Expanding Opportunities in Vietnam with Pure Storage
168,000 children in Vietnam are orphans or abandoned. Many spend most of their childhood years in government facilities. Few students graduate with basic computing skills, greatly limiting their employment options, and even fewer attend university.
Kidspire Vietnam is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children living in orphanages build skills for productive employment after they leave the orphanages when they turn 18. Kidspire Vietnam’s innovative program features a student-centered learning environment and a curriculum focused on coding, circuitry, and robotics. Their program has drastically increased the children’s engagement and interest in learning and career readiness.
For August 2019, a team of employee volunteers from Pure Storage will collaborate with Kidspire Vietnam’s staff to support their existing leadership academy, LeadVN, for their older students and graduates. The Pure Storage Team4Tech team will:
- Expand the Lead VN Project: Support LeadVN participants to view and frame their story from a more positive perspective. Additionally, the team will provide mock interview sessions for LeadVN participants to practice pitching their personal stories and lifelong skills.
- Pilot & Test a Project-Based Learning Rubric: Support the Kidspire curriculum team to pilot Kidspire Vietnam’s critical thinking & project-based learning rubric. Kidspire Vietnam will be using this rubric alongside their digital portfolios and documentation plan in the new 2019 school year.
- Animate Storytelling Projects: Animate Kidspire Vietnam’s student storytelling projects (converting Google Slides to online animation software).
- Applying Design Thinking to Maker Activities: Encourage students to utilize Design Thinking in their projects to focus more on societal improvements and sustainability.
- Incorporate additional science activities: Develop science activities to integrate into their existing curriculum.