In 2013, Vernier donated temperature probes and motion detectors to the Karibu Centre, a preschool and after-school program in Thika, Kenya, operated by Orphans Overseas, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon.
With support from an Intel volunteer team, the Karibu Centre launched its STEM after-school program, which serves 120 boys and girls from a nearby primary school. Intel created more than 30 interactive lesson plans around the themes of conservation, environmental science, biology, and mathematics. Many of these lesson plans incorporate Vernier probes, which enhance the students’ ability to engage in active, inquiry-based learning. The Intel team provided extensive teacher training over a two-week period, including working with the teachers to enable them to create their own lesson plans using the Intel® classmate PCs and probes.
Access to education technology, such as PCs and probeware, is almost unheard of in Kenya, even at private international schools in the capital. Orphans Overseas, with support from Vernier and Intel, is giving opportunities to some of the most vulnerable children in Kenya so that they may gain 21st century skills and go further in their formal education.