28th July 2015, Dewan Taklimat Serdang, Universiti Putra Malaysia
The aspiration to get youths to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has never been bigger, the world over. It is important that stakeholders work together to understand and handling the global issues around STEM. Enough research has been done and there have been numerous pilot projects and activities. The discussion is no more about when or why we ought to do this. We require more knowledgeable scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians and we need them now, for our economies to develop as we move through the third millennium.
Bringing STEM to Life 2015 was held as a platform for knowledge exchange and sharing, and gathering researchers from academic institutions in science and mathematics. This conference focused on research and ideas in teaching and learning STEM fields. The seminar presented the progress made by various esteemed organisations towards the 60:40 goal.
Looking into the future, Rushdi Abdul Rahim, Director of myForesight®, talked about “Future Demands in STEM” – a bit of reality check on the current status of the STEM value chain (i.e. from school up to industry). He also highlighted ongoing initiatives under the Science to Action (S2A) agenda.
Other initiatives presented included the Children’s Engineering Teaching Module by the Faculty of Education (University of Malaya), UPM-STEM (UPM), Kuala Lumpur Engineering and Science Fair (UTAR). There was also an experience sharing session by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.