Today’s youth need skills in STEM, innovation, and collaboration across cultures. The World Smarts STEM Challenge (WSSC) is a virtual exchange program that supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the United States and Ghana. 8th-12th grade students in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia and secondary school students from across Ghana come together virtually to solve global issues in their communities with STEM solutions.
The program improves STEM skills, strengthens cross-cultural communication, and develops global competence while enhancing students’ enthusiasm and commitment to STEM learning and careers. IREX will partner with North Carolina State University to research how global competence and virtual exchange can expand access to STEM education.