Yogyakarta – SEAQiM successfully conducted its first Regular Course on STEM for Mathematics Learning which specifically targeted primary school teachers in SEAMEO Member Countries. Participated by a total of 43 primary school teachers originated in Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, the event was carried out virtually from 9 to 27 October 2020.
Dr Sumardyono, SEAQiM Director, on his opening speech, mentioned that the topic of STEM for Mathematics Learning had been initiated last year to meet the needs of teachers in the region. More importantly, he hoped that the virtual conduct did not weaken the participants’ enthusiasm and active participation. Over the three-week period, the participants gained some knowledge and skills related to teaching STEM from SEAQiM Specialists as well as external facilitators, such as Dr Ariyadi Wijaya (Yogyakarta State University), Dr Inggriani Liem (Bogor Institute of Technology), Prof. Zsolt Lavicsza (Johannes Keppler University), and Matt Johnson (STEM Centre Southern Illinois University Edwardsville). The participants did not only learn about STEM for primary school students but also engage in some intriguing hands-on activities guided by the facilitators.
At the end of the programme, Dr Susetyo Widiasmoro, Deputy Director for Administration of SEAQiM, announced the 3 best academic participants. The first best academic participant went to Ms Fita Sukiyani from SDN 1, while Ms Anindhyta Putri Pradipta from SD Lab School UNNES Semarang and Mrs Cherry Rose E Santamaria from Binan Elementary School Philippines ranked second and third respectively.