STELR in South East Asia

Presenters, Orica staff and teachers from Bontang.

Presenters, Orica staff and teachers from Bontang.

STELR was invited for a third time by the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) to run a workshop in Indonesia.

In early November, over 40 teachers, education officials and education academics attended the five-day STEM-STELR workshop in Bandung, West Java. The workshop was hosted by the SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Science and attracted participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Timor-Leste and Laos.

Among the participants from Indonesia were teachers from three schools in Bontang which is a town in East Kalimantan. These schools have been provided with class sets of STELR Renewable Energy equipment by Orica, who have a mining and manufacturing facility close by. As part of their commitment to local host communities, Orica also organised and sponsored the travel for six teachers to attend the training.

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The STELR modules were used as the context for participants explore the principles of STEM education, inquiry-based learning, scientific literacy and science as a human endeavour. The relevant educational and environmental contexts for Southeast Asia were incorporated into the program.

Workshops were presented by Peter Pentland, ATSE Executive Manager Education, Pennie Stoyles, STELR Program Manager, Dr Greg Smith from Charles Darwin University and Simone Lewis from Southern Cross University. Both Charles Darwin University and Southern Cross University are partners with ATSE in developing new STELR modules. Greg has been working on the ‘Carbon Dioxide – friend or foe?’ modules and Simone has been working on the ‘Water for the 21st Century’ module. Kay Lembo from Griffith University and the Queensland STEM Education Network also attended as an observer and assisted with activities.

Special thanks to Orica Global Community Manager, Natalie Bain and Orica Site Manager Bontang, Hartono Wijaya, who attended the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.

The Bandung STEM Workshop 2016 was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

STELR would also like to acknowledge the hard-working staff of the SEAMEO QITEP in Science who organised the workshop and assisted with translation of STELR resources into Indonesian.