STEM Movement 2017
“Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.” - Dr. Steve Maraboli, best-selling author and behavioral scientist.
That’s the message behind the STEM Movement Event: Nurturing Interest in Science Through Game Based Learning last Saturday:
Action takers in the form of professors, teachers, headmasters, undergraduates and parents who are already carefully cultivating their students’ interest in science.
The event was organized by Ace Ed-Venture and was held at Dwi Emas International School.
The event kicked off with a performance from the Ace Ed-Venture Dance Crew (AEVDC).
The audience was delighted with an impressive performance the students created to demonstrate how they use dancing to remember the chemical elements and their properties.
Dato’ Prof. Dr. Noraini Idris gave a passionate opening speech about the importance of nurturing an interest in Science again among Malaysian students.
She even shared up-close-and-personal footage of her visit to Japanese schools. It showed how Japanese educators are nurturing an interest in science by allowing children’s natural curiosity to surface.
Up next was a sister act, Anne Tham, founder and Group CEO of Ace Ed-Venture teamed up with Melinda Lim, Director of Schools and Head Education Advisor of ChemCaper.
It was an inspiring talk on why create ChemCaper to solve the problem of students getting detached from learning science.
ChemCaper was designed to incorporate the ‘dreaded’ basic chemistry topics from the Year 7 and Year 10 syllabus into a world of fun and exploration for students.
It was really fun to have 3-7 year olds glued to the game learning to draw fractionating columns, centrifuges and beakers, and conducting complex experiments like fractional distillation.
The day ended with an exciting dialogue with the participants about action steps to move forward. After all, Steve Maraboli said it right, while it is important to have an intention, it is even more important to act on it. Here’s to the Malaysian STEM movement!
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