SEAMEO QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) is intensely making efforts to improve the level of science education in Southeast Asia. One of the efforts is by undertaking capacity building of young students through participation in international forums. In 2019, SEAMEO QITEP in Science selected ten junior high school students, three teachers, and four principals from Indonesia to participate in the 3rd Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp and Teachers Workshop from 24 to 30 September 2019 in Nanning, China. The students, teachers, principals, and officials from Indonesia joining the programme are: 1) Aulia Hilmy Affandi Sitepu, student from SMPIT Siti Hajar; 2) Lanang Damar Wicaksana, student from MAN 1 Bekasi; 3) Mochammad Elvin Fitrando, student from SMPN 28 Bandung; 4) Muhammad Dihya Aby Abdi Manaf, student from Pribadi Bilingual Boarding School; 5) Muhammad Khairu, Rafif Muhammad Ransi Anargya, students from SMP Salman Al Farisi; 6) Rafy Adam Fazananda, Wardah Fatimah Mas Asih, students from SMP Darul Ulum 1 Peterongan Jombang; 7) Zulfa Mahiratu Marwa, student from SMPN 1 Margahayu; 8) Wiedia Carullina Purwanti, teacher from SMAN 8 Malang; 9) Mardiana Radjah, teacher from SD Inpres Kamalaputi; 10) Suci Meika Wardani, teacher from SMP Darul Ulum 1 Peterongan Jombang; 11) Agus Wiyoto, Principal from SMP Jawaahirul Hikmah; 12) Mashudi, Principal from SMP Darul Ulum 1 Peterongan Jombang; 13 0) Wenny Milasari, Principal from SD Widuri. During the programme, the Indonesia delegates were guided by Mr Lukman Nulhakim, Research & Development and IBSE Capacity Building Officer of SEAQIS and Dr. Indarjani, Deputy Director for Programme of SEAQIS.
The programme was held under the theme “Openness for Fusion and Innovation Development” by raising topics which closely related to 21st century learning skills, for instance Intelligent Robot, The Art of Model, The Art of Printing, Colorful Chemistry, Airplane Model, The Art of Electric, Video Making, and Creative Programming. Indonesian students worked in a group with students from other countries to create certain projects based on their group topics. They created outstanding projects and presented the projects in front of board of judges. As the result of their hard work, Indonesian students were successfully won five Best Teamwork, three Best Presentation, and two Best Maker awards. During the students’ team project, all teachers attended a Teacher Workshop on computational thinking, PBL, STEM and Project-Based course. The principals attended Workshop on Fusion on Civilizations Education Curriculum. Teachers, principals and officials attended Science Education Forum also. Professional facilitators and experts from countries across the world shared their expertise during the workshop and forum.
In the middle of the programme, Dr. Indarjani was also attended the annual meeting of Belt and Road Science Education Coordinating Committee (BRISECC) as SEAMEO QITEP in Science has become one of the committee members. The meeting was intended to discuss about BRISECC operating guideline to further formulate agendas of the committee. One of programmes initiated by BRISECC is the Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp and Teachers Workshop.
This programme has provided thousand students and hundred teachers a number of interactive workshops and forums related to STEM education which broadens their knowledge, experiences, and networking. This programme motivates teachers to develop innovative teaching and learning activities to improve students’ understanding and interest on STEM subjects and Fusion on Civilizations Education.