A delegation of Russian women in STEM visited the Kalamazoo area on Monday, March 11, to explore the ways that STEM is implemented in the United States with the intent of applying those practices in their home country.
Welcomed to the area by Compassion International, a humanitarian organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world, the delegation traveled to explore the ways that STEM is implemented in the United States with the intent of implementing those practices at home.
Hosted by MiSTEM Director Jason Luke, and Deb Kolberg, Kalamazoo RESA STEM Teacher Consultant and Project Manager, the Russian representatives traveled to Portage Northern Middle School to visit Mr. Matt Swanson’s Project Lead The Way Woodshop to experience how he integrates STEM principles and woodworking techniques with design principles. The coalition later gathered at the Kalamazoo RESA Service Center for a discussion on how STEM is instructed in America and Russia.
The Russia women in STEM represented institutions such as the Legal English Center, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Federation of Graduate Women - Russia and the Moscow Aviation Institute.
“The afternoon was remarkable and it was so encouraging to see STEM seen as a globally important subject,” said Kolberg.