As 2023 approaches its final day, the prevalence of infoglut looms large, driven by the ubiquity of social media and digitization. Despite the numerous merits associated with this digital age, including digital transformation, digitalization, automation, and AI, discerning valuable information amid the myriad presented on our screens has become increasingly challenging. In 2023, SEAMEO STEM-ED has woven a tapestry of domestic, regional, and global partnerships, creating a stronger movement to elevate Southeast Asian STEM education. In this post, the Centre spares our audience from information flux by orchestrating our top stories for easy digestion. Below are our selected highlights as a wrap for our year in review.
On March 10, 2023, SEAMEO STEM-ED, Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd., and the Ministry of Education (MOE) orchestrated a landmark event, the "STEM Fair and Expo 2023," elevating Southeast Asian STEM education to global standards. The collective belief in the boundless potential of youth, anchored in STEM education, unites these allies. Driven by a commitment to discovery, the three agencies contributed resources, expertise, and time to ensure Southeast Asian talents flourish in the coming decade.
Here, SEAMEO STEM-ED Director, Dr. Kritsachai Somsaman, underscored the center's mission to unify educational institutions for impactful policy-level change.
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At the closing ceremony of the "STEM Fair and Expo 2023" on March 10, 2023, thirty Southeast Asian teams received a prestigious $300 prize, accompanied by an overwhelming sense of pride captured through the lens of policymakers. The collaborative event, orchestrated by SEAMEO STEM-ED, Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd., and the Ministry of Education (MOE), drew 400 participants, including government agencies, policymakers, educators, and students.
The STEM Project Showcase, a culmination of the STEM Project Competition, featured over 300 projects from Southeast Asian teams. Thirty winners were carefully chosen to present their innovative solutions in three main areas: addressing challenges in everyday life, industries, and the community & school.
The dedication of SEAMEO STEM-ED, Chevron, and MOE, coupled with the remarkable efforts of Southeast Asian students, showcased the region's commitment to advancing STEM education and finding innovative solutions to real-world challenges. The awards ceremony was a moment of pride and achievement for the youth, witnessed by SEAMEO STEM-ED Director Dr. Kritsachai Somsaman, Chevron President Chatit Huayhongtong, and MOE Deputy Minister H.E. Dr. Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich.
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On June 28, 2023, SEAMEO STEM-ED concluded its virtual workshop, the "3rd Policy Forum on STEM Education." The series aimed to unite Southeast Asian policymakers, researchers, scholars, and organizations to craft effective STEM policies and exchange practices. Datuk Dr. Habibah Abdul Rahim, SEAMES Director, emphasized STEM education's significance in steering Southeast Asia toward economic growth. SEAMEO STEM-ED Director, Dr. Kritsachai Somsaman, highlighted STEM's necessity for shaping the future workforce through effective communication and innovative strategies.
The forum featured a panel discussion with insights from Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, stressing the interdisciplinary and adaptable nature of STEM education. As the event closed, Dr. Somsaman outlined key points for the future, emphasizing the evolving definition of STEM, data collection, industry involvement, and the importance of STEM adaptation in regional collaboration.
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In the era of artificial intelligence, SEAMEO STEM-ED Director, Dr. Krtisachai Somsaman, shares a compelling narrative on navigating AI in education. In his enlightening story, Dr. Somsaman unveils three pivotal principles for policymakers and educators, emphasizing effective AI utilization, critical skepticism, and comprehensive understanding. Delve into the future of education through the lens of AI, exploring transformative perspectives and tailored task enhancements. Read the full story for an insightful journey into embracing the challenges posed by AI in education.
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A transformative week of "Strengthening Teacher Education Program (STEP)" training and forum concluded with a shared commitment to elevate Southeast Asian education standards. Facilitated by SEAMEO STEM-ED and international partners, the program, solidified through a Memorandum of Understanding, targets the urgent need for enhanced teacher capabilities in the face of educational challenges. With a focus on pre-service and in-service teachers, STEP aims to revolutionize Southeast Asian education by addressing deficiencies in teacher practices and fostering a new wave of skilled educators. Read more about the program's innovative approach and its potential impact on the region's educational landscape.
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SEAMEO STEM-ED, amidst the ongoing education discourse, champions innovative initiatives such as the "Using Picture Books to Enhance Critical Reading" program. Valuable perspectives from a young learner named "DJ" underscore the importance of fostering optimal learning conditions rather than imposing predetermined pathways. Resonating with the timeless wisdom of Sir Ken Robinson, we are reminded that education is not about offering fixed answers but equipping individuals with the necessary tools for exploration. This calls for a continuous commitment to reflection in nurturing self-discovery among the upcoming generation.
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From May 1 to May 3, 2023, SEAMEO STEM-ED Director, Dr. Kritsachai Somsaman, shared valuable insights with Master’s and PhD students on leveraging "communication research" for impactful messaging at Phusakthan Resort, Nakhon Nayok. Communication research delves into systematic procedures to uncover compelling answers to specific questions, identifying patterns in communication behavior. Dr. Somsaman, an expert in communication, emphasized employing innovative strategies to make research more impactful in today's technology-driven world. SEAMEO STEM-ED Research and Evaluation Manager, Asst Prof Yaowalak Jittakoat, discussed collaborative opportunities for university students and institutions to pioneer education through research. The event drew 34 students from Khon Kaen University and faculty members from Srinakharinwirot University and Chulalongkorn University.
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SEAMEO STEM-ED's "STEM Career Academies Showcase" celebrates three years of success, impacting over 1,000 beneficiaries. The Academies, focusing on information technology, healthcare, agriculture, STEM teaching, and culinary arts, presented collaborative programs at the "STEM Fair and Expo 2023." Notable collaborations include Edu Park's STEM Chef Academy and SEAMEO SEARCA's initiatives in agricultural technology. IBM's "SkillsBuild" aims to skill 30 million globally by 2023, emphasizing accessibility for underrepresented communities. iEd Hong Kong underscores the importance of Career Education, while NCAC USA President, Dr. Jay Steele, advocates for transforming schools into career academies, fostering student-centered environments.
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SEAMEO STEM-ED, in collaboration with global partners, nears completion of the guidebook, "Using Coloring Book to Enhance Unplugged Computational Thinking," addressing the rise of AI. This initiative fosters cognitive development, emphasizing computational thinking's role in adaptive thinking. Through workshops and collaboration, the guidebook aims to inspire educators and students. The official launch is set for February 27th, 2024, at the 12th SEAMEO-University of Tsukuba Symposium in Tokyo, Japan. Prepare for the unveiling of this transformative guide shaping the future of education.
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On August 22, 2023, SEAMEO Centres converged at Los Baños, Philippines, to pioneer a Knowledge Management (KM) framework. Designed to enhance strategic coordination, the refined KM concept aligns with SEAMEO's goals.
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