5 Things That Should Be Done To Improve The US Educational System, with Ms. Anike Sakariyawo and Penny Bauder

Penny Bauder
Oct 7, 2019 · 11 min read

I believe science is in everything we do. Science is an art and art is science. For example, when students create a prototype, they are making a sketch, model, to yield an actual product. This is a form of art, just like sculptures and paintings in a gallery. However, some terms and concepts of art may not align with STEM. When an art teacher educates their students, they discuss the schematics of a particular project using artistic terms. When I’ve incorporated art into an activity, it was more about creating a prototype using scientific terms.

As a part of my interview series about the things that should be done to improve the US educational system I had the pleasure to interview Ms. Anike Sakariyawo, CEO of S.E.E.K. Foundation. As an educator of 15 years, she noticed there is a lack of digital technology, engineering, and hands on learning infused in the Title 1 schools because of funding. She now strives to have kids evolve as learners in the 21st Century — and to ultimately get them career in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Sakariyawo is a science instructor, who obtained a Masters is General Science, to learn more about STEM topics — and will be enrolled in a Biotechnology Master’s Program for teachers. This process has enabled her to teach topics related to STEM. As of June 8,2018, Sakariyawo resigned from Miami Dade County Public Schools to better serve students in underfunded areas. For example, she start the first ever Robotics program at Miami Norland Senior High School in 2016. Since it became a challenge to fund the program for students to compete on a state and nationally level, she wrote a grant to (and was awarded), Best Buy for her students at Miami Norland High School to compete on a state and national level. Currently, she is pushing to change the stereotypes of scientists and would like to get more women involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In 2019, S.E.E.K. Foundation will launch an all-girls STEM summer camp that will focus on different genres in science, such as: Farming Business, Drones, STEM and Sewing, Agriculture through Hydroponics and more.

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