Bandung – In order to improve staff’s competency in understanding the implementation of STEM Learning in schools, SEAMEO QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) held a training entitled Training on Transforming STEM Education Through Modelling Instruction.
This training was carried out for 4 days, Monday – Thursday, 13-16 May 2019 at PPPTK IPA Bandung Chemistry Laboratory with speakers Mr William Thornburg, PhD, Executive Officer of the American Modelling Teachers Association (AMTA) and attended by 20 participants consisting of SEAQIS academic staff, Teacher Trainer of PPPPTK IPA Bandung, Teacher Trainer of West Java Province Education Office, and Padang State University Lecturer.
The training was officially opened by SEAQIS Director Dr Indrawati on Monday, May 13, 2019, followed by the orientation presentation of the training by Mr Arif Hidayat, PhD, SEAQIS Expert Team who was also the assistant of the speaker in this training.
In this training, the participants received materials about how to teach science, especially for characteristics of substances, Gas Law, and energy through images, graphics, and particle diagrams modelling. There are many practical activities and demonstrations followed by whiteboard activities to model how the particles are based on observations in the practicum/demonstration that has been carried out. After that, the participants presented the results of modelling the particles and discussed it.
The participants were very enthusiastic in participating this training because through modelling learning, something abstract such as particle matter can be visualized through images so that students will more easily understand the characteristics and phenomena experienced by the particles of these substances. Through modelling learning, it will also help students in designing when implementing the Engineering Design Process in STEM learning.
On the last day, Thursday, May 16, 2019, a question and answer session was held between the speakers and participants to discuss what was not understood and what they wanted to know about modelling learning and STEM. After that, the closing and submission of certificates were held to the presenters and all participants.