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The STEM Up project is entering its second phase in the Global Development Lab of the Hunt Institute. Centered around helping students interested in computer science develop an understanding of basic engineering principles, the project hopes to transform the classroom into a digital learning environment by offering easily accessible resources and instructions. The average school education plan cannot provide these resources to students, lacking an important part of applicable school concepts. STEM Up aims to bridge the gap between school education and affordable additional practice for young students to help them find or pursue engineering.

Originally, the STEM Up project aimed to create an educational kit using Raspberry Pi, LAN devices, and low-price tablets. The kit targeted students 10 to 14 years old in rural and urban areas and can be processed through online ordering. It is specifically geared toward computer science applications because of its practicality in industries such as software and civil engineering, business, and information technology.

This semester STEM Up is redesigning the kit to be used in The Gambia, West Africa. It will incorporate an Intranet setup and display devices to create a low cost, portable computer lab which can adapt to the lack of stable electricity and broadband connection in the country. The kit will contain all of the materials of an introductory engineering education to inspire students to pursue new topics in their education. Preloaded materials, media, and interactive games will also be in the STEM Up kits, allowing teachers to introduce computers and their functions to students.

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