I am trying to open a makerspace here in Siem Reap, where tools and equipment are provided for makers, who create things. I would like to introduce one of my subprojects at the makerspace, STEM education program with BBC micro:bit for kids ages 6 through 12. I would like to give a talk about the project to parents in Siem Reap.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It typically refers to curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology.
BBC micro:bit is an educational electronic device, developed by BBC, for STEM education. Since its release in 2015, the device has been widely used in UK thanks to BBC who distributed the devices for free to a million of pupils in UK.
Britons, Singaporean, and other European citizens probably know STEM and micro:bit well as pupils in the countries are already using micro:bit in schools. People from other countries might need a bit of explanation because the idea and the concept sound new. I would like to explain why your kids need STEM, and what STEM aims at, and – if you like the idea – how you can help the project.
If you are curious about STEM and the project, here is a very introductory post I wrote sometime ago.
The talk will focus on the concept of STEM, problems your kids will face, and what pupils will learn in STEM education programs. If you know STEM well, the topics might sound too familiar, but I will explain the problems from different point of view, specifically, as an IT engineer. Hope you will find it fun.
If you think kids deserve a better, modern educational program, have difficulties in the current situation around kids, or need something to throw at your kids to play with, please come and join to the talk. Teachers, professional educators, and those who know someone in education, are very welcome, too.
|Date and time||2020-09-10, Thu, 17:00|
|Duration||An hour (and extra time for QAs and discussion over a pint of beer)|
|Place||Bakong Restaurant & Cafe, near Platinum Cineplex (Map - Tripadvisor page)|
|Fee||no entrance fee, but please kindly order a drink or a food|