STEM & PBL
I have recently returned from presenting Living Faith’s project-based learning approach to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Education at EduTECH Asia, Singapore. This conference has over 5,000 attendees from around the world and has a clear focus on STEM education. This year the conference focussed on the integration of technology, innovative assessment techniques and the explicit teaching of skills such as problem solving and creativity. Singapore, in particular, is working hard to transition from a country that has been focussed on testing to one that is focussing on the 21st-century skills that will enable its young people to participate actively in a global economy that will require skills such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence and collaboration. I hosted a series of workshops on how to implement project-based learning in the STEM subjects. It was wonderful to connect with teachers, curriculum leaders and principals from schools in Myanmar, Singapore, Oman, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Most of the educators I worked with were already implementing PBL within their schools. We had a great conversation around the importance of STEM being an interdisciplinary approach, linking Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths literacy with authentic contexts - and how it's not just about technology and robots. We also had a robust conversation about the differences and similarities of STEM and PBL and how they complement each other well when engaging in deep learning.
- Rebecca McConnell, Director of Learning and Innovation