The pandemic has brought changes and adjustments in various aspects of life. One of them is education. The innovation developed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoERT) to continue carrying out the teaching and learning process provides enthusiasm for all education stakeholders in Indonesia to advance education during the pandemic. SEAQiM, as one of the regional centres under the MoERT continues to be committed to being a centre of professional leadership in mathematics education for teachers and education personnel within the framework of sustainability.
From September to December 2021, SEAQiM succeeded in organizing an activity entitled STEM CAMP for elementary and junior high school levels in four cities, namely Pekalongan, Puwakarta, Lombok and Bali. This series of workshops were implemented within five days and fully supported by four partner institutions, namely IAIN Pekalongan, the Education Office of Purwakarta Regency, the LPMP NTB, and the Education Office of the Badung Regency.
This activity aims to: Introduce STEM as one of the approaches that can be used in math learning, introduce theories that support STEM integration in mathematical knowledge, introduce a variety of STEM activities that can be adapted to math learning in the classroom.
Joining a five-day activity is facilitators from SEAQiM and the invited partner institutions such as UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Muhammadiyah Kudus University, Muhammadiyah University Tasikmalaya UIN Mataram, Jyvaskyla University Finland, and The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) Thailand.
Participants in the STEM CAMP are 30 elementary and junior high school teachers selected by the local education office. They have the opportunity to learn and explore STEM activities and concepts with experts. Furthermore, they have the chance to apply the knowledge they have acquired in their respective schools. Some of the topics taught in these activities are the Engineering Design process, problem-solving in STEM with 4D Frame, STEM Activity and STEM Challenge.
All participants enjoyed all the activities, especially their enthusiasm for using the math city map application and the outdoor STEM Challenge.