Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education has been one of the most challenging subjects, especially in online or modular distance learning classrooms.
To help STEM teachers meet the challenges of teaching these subjects, the University of Mapúa, in partnership with the Department of Education, has launched STEM Teach Mapúa 2.0.
The free online training program aims to strengthen the quality of STEM education in the country by advancing the skills of lower and upper secondary teachers in this stream.
This is the second time that Mapúa, the country’s leading engineering and technology school, has rolled out its educational innovation online with its first installment in 2018.
It is open to private and public school teachers in the Metro Manila area. The four-week program will impart local knowledge and techniques from Mapúa which will also discuss the proven teaching methods used by the university.
STEM education has become more recognized as various think tanks around the world predict that the demand for science and technology (S&T) specialists will increase.
The study by the Department of Science and Technology of the Institute of Science Education and the Philippine Institute of Development Studies titled “Future S&T Human Resource Needs in the Philippines: A Labor Market Analysis in 2020 revealed the growth of S&T jobs.
He predicted that engineering would be in demand nationally, followed by life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and statistics.
“Laying the correct foundation for STEM education for junior and senior high school students is most crucial right now. The pandemic has accelerated digitalization and increased the demand for digital and other skills in science, technology and engineering,” said the President of the University of Mapúa, Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea .
“With our STEM Teach Mapúa 2.0 knowledge sharing program, we hope to empower our fellow educators by building their knowledge and skills in the disciplines of [STEM]”Vea said.
“By being so equipped, they can then lay the groundwork so that we can develop a large pool of top-notch Filipino scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians,” he explained.
The online training program includes seven courses: general mathematics, pre-calculus, basic calculus, physics, statistics, chemistry and biology. Teacher-participants can access lectures and micro-video presentations asynchronously and 24/7 through Mapúa Cardinal Education in a Digital and Global Environment’s learning management system. The modules also include online assessments.
A total of 638 teachers from the Greater Manila area joined the enrichment program. Registration was on a “first come, first served” basis. Schools have two representatives per subject.
It is hoped that participating teachers will pass on the teaching methodologies to their colleagues after completing the program on February 28.
“With the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, we need to equip young Filipinos with the right basic knowledge and motivate them to embrace STEM careers so that we can meet human resource needs in the years to come,” added Vea. .
Known for producing the best graduates, Mapúa was ranked among the top 501-550 universities in Asia in 2022 with a 4-star rating by Quacquarelli Symonds. It also offers internationally accredited programs in engineering, architecture, and information technology.