STEM Center Africa
Promoting STEM Education in Africa and Beyond
Denish Akuom, Founder
Denish Akuom is a doctoral student and doctoral research assistant on The Maker Project at Montclair State University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree (Mathematics and Geography) from Karatina University in Kenya and a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University. His research interests focus on responsive design, specifically exploring the preservice teachers’ knowledge development through Making. That is, how their engagement in 3-D designing and printing and subsequently using the designed manipulative to teach (practice) may support the bridging of the knowledge they construct in teacher preparation and the actual classroom practice. Moreover, previously, Denish had a 4-year experience teaching mathematics in Kenya. Denish also serves as the President of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Montclair State University chapter.
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Antonina (Toni) York
Toni is a full-time doctoral student and research assistant who started in Fall 2018. She has a B.A. in Mathematics, Physics, and Music (Composition) from Drew University and a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in German from Oregon State University. She also has an M.S. in Mathematics (Education) from Montclair State University and an M.E. in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. She spent seven years working as a civilian engineer with the US Air Force, during which she got involved in several STEM Outreach programs. She still works with USAF STEM Outreach on a summer program called Engineering Camp. Her research interests include the integration of mathematics with computer science and the study of growth mindset in both students and teachers.
Program Coordinator (Local)
Mr. Kennedy is an experienced mathematics teacher. In his work experience, he has engaged his students in a number of STEM projects.
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