Eldoret, Kenya Student Projects

This is an education project that has many of the hallmarks of the pedagogies I believe contribute most to student engagement and development: real-world problems, collaborative research and development, and emphasis on critical thinking and evidence. TMiddle- and secondary-school students in Eldoret, Kenya are pursuing solar cooking for their families’ use by research, design, and experimentation.

Camily Wedende and students from the Eldoret Student Solar Cooker Science pilot project display two cookers that were part of their testing. The cooker on the right is one that the students helped to design, and it out-performed two others in comparative experiments.

My particular connection to this project comes through my wife, Sharon Cousins, as you will see on the web page above. I find it remarkable that these students in Kenya are engaged in a such a multi-faceted educational experience.

I believe we can gain a clearer vision of where the higher education process should be headed by looking at activities like this.


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