Building a Maker Mindset in Orphanages with Pure Storage
168,000 children in Vietnam are orphans or have been abandoned. Many spend most of their childhood years in government facilities. Few of these children graduate with basic computing skills, greatly limiting their employment options, and even fewer go on to attend university.
Kidspire Vietnam is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support children living in orphanages to take control of their own futures. Kidspire Vietnam’s innovative program features a student-centered learning environment and a curriculum focused on social-emotional learning, creativity, critical thinking, and innovative problem-solving. Their program has drastically increased children’s engagement in learning and career readiness.
In July 2020, a team of Pure Storage volunteers will support Kidspire staff by:
- Enhancing Kidspire’s maker curriculum by focusing on a maker mindset (prototyping, tinkering, and building solutions from readily-accessible materials)
- Designing and implementing mindsetkit.org, a free set of online practices designed to help teach and foster adaptive beliefs about learning
- Kidspire Vietnam recently launched an “English Zone” and the team will work to strategically build out additional English lessons
- Supporting Kidspire in their Chromebook maintenance and transition to Linux