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Constructing Kenya - a US / Kenya university collaboration

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Nearly two years ago I shared how mobile technology was bringing rural schools in Kenya into the 21st century. Masinde Muliro University brought mobile workstations, loaded with science simulations, to a remote two room rural high school that had no electricity and no internet. It created a learning experience that was not possible before – a proxy for laboratory science in a school with no laboratories.



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The impact was profound, paving the way for some students to continue their education at the University level. The project also resulted in additional funding that added 5 more rooms to the tiny rural secondary school.


Thankfully, the story didn’t end there. With an HP Catalyst Leadership Fund grant, architecture and construction management students from the University of Washington (USA) collaborated with students from Masinde Muliro University on a life-changing experience of their own. Working together, they designed a laboratory building tailor-made for Kenya.













Congratulations to all the students and faculty from the University of Washington and Masinde Muliro University…










Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Global Education Program Manager
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  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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