STEM is No. 5 for the Education Agenda according to IBE-UNESCO

Hello, guys!

Today is a very great day! First, my conference paper has been published in the Knowledge E publisher in relation to the International Conference on Southeast ASEAN studies. Here is the link: https://knepublishing.com/index.php/Kne-Social/article/view/2335/5164

You can read and learn about STEM applications in food, especially for ASEAN food marketing. Do you ever convey that the STEM movement could gather with industry sectors? Of course, starting today, you have to realise that it is possible!

The second point I want to mention, is that when I scrolled my Twitter feeds, I found IBE-UNESCO’s update about the Education 2030 agenda. This is the happiest thing for me and you too! Kindly check this out: inprogressreflections.ibe-unesco.org/15-clues-to-support-the-education-2030-agenda/

From the reflections, STEM is no.5 of the clues for the Education 2030 Agenda to foster sustainable development. I am feeling energised because STEM has a strong power to enhance education in the future. For instance, the STEM Discovery Week 2018 has become the meaningful agenda for applying sustainable education because STEM people could engage together and share their perspectives. That’s also the point of the clues’ implementation.

Therefore, I hope I can survive and strengthen my journey as a STEM teacher in Indonesia and widen my networking to create STEM Indonesia Ambassadors.

High-five for all the STEM people! Let’s collaborate without borders.

Science and diplomacy

I am one of the big fans of science and diplomacy and I am glad to know this science diplomacy forum at sciencediplomacy.org. My education background was pure as a physician, then I decided to become a science teacher for the Cambridge Assessment International Curriculum at Sophos School Indonesia, Bumi Serpong Damai, South Tangerang, Indonesia. Meanwhile, I have been  strengthening my diplomacy skills when I was a undergraduate student, taking an active role as a leader for the Science Faculty Birthday, Vice President of Social Movements, Vice Ministry of Research Department at University of Gadjah Mada Social Movements, and General Coordinator for Education Volunteer Movements, Kelas Inspirasi Yogyakarta, Indonesia Mengajar. I believe those supporting activities will lighten my dream in the future, that is communicating science for Indonesians.

Before I had a vision like that, I always kept being active by joining Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) forums in the UK. I have learned so many things about science that contains science experiments, science theory, science education, teacher bonding with students and creating STEM clubs in our country. Based on my experiences there, the committee has conducted the forum well, because I am inspired how to become a teacher by using online seminars and workshops. They are also active on Twitter to provide more information about science.

In my opinion, STEM in the UK could become our role model to communicate and socialise science. That is the point for diplomacy. We can share our knowledge without borders and give much information that is accurate, capable and efficient. In Indonesia, the STEM movement has not begun yet. However, I am still wondering and working together with my team to create this project because it will impress the others about science. For instance, we could celebrate science fairs, online seminars and workshops, getting involved with school in rural areas and the government too. Many things that I could do with science but without diplomacy, it will be lack of curiousity.

Therefore, diplomacy has a strength sight for science in the future especially for developing countries which still creating and initiating the movements.

#WomeninSTEM : National Education Day in Indonesia

Today, 2 May 2018, is The National Education Day in Indonesia. As a science teacher, I am so grateful that I still could dedicate myself to this contribution. Based on a survey, Indonesia is in 35th place in terms of education quality, while Switzerland is 1st, Singapore is 2nd and 3rd is Finland. So, it will be a long journey for us to strengthen our educational value and implementation, especially for science subjects.

At the same time, my paper that is entitled Bio-pesticides has been released by the International Students Conference for the ASEAN economic community. I will tell you about the paper. It explains the reuse of tobacco that will be used for pesticides. We used distillation method to get the tobacco liquid, then mixed it with some water. So, we will get the pesticides formulation. I and my team succeeded in bringing those pesticides to use on chili plants in Temanggung.

Throughout the research, we shared our values so they can be reused in something that can be important in the future. Because we don’t inherit this Earth from our father, we borrow it from our children. I am very impressed with the announcement today. Hope you will get inspired by the way I dedicate myself through research and writing.

STEM in Indonesia

Hello, guys!

I am Fatimah Nopriardy from Indonesia. I am a Science Teacher and also Vice-Coordinator for the Science Laboratory at my school.

I am so glad to be invited as contributor for #STEMDiscoveryWeek . I hope it could engage our vision and mission in STEM together.

So, let me explain about STEM in Indonesia based on my experiences as a Science Teacher with International Baccalaureate and Cambridge curriculum.

First, I take a chance that leads me to improve my STEM passion by teaching students. This has come from my passion and curiousity. As my background is Bachelor of Physics, I have the motivation to engage in science as a fun subject, so students can understand it. It is because of the lack of students’ curiosity in science that they don’t. However, it is just for some students, but I dominantly feel like science is an abstract thing to do. Since then, I taught my students about  phenomena such as measuring a fisherman while sinking in a specific time. Some of them think that it is weird . They don’t need to know about them because it is not really useful for future. Then, this condition has challenged me to be an inspired teacher, which has broadened my knowledge. I must always have some explanations to show them the usefulness of science in the future.

Fortunately, I was introduced to Cambridge curriculum at my school. I have learned so much about the way teachers could engage, not only with students, but also with the subject that we have. Every single day I teach. I always give my efforts to lead my students by example and show them the effects of scientific phenomena in real life. Thus, they are excited. For example, I lead extracurricular activities called “Science For Fun”. I try to arrange the experiments in such a way that they can be understood by them in real life. For example, blowing a balloon with vinegar and backing soda and putting eggs into the bottle using fire. They were so excited and always curious about the next agenda in “Science For Fun” every week.

However, I feel that young people in Indonesia have not increased their empowerment in science well enough. Maybe it is just in my regions, but how is it in rural areas? I don’t think so. In fact, the STEM community also moves slowly entering schools and creating events for students.

Therefore, through this event, and from Indonesia, I could inspire young people around the world to share your experiences in empowering students to love science and understanding about science works in this universe. We can discuss together here. I also have a goal to inspire another teacher to be active promoting the life long learning spirit, so we can do some innovations as a teacher and students will be engaged with us and universe.

Thank you,

Regards,

Fatimah Nopriardy