UNS — The Natural Sciences Education Study Program (IPA), Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP), Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta invites Visiting Professors for a visiting lecture program; entitled “STEM Integration in School.” The Visiting Professor Program was conducted virtually through the Zoom Meeting for two days, starting on Monday (15/11/2021) and Friday (19/11/2021). The Study Program invites Assoc. Prof. Dr. Linda Hobbs, a lecturer and expert in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching and Learning from the School of Education, Deakin University, Australia.
The first day of the program was attended by more than 100 participants consisting of lecturers and students of the Science Education Study Program FKIP UNS. The event started with remarks from the Head of the Science Education Study Program (Kaprodi) FKIP UNS, Dr. paed. Nurma Yunita Indriyanti, M.Sc., M.Sc. Following the welcome remark was the opening speech from the Vice-Dean for Academic, Research, and Student Affairs FKIP UNS, Prof. Dr. Slamet Subiyantoro, M.Sc., which at the same time opened the event symbolically.
Starting her presentation, Dr. Hobbs delivers material covering STEM in Australia, Why STEM? Framing STEM (What is It?), Approaches to STEM in Schools, STEM Teaching and Learning, Doing STEM, and What Have We Learned So Far about How to Implement STEM Well? Next, Dr. Hobbs also provides activities for students to apply STEM in groups, to design a nature-inspired technology.
On the second day, Dr. Hobbs continued her material on STEM implementation in Indonesia – how does it compare to Australia? Planning for STEM Learning and Assessment, Looking for Construction of New Practices and Beliefs, Key Pillars for Successful and Sustainable, STEM Programs in Schools, and Final Messages about Making STEM Education Work. After the material presentation, the event continued with a question and answer session. Some of the attending lecturers and students are interested in discussing with Dr. Hobbs about STEM and its application in schools. The event led by Bayu Antrakusuma, M.Pd., as moderator, went smoothly to the end of the event.
This Visiting Professor Program is expected to strengthen the Science Education Study Program FKIP UNS academic members’ knowledge of STEM. As a Lecturer of the Science Education Study Program, Bayu hopes that this activity can prepare FKIP students, as prospective teachers, to implement STEM in their schools.
“Hopefully, this activity will help FKIP students as prospective teachers to get ready to implement STEM in their future schools,” Bayu wishes. Humas UNS
Reporter: Zalfaa Azalia Pursita
Editor: Dwi Hastuti