“PH STEM education needs a boost”

AFTER President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged the education sector to scale up science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the country, the global solutions provider Marshall Cavendish Education (MCE) said he supports new measures to prepare the next generation to thrive in a technology-driven world.

Deputy Chief Marketing Officer and MCE Spokesperson Catherine Loh said equipping Filipino learners with a strong STEM education will empower them to problem solve with 21st century skills that will encourage them to think creatively. and work with their peers.

She emphasized that students’ love for STEM subjects should be nurtured by designing the curriculum and available learning resources with a more engaging approach that simplifies learners’ experiences.

“STEM courses in the country are generally taught by book, lacking the creativity and real-world applications that are needed to engage students. Therefore, there is a need to revisit the current teaching method for one that would generate interest and provide a better learning experience,” Loh said.

The MCE spokesperson added that Filipino educators should also be equipped with professional development training and resources to provide their students with quality and effective STEM education.

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MCE offers a personalized series of STEM training workshops for teachers at different levels of teaching experience to help them apply STEM concepts in their classrooms. Some of them include math learning workshops with Python programming and Smart Racing Car (robotics) to deliver math and science lessons.

“It is vital that the government, the association, school leaders and educators work together to develop a long-term plan to generate interest and promote STEM education for students of all ages, including including young learners, as their minds are more impressionable at an early age. Early learning of basic STEM principles fosters a disparate way of thinking and a problem-solving approach that can be applied across disciplines for years. to come,” Loh explained.

To help the country recover from the economic consequences brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, she urged the government to strengthen STEM education in the country so that it can also develop an innovative workforce that is “motivated and led by the right talents and skills”. .”

Citing a ZipRecruiter report on “The Class of 2022: Labor Market Outlook for Graduates” which showed that a large majority of employers – at 93% – highly value the critical role of soft skills candidates or 21st century skills when it comes to their decision of who to hire, Loh reminds educators to incorporate the development of soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and perseverance, alongside their enhanced STEM education.

In an increasingly globalized world, opportunities for STEM graduates are becoming more available, and it is up to the country’s government and education system to provide them with the platform and resources to learn and grow to build a better life.

MCE will also launch the Code to Save competition in March 2023, which aims to instill and engage young children on the importance of sustainable consumption and environmental protection.

Young contestants will be immersed in real-life situations that will allow them to apply their creativity, knowledge, and concepts of computing, coding, and STEM to learning throughout the contest.

Students in grades 1-6 can register to participate, with educators having to register on their behalf.

Interested entrants can visit mceducation.com/events-promotions/code-to-save-competition to register and learn more about the contest.

Sam D. Gomez