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February 01 2019

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STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (National Science Teaching Association – NSTA)

To provide practical scientific knowledge about life around us as well as inspire children’s passion for science, in February 2019, Lawrence S. Ting Foundation awards 51 STAR scholarships to attend a STEM education program for students from 8 to 17 years old free of charge. Among 51 STAR scholarship recipients, there are 28 from elementary schools, 18 from secondary schools; 5 from high schools. They will participate in STEM sessions organized by our foundation in cooperation with Saigon Scientists (a branch of Science from Scientist USA). The sessions are divided according to students’ school levels and organized every weekend in Ho Chi Minh City. Each course includes 12 sessions and will consist of 20 students and 02 instructors.

STEM is an abbreviation that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Through research, and combining these fields, students can apply science creatively in real life. Also, the STEM education program promotes and inspires students’ passion for science by guiding them to do experiments based on relevant scientific topics in the STEM field. Students can expand their imagination, creativity, and develop new skills, and techniques. STEM education does not aim to train students to become mathematicians, scientists, engineers, or technicians but to equip students with the knowledge to work and develop in today's technological world.

As planned, in 2019, STEM program will focus on the following contents:

Course subjects in 2019:  

Elementary Level:
   Week    Date Subjects
1 17/2/2019    Fireman
2 24/2/2019 Toothpaste for elephants
3 3/3/2019 Where does salt come from?
4 10/3/2019 I have Vitamin C
5 17/3/2019 What's in milk?
6 24/3/2019 Nutrition plate
7 31/3/2019 Ecological balance
8 7/4/2019 Clean water
9 21/4/2019 Solar system
10 05/5/2019 Full moon, Crescent moon
11 12/5/2019 Earth Rotation
12 19/5/2019 Constellations
13 26/5/2019 Final exam

 

Secondary Level:
   Week    Date Subjects
1 17/2/2019    Introduce about the course
2 24/2/2019 Needs of plants
3 3/3/2019 Design the hanging tree model
4 10/3/2019 Building hanging tree model
5 17/3/2019 Improve hanging tree model
6 24/3/2019 Watering system
7 31/3/2019 Light system
8 7/4/2019 Design and build hanging gardens
9 21/4/2019 Design and construction of hanging gardens (continued)
10 5/5/2019 Improve hanging gardens
11 12/5/2019 Poster design
12 19/5/2019 Hanging garden day

 

High school Level: 
   Week    Date Subjects
1 17/2/2019    Water system
2 24/2/2019 Water quality indicators
3 3/3/2019 Analysis of water quality
4 10/3/2019 Water map
5 17/3/2019 Saving a Life: Heart Valve Replacement
6 24/3/2019 No Valve in Vain
7 31/3/2019 No Valve in Vain (continued)
8 7/4/2019 Model of Heart Valves
9 21/4/2019 Challenge at the end of the course 1 : make the endoscopic device and water quality testing
10 5/5/2019 Challenge at the end of the course 2 : make the endoscopic device and water quality testing
11 12/5/2019 Challenge at the end of the course 3 : make the endoscopic device and water quality testing
12 19/5/2019 Challenge at the end of the course 4 : make the endoscopic device and water quality testing
13 26/5/2019 Presentation of High School students