SEAQiM Brought “Kampung STEM” to Tsukuba

Yogyakarta – Representing SEAQiM, Dr Wahyudi participated in the back to back APEC-Tsukuba International Conference XIII and SEAMEO-TSUKUBA Symposium VII. The APEC-Tsukuba International Conference XIII was conducted from 7 to 9 February, followed by the SEAMEO-TSUKUBA Symposium VII on February 10. University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Campus, Japan, was the venue for the both events.

The APEC-Tsukuba International Conference XIII aimed to share issues for the curriculum reform. The session had three main components namely open lecture, closed meeting, and open classes on lesson study on computational and mathematical thinking.

During the SEAMEO-TSUKUBA Symposium VII, Dr Wahyudi presented SEAQiM’s most recent flagship programme on STEM entitled “STEM Village: Promoting and Spreading Awareness about STEM to Families and Society.”

“One factor pivotal in the development of students’ attitudes toward STEM subjects is parental involvement”, he said. “That was one of the reasons why our Centre initiated out-of school time programme known as “Kampung STEM Joho” or “Joho STEM Village”, Dr Wahyudi added. His presentation generated much interest from the symposium members.

Not less interesting, before talking about “Kampung STEM Joho”, Dr Wahyudi had invited the participants’ attention by having a mathematical game called MathMagic. This short session worked, helping them to reinforce the topic of his session.

At the end of the symposium, Prof Masami Isoda from the University of Tsukuba and Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela as the Deputy Director for Program and Development of SEAMEO Secretariat, respectively delivered synthesis and closing message.

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