Last week STELR presented a 5-day training workshop on behalf of the South East Asia Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO). The training was held in Bandung, Indonesia, where SEAMEO’s regional centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (QITEP) in science is based. Over 40 teachers attended from nine different countries including Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand, as well as two countries out of the region, Maldives and Pakistan.
STELR staff, Peter Pentland and Pennie Stoyles presented sessions along with Dr Greg Smith from Charles Darwin University, Connie Cirkony from Deakin University and Simone Blom from Southern Cross University. Greg, Connie and Simone are education professionals who have been involved in writing for STELR over the past few years.
The sessions focused on developing conceptual understandings through representations, inquiry-based learning and hands-on activities to promote collaborative learning and working scientifically.
STELR would like to acknowledge Orica who has sponsored class sets of STELR equipment to a further four schools in Bontang, Indonesia and to thank their Orica subsidiary, PT Kaltim Nitrate, who sponsored teachers from these four new schools to attend the training.
The STELR STEM Training workshop also received grant funding from the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.