Experimento in Kenya

Collaborative discovery is a real chance

How does a lung work? Understanding scientific interrelationships does not require expensive models.
Amplifying sound: In workshops, teachers learn how using simple materials can make a big impact.
Inquiry-based learning: Students at Dagoretti Primary School in Nairobi build an electrical circuit in physics class.
A can, a solar panel, a switch, and some wires: Trainer Dieter Arnold explains how easy it is to make a flashlight.
By using inquiry-based learning, school-aged children are encouraged to learn and experiment on their own.
How does our solar system work? Students at the Kimathi Primary School in Nairobi work together on their lessons.
Experimento teachers meet regularly to exchange their own original ideas and teaching materials.
  • Experimento implemented in 2014
  • Deployed in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi
  • Program coordination and expansion by the NGO Impacting Youth Trust
  • Collaboration with public education authorities to integrate Experimento content into teacher training
  • Focus on public primary schools to create a basis for secondary education and training
  • Significant improvement to science education at schools using Experimento
  • Training for around 110 educators
  • Around 16,000* children reached

*  The number assumes that every instructed kindergarten or elementary school teacher shares the knowledge 5 times with one group or class, and a subject teacher shares it 5 times with two classes.

»Classes with 100 students are not uncommon in Kenya. Collaborative discovery is a real chance to reach them all.«

In 2017, we asked around 100 school directors and teachers about their experiences with Experimento in the classroom. Both groups responded that the biggest benefit of Experimento is its focus on the students. The realistic experiments bring together theoretical and practical knowledge, which improves the students’ ability to observe and learn. Performance in science subjects has seen a significant increase. Experimento improves teamwork, even when the large number of students per class represents a challenge. Teachers also appreciate the built-in preference for using locally-available materials to supplement lessons. Even the Kenyan Ministry of Education has praised Experimento, recommending that the program be implemented in other parts of the country.

Would you like to support Experimento in Kenya? Siemens Stiftung offers several possibilities for companies and NGOs interested in contributing to education in Kenya.

Project manager Experimento Kenya

Rebecca Ottmann

+49 174 155 94 83

Founder and executive director Impacting Youth Trust

Nyokabi Njuguna

+2 54 7 26 61 40 21

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