TECHNOLOGY:The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative Pornpun Waitayangkoon, PhD. IPST, Thailand What is STEM Education? STEM Education: integrates science, engineering, technology and mathematics focus on the application of knowledge to real-life problem solving development of new products or procedures benefiting daily living and livelihood. Vision and Objectives Vision: To drive STEM Education in Thailand with a view to enhancing the competitiveness of the human resources in Science, Mathematics and Technology in the international arena. Vision and Objectives Mission: To create public awareness of the importance of STEM Education. To promote and develop STEM education networks at national and international levels. To promote cooperation among the public sector, the private sector and the communities in supporting the local STEM education efforts. To recognize STEM talents by their induction into the STEM Hall of Fame or appointment as STEM Ambassadors. To promote and develop database systems, learning resources, and learning media on digital platforms (iSTEM). Strategies School and national assessment aligning with STEM education principles and objectives. Classroom and external STEM activities encouraging analytical thinking and real-life problem solving. Teachers professional development with professional guidance by STEM Ambassadors. Inclusiveness of all sectors in STEM education. STEM-Net Thailand STEM Ambassador STEM Hall of Fame National STEM Center (NSEC) iSTEM: Resources Centers Regional STEM Education Center (RSEC) 1. Chiang Mai 3. Udorn Thani 2. Phitsanulok 4. Khon Khan 5. Nakorn Ratchasima 6. Ubon Ratchathani 8. Nonthaburi 9.Nakorn Pratom 7. Chonburi 10. Bangkok 11. Nakorn Sri Thammarat 12. Songkhla 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Regional STEM Center Regions STEM Provinces Upper North Chiang Mai Lower North Pitsanulok Upper North-East 1 Udorn Thani Upper North-East 2 Khon Khan Lower North-East 1 Nakorn Ratchasima Lower North-East 2 Ubon Ratchathani East Chonburi Upper Central Nonthaburi Nakorn Pratom Lower Central Bangkok Bangkok Upper South Nakorn Sri Thammarat Lower South Song Khla Chiang Mai 1 Upper North RSEC Chiang Mai Yupparat Wittayalai (Secondary School) Provinces Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Sorn, Chiang Rai, Lumpoon, Lumpang, Payao, Prae, Nan Education System in Thailand Compulsory education:- Grade 1-9 Elementary: G1-G6 Secondary: G7-G9 Post Compulsory education Prepare for University: G10 – G12 Prepare for career: Vocational school Types of K-12 Schools Elementary School : K, G1-G6 (Kindergarten, Pratom 1-6) Extended Elementary School : K, G1-G9 (Kindergarten , Pratom 1-6, Mattayom 1-3) Secondary School : G7-G12 (Mattayom 1-6) STEM-Net Model Regional STEM Center 11 Regional STEM Center 12 Elementary School 1 Regional STEM Center 1 Regional STEM Center 2 Regional STEM Center 10 Regional STEM Center 9 Regional STEM Center 7 Regional STEM Center 6 Extended Elementary School 1 Regional STEM Center 3 IPST Regional STEM Center 8 Elementary School 2 Regional STEM Center 5 Extended Elementary School 2 Regional STEM Center 4 Secondary School 1 Secondary School 2 Supports • Grant • Strategic Plan • Professional Development • STEM activities and materials (formal and informal education) IPST (NSC) iSTEM Regional Advisory Board Elementary School 1 Elementary School 2 Extended Elementary School 1 Regional STEM Center 1 Chiang Mai Extended Elementary School 2 STEM Ambassador Core Trainers Secondary School 1 Local Trainers Secondary School 2 Teacher Professional Development IPST Staffs IPST (NSC) Develops University Professors Core Trainers Develop • District supervisors • University professors • Experiences teachers • DPST teachers Local Trainers Support Evaluates Regional STEM Center 1 Chiang Mai STEM Ambassadors • STEM Professional • Scholars in the area • Dept. of Skill Development, Ministry of Labour • Ministry of Energy • Business sector, etc. IPST (NSC) Identifies develops STEM Ambassadors Identifies/ evaluates Evaluates • Seminar class • Summer internship • Summer institution Regional STEM Center 1 Chiang Mai Impacts Learners attain higher science, mathematics and technology learning achievement and are able to identify their future career opportunities. Teachers at all grade levels not only possess the informed view of STEM education, but also develop and teach integrative STEM lesson effectively. Thailand will have STEM workforce that can raise the country’s economy status.