Joe Krajcik recently traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, to present "Promoting Student Engagement and Creativity Thought through Project Based Learning", as part of the 2019 APEC STEM-PLUS Teacher Professional Development Workshop. Organized and hosted by faculty members from National Taiwan Normal University, Chinese Taipei, with additional funding from the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC), the 2019 APEC STEM-PLUS Teacher Professional Development Workshop was held from May 22-24, 2109, at Gongguan Campus of National Taiwan Normal University. The goal of the conference was to deepen regional economic integration, promote inclusivity, and to explore structural reform in the APEC region, by creating a 'glocalized' conversation that focused on three goals:
- To empower science teachers' competence on cultivating students' scientific literacy through initiatives via the design of science/technology curriculum standards for K-12:
- To exchange views, ideas, and potential challenges around design and implementation of STEM curriculum, and:
- To share existing best practices and to consider alternative approaches and policies for educational reforms for 21st century citizens.
Joe demonstrated SageModeler, an online tool that allows students to create, test and refine system models of phenomena, and discussed Project Based Learning, preparing the next generation of learners, three-dimensional learning, and how the Next Generation Science Standards are unique, in that they require students to demonstrate knowledge-in-use. PBL classrooms have become learning environments where teachers and all students engage in science to design and carry out investigations, which leads to students collaborating with, presenting to, and engaging with their fellow students, while using evidence and reasoning to support their claims.
Delegates from Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, The Phillipines and Vietnam gave brief introductions of STEM education in their economies. Attendees were invited to visit a local high school in order to get a closer look into the STEM education system in Chinese Taipei.