BANGKOK (NNT) – The Ministry of Education, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), and members of the private sector like Chevron Thailand along with SEAMEO Regional Center for STEM Education have agreed to raise “STEM Education” to policy level and expand knowledge at the ASEAN level.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the development of “STEM Education” is an extension of the success of the Chevron Enjoy Science project, organized as a Public – Private Partnership venture between 2015-2022. The move is aimed at driving “STEM education” to attain national policy level, by promoting and providing advice on learning both in the classroom and outside the classroom, as well as undertaking research to develop an educational policy and practice guidelines by working in three areas: building cooperation with government agencies and networks on development of “STEM Education” learning management by enhancing the potential of teachers and educational personnel; developing learning materials and organizing an academic forum, and promoting research and development of “STEM” learning materials that are suitable in the context of the country, to help reduce educational disparity and serve as a model for solving educational problems in ASEAN.
“STEM Education” is an organizational approach that brings together knowledge in the areas of science, engineering, technology and mathematics. It focuses on applying such knowledge to solving problems, rather than memorizing theories or scientific and mathematic laws. It creates understanding through practice and development of thinking skills, while asking questions, solving problems, looking for information and analyzing new discoveries that are able to be applied in daily life.