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International Conference on Advances in STEM Education 2019@EdUHK

International Conference on Advances in STEM Education 2019@EdUHK


Over 150 overseas and local education practitioners took part in the International Conference on Advances in STEM Education 2019 (ASTEM 2019), organised by the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology and supported by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) from 18 to 20 December 2019. The Conference provided a platform for worldwide education pioneers and researchers to disseminate research findings, illustrate emerging trends, and address worldwide challenges in STEM education.

The three-day Conference attracted research paper submissions from various countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia, Israel, the mainland, Malaysia, Singapore, the UAE, the US and Vietnam. More than 35 scholars shared their innovative research papers on major topics covering technological innovation in STEM education, pedagogical approaches to STEM teaching, curriculum and integration for STEM learning, assessment of learning in STEM outcomes, scholarly transdisciplinary research and development in STEM disciplines, and STEM advocacy.

Keynote speakers included Professor Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, who discussed technologies, activities and strategies for helping children develop as creative thinkers; and Dr Hidenobu Sumioka, Leader of the Presence Media Research Group at Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, who shed light on potential applications of social robots in education.

A Workshop on Coding, Physical Computing and Computational Thinking 2019 was held on 19 December 2019, enabling more than 70 local primary and secondary school teachers to learn more about the latest developments in STEM education through mutual sharing of their teaching experience. The workshop featured local teacher-led presentations and sharing sessions covering contemporary STEM education topics in Hong Kong, including empowering critical thinkers and problem-solvers with coding, creative and constructionist learning with physical computing, and promoting computational thinking in local schools.

The workshop also included expert-led training and exploration sessions for educational STEM technologies, including micro:bit, M5Stack, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. For more information, please visit: https://www.eduhk.hk/astem/.

Professor John Lee (right), Vice President (Academic) and Provost at EdUHK, welcomes Professor Mitchel Resnick to the Conference.
Dr Hidenobu Sumioka (fifth from left) meets with academics from the University’s Department of Mathematics and Information Technology after his keynote speech.
Overseas and local education practitioners participate in ASTEM 2019.