Hub

Librarians overseeing the new Study Hub at the Accra Central Library have also taken part in training to strengthen their skills in supporting students in studying STEM subjects, undertaking research in the library, revising and how to tackle tricky exam questions.

Librarians also have also been equipped with copies of a special ‘Pass It!’ guide to use with students. The guide is filled with revision tips and real life case studies of women working in STEM careers.

Students at work using STEM books in Malawi
Secondary school students use books at a STEM Study Hub in Malawi

In addition, three local secondary schools in Accra (including one girls’ school) have each received a donation of 400 STEM books to further bolster students’ STEM studies. The donation also included some youth fiction and leisure reading to help students relax at what can be a particularly stressful time of their educational career.

A second Aggreko-funded STEM Study Hub is also opening at GhLA’s library in Koforidua in Ghana’s Eastern Region to support local students. This includes a donation of books to three secondary schools in the area.

We would like to thank Aggreko for their generous support of our STEM Study Hubs project in Ghana.

Children's Corner a MYSA Library

April Book of the Month

Our latest Book of the Month is . . .

Women in Science
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

This beautifully presented book is filled with the inspiring true life stories of 50 women who have made notable contributions to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), from ancient to modern times.

Alice Ball

Celebrating their work, the book includes famous figures like Marie Curie as well as lesser-known pioneers such as African-American chemist Alice Ball who cured leprosy. Each figure is given a double page spread with eye-catching illustrations and quotes as well as a comprehensive biography of her life and work.

The book also contains fascinating infographics, timelines, stats and a glossary as well as details of some of the sources the author used to research the book, so that particularly keen readers can find out more.

Women in Science will be incredibly motivating for anyone with a passion for STEM, especially girls and young women. Copies are on their way to public and community libraries across the world as well as secondary schools to inspire the next generation of female biologists, mathematicians, doctors, chemists, physicists, engineers and more!