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Focus on STEM education, Singapore knock the doorway

    At Singapore Science and Technology Museum, group of local students are engaged in programming and programming with simple electrical components such as resistors, potentiometers, servomotors, and how to use Arduino programming.

    According to a report released recently by the ILO's Bureau of Employers' Activities, the robotics era has come to ASEAN manufacturing, and the wave of automation will eliminate many occupations, especially in labor-intensive areas. According to the survey, Southeast Asian enterprises has the growing demand for talent in STEM field, and Singapore has about 52% of students study in STEM major, significantly higher than the other ASEAN countries which has 35.8% of the average. The report also pointed out that Singapore should continue to encourage STEM-related personnel training, which is to cultivate talent for the future.

    STEM education is a new type of teaching method that integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It emphasizes students to "learn to apply" under the guidance of the project and the problem. Use multi disciplinary knowledge to solve practical problems in order to meet the challenges of the future society. Since 2014, the Singapore Ministry of Education has partnered with the Singapore Science and Technology Museum to implement STEM-related application learning programs in secondary schools to encourage students to creatively solve practical problems while promoting lifelong learning.

     Practice along with learning, and no examination, hands-on fun to STEM application learning projects gain more popularity among students. Singapore Ministry of Education told reporter, 62% of Singapore's secondary schools currently provide STEM-related application learning projects. For example, Singapore Bartley School last year launched the "perfume deployment" STEM application learning project, is currently the first school in Singapore to adopt this subject. The secondary school students can not only learn perfume deployment technology, but also personally designed and deployed to reflect their own personality perfume.

    Singapore Science and Technology Museum help schools to plan courses and teaching resources, and to promote the school with the enterprise cooperation. STEM education department has more than 60 teachers stationed in the secondary school for up to 3 years, many of them are former engineers, researchers and so on. Xie Peisan is the teacher who is responsible for teaching and writing the "perfume deployment" course. Previously, she was a researcher at the Singapore Science and Technology Research Institute engaged in chemical engineering research.

    "I hope to share their past training and work experience with the next generation and encourage them to engage in STEM-related industries, because technology is still the main driving force of the Singapore economy." Xie Peishan in an interview with reporter said that she hope, through the STEM application Learning programs, so that students can make better and more sensible choices for future studies and occupations.

     The STEM Education Department is assisting more than 60 secondary schools in Singapore to implement the STEM Applied Learning Program, as well as advising other secondary schools that launch the project on their own. As one of the five curators of the STEM education department, Chen Weifu said in an interview with reporter that the STEM application study project is divided into eight major areas, 12 themes, each course is accompanied by practical projects. For example, in order to help students understand the maritime remote operation vehicle (ROV), the course will invite an ocean research engineer to demonstrate ROV to a student and a simplified version of the marine robot. In the subsequent course, the students will build the robot follow the instruction. In Chen Youfu view, based on the project learning, students can develop the core STEM skills, exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills. "The STEM education department provides me with a platform to impart my engineering knowledge through the production of quality STEM courses, which has a positive impact on student learning." Chen said.

     "As students enter higher education, they will find that many courses offered by the Faculty of Technology, the Faculty of Technology and the University are within the scope of STEM, including engineering, information and communication technology, life sciences, etc." The Ministry of Education said, These courses will be based on students' knowledge and interest in STEM before they are exciting for their career. "


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