We offer a creative problem-solving course that is taught to secondary school students in computer labs.
Lumen's standard curriculum challenges students to think about gender issues in their community, specifically in the field of financial access. Students learn to frame and work through the issue using a 6-step problem solving process.
Students learn more about the problem they face by collecting gender dis-aggregated household data through our mobile SMS survey platform.
- Students: Students receive SMS shortcodes that allow them to access specific mobile phone surveys, which they use to interview their head of household.
- Teachers: Teachers have access to a mobile app that allows them to view anonymous and aggregate class data collected by the students. They use this data to guide students through creating data-driven solutions that reflect the realities of their community.
- Lumen: Lumen's backend system allows us to create and push surveys to students. Individualized SMS data is stored in our servers.
Post-collection, students analyze data and create solutions to develop not only digital literacy but also critical thinking skills.
Aggregate and anonymous metrics from the surveys are provided to the students as a class data set. Students work with this data on computers to develop both problem solving and digital literacy skills. For example, our curriculum takes students through:
- Organizing and analyzing the data in spreadsheets
- Writing a word report on their research process and the steps they took to problem solve.
- Building a presentation to pitch their findings and proposed solution.
By teaching students computer skills as they relate to a project, students not only gain the skills in question, but also an understanding of how they can be usefully applied.