STEM Learning Technical Guidance in the 2013 Curriculum has reached the final stage. Directorate of Junior High School Development (Dirjen PSMP) Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia held the Technical Guidance at Dalton Hotel Makassar, 25-29 September 2018 for stage 3 and Hariston Hotel Jakarta, 1-5 October 2018 for stage 4.
The participants were 240 teachers from the reference schools in Sumatra, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua. They were divided into eight classes consisting of two science classes and two mathematics classes in stage 3, as well as two science classes and two math classes in stage 4.
The SEAQIS academic team was assigned to be the facilitator in the technical guidance. The phase 3 was facilitated by Ms. Tati Setiawati, Mrs. Lidya Sinulingga, Mr. Septian Karyana and Mr. Dian Purnama, while stage 4 was facilitated by Ms. Elly Herliani, Mr. Yudi Yanuar, Mr. Heri Setiadi, and Ms. Lintang Ratri Prastika.
This Technical Guidance was officially opened by a representative of the Director of Junior High School Development Office, followed by a plenary session from the Director of SEAQIS Dr. Indrawati and Director of SEAQIM Dr. Wahyudi, then continued with the Lesson Study for Learning Community by Prof. Dr. Ratu Ilma Indra Putri, M.Sc. Professor of Mathematics from Sriwijaya University Palembang. After that, the participants received material from the facilitator in their respective classes.
Lasting for 5 days from 07.30 until 22.15, the participants received material related to the characteristics of STEM learning, STEM analysis in the 2013 curriculum, learning models with the STEM approach, and compiling the STEM-based lesson plan. During the Technical Guidance process the participants also carried out various STEM activities such as making bungee jumping models and making energy efficient home miniature and electrical installations.
The Technical Guidance activities ended with post-test and preparation of follow-up plans, then was closed officially by Mrs. Sulastri Head of Learning Section of the Director General of PSMP.
Through this Technical Guidance, it is expected that teachers have additional information about learning that can train 21st century students’ skills and can apply it in the real teaching in school. By having 21st century skills, students in Indonesia can compete globally in the world of work in the future.