Training on STEM Education

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In line with the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to develop learners’ 21st Century skills, the Centre had successfully conducted the Training on STEM Education on 20-26 November 2016 at the Atlantic City Hotel, Bandung. The Centre invited the experts from the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) of Thailand to share STEM best-practices implemented in Thailand. In addition to the IPST experts, the Centre also invited lecturers from universities such as ITB and UPI as well as the former Director of the Centre, who is currently assigned as the Indonesian Education and Culture Attaché in Washington DC, to be the resource persons. Meanwhile, the participants of this training were teachers from various regions in Indonesia.

During the training, the participants learnt not only STEM-based activities but also science and technology for disaster risk reduction as it was expected that they could integrate disaster risk reduction into STEM lesson plan. Specifically, the Centre believed that the awareness and knowledge related to disasters was better taught through STEM-based activities promoting competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios, and making decisions in a collaborative way.

Moreover, at the end of the training the participants were expected to recognise the importance of STEM education to develop learners’ 21st Century skills, develop knowledge and understanding how disasters happen and how these can be prevented and minimised, experience STEM lessons and activities, design and manage STEM learning activities, and produce a STEM-based lesson plan.

Written by Amalia Dwi Utami