The Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement recently held the “STEM Education Mini-Symposium – Building a New Culture for STEM Education in Asia”. The event was attended by more than 50 participants which included UM academic staffs, students and academics from higher education sectors in Macau. Prof. NI (VRAA) opened the symposium by reminding participants the central role that good education plays at UM and that the importance of science and technology education in UM.
Prof. Carl Edwin WIEMAN, a renowned physicist in the United States and Nobel laureate in physics, delivered the first keynote talk “Taking a Scientific Approach to the Learning and Teaching of Science and Technology”, which was focused on the combination of research with information technology as a new approach to teaching and learning, which can provide the relevant and effective science and engineering education for all students in the 21st century. (Slides available: Carl_Wieman PPT)
Prof. Tai Kai NG, the executive director of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) and the Associate Dean of Science of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology then talked about how universities can help secondary and primary schools in STEM in which he used Hong Kong as example, he described an international movement of scientists in response to the rise of STEM, and how science should be taught in primary/secondary schools in the 21st century. Prof. NG also added some examples and projects done by HKUST as example for STEM education in Hong Kong. (Slides available: NG_PPT)
Prof. Xingkai LUO, director and professor of Research Institute of Science Education of Guangxi Normal University, presented several innovative examples which have been put into pilot use in schools as well as several times large scale contests and the underline principles for developing such learning activities. Prof. LUO also added some plan for future implementation of the developed instruments with details and examples. (Slides available: LUO_PPT)
Prof. Yew Jin LEE, Associate Professor of Singapore Nanyang Technological University then shared with us the increasing adoption of inquiry-based teaching in STEM in Singapore and it is argued that only an ecological approach can succeed in bringing about sustainable educational change. (Slides available: LEE_PPT)
The day ended with “Closing Panel: Insights, Reflections and What Next?”, in this informative session, participants get to ask and discuss with speakers about STEM Education in Asia. The event provided a platform for scholars and administrators from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges of STEM Education in Asia.
The program is available at https://ctle.um.edu.mo/stem and individual PPTs can be downloaded.