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Si Sa Ket school gets results with STEM teaching approach
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:25:45 AM »
Si Sa Ket school gets results with STEM teaching approach

Children are taught using an experimental new educational approach at a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centre in the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket.

A Si Sa Ket school, which has been doubling as a STEM education centre since 2011, has been delivering impressive results.
The STEM centre, which integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in teaching activities, was set up at Sadhum School with support from the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST).

Since then, the school has been applying STEM teaching techniques in primary school. Under the STEM teaching standard, a simple mathematics class can turn into a project in which children are thought to calculate weight, count coins and compare different types of materials. The youngsters are also given challenges such as creating a tool from available materials that will help keep a toy afloat in water - a lesson that aims to hone children's problem-solving skills.

"We asked IPST to help train our staff after realising that the IPST teaching approach delivered tangible results," Manit Sittisorn, an adviser for the Office of the Educational Service Area 4 in Si Sa Ket, said.

Manit said he had worked closely with IPST in 2009 to develop the curriculum and evaluation method for primary students. "There has been a significant development in children since we adopted the IPST techniques," he said, adding that his team was inspired to promote the approach further.

"Since we hope more teachers would acquire such skills, we decided to turn Sadhum School into a STEM centre for primary students," he said.

Once the plan was unveiled, various stakeholders, such as parents, local communities and local administrative bodies, stepped in to help.

"We have Bt1.5 million for the centre's construction," Samrong Bampen, municipal clerk for tambon Pho Krasag, said.

The STEM centre now provides training to teachers from different schools.

"I am confident that young children can engage in scientific experiments too," teacher Kanchana Photisarn said.

The Nation

I hope the good results aren't mainly due to the kids having been told to be active instead of being told to be passive, to sit still and listen to the teachers. :-[