STEM with Robotics program
Partner News - Robomatter's Robotics Curriculum First To Be Certified By ITEEA
Robomatter’s Robotics Curriculum First To Be Certified By ITEEA
The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association recognizes Robomatter’s excellence in developing engineering curriculum as part of Robomatter’s Robotics Curriculum Continuu
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 9, 2017 — The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) has endorsed the engineering levels of Robomatter’s Robotics Curriculum Continuum through its Engineering byDesign (EbD) standard, The Engineering Endorsement Matrix. Robomatter is the first organization to attain certification through this rigorous evaluation process.
“Combining technology with science and engineering practices is a core part of any quality STEM curriculum. We live in an age of exponential change due to technology, and those technological advances drive new scientific investigations. One of the goals of the Robomatter curriculum is to show students how real-world scientists and engineers use STEM to solve real-world problems. We are extremely proud to have ITEEA recognize our commitment to STEM education,” said Jason McKenna, Director of Educational Strategy at Robomatter.
ITEEA’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning has developed the only standards-based national model for grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context. To evaluate the curriculum, an Engineering Endorsement Matrix was created with the intent of reviewing the degree to which engineering literacy is promoted.
ITEEA President Jared Bitting commented, “Having met the criteria of The Engineering Endorsement Matrix, ITEEA is pleased to endorse the Robomatter curriculum. Robomatter exemplifies the degree to which engineering literacy is promoted through content and alignment to the Standards for Technological Literacy.”
Using constructivist models, students participating in Robomatter’s Curriculum Continuum learn science and math concepts and apply them to science and engineering principles in an authentic, problem/project-based environment.
Robomatter Incorporated is a technology and engineering curriculum solutions provider focused on bringing STEM experiences to students by leveraging the motivational effects of computer science and robotics. Robomatter’s solutions include research-backed curricula, interactive technology tools, STEM teacher professional development programs, and certification programs through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy.
The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators. Our mission is to promote technological and engineering literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering and promoting the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. ITEEA strengthens the profession through leadership, professional development, membership services, publications, and classroom activities. For more information, contact ITEEA@ITEEA.ORG or call 703.860.2100.
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Partner News - Robomatter: The New York Academy of Sciences Announces New STEM Education Certification Program
The New York Academy of Sciences Announces New STEM Education Certification Program
New framework for STEM education materials focuses on development of 21st-century workforce skills
New York, December 8th, 2016 – A new framework for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that promotes 21st-century skills development was announced by the New York Academy of Sciences today.
The Global STEM Alliance (GSA) STEM Education Framework is based on the latest learning science and education research. It was developed by the New York Academy of Sciences, a 200-year-old institution dedicated to advancing scientific research, education, and policy, and SRI Education, a division of SRI International and an established leader in STEM education research, instructional design, implementation, and evaluation.
Countless organizations are developing STEM content, resources, and instructional programs for the education sector. Yet little objective information exists to help decision makers identify high-quality materials. The GSA STEM Certification Program addresses this need by certifying materials that align to the GSA STEM Education Framework. Any curriculum, set of instructional materials, educational program, or product intended for formal or informal STEM learning may be reviewed, including instructional software, online courses, educational games, apps, and professional development resources.
The GSA STEM Education Framework is a freely available resource to be used by anyone engaged in STEM education—curriculum developers, content providers, teachers, students, parents, school leaders, policymakers, and philanthropists—to ensure that their efforts align to sound pedagogy and best practices. It outlines 26 features of quality STEM education in three fundamental areas:
- Core Competencies: To what extent are students provided with opportunities to develop 21st-century skills needed to thrive in the modern workplace?
- Instructional Design: To what extent do the materials and/or program design reflect research-based pedagogy and a cohesive system of learning objectives, supports, and assessment resources?
- Implementation: To what extent are necessary supports or services available to facilitate distribution and ensure effective implementation?
“In today’s global, technology-driven economy, students need a sound basis in STEM education to develop important critical thinking skills,” said Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences. “But just as important is the development of so-called soft skills—the ability to communicate clearly, creativity, persistence, and the ability to collaborate. This certification program is intended to ensure that instructional materials address the development of these skills as much as the academic side of learning.”
Two of the first organizations to have instructional resources attain certification through this rigorous process are Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, and Robomatter, Inc., which provides high-quality, cost-effective K-12 STEM education solutions to schools around the world.
Among the Discovery Education resources certified through the GSA STEM Certification Program is the company’s middle school Science Techbook. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, the award-winning Science Techbook engages students in STEM-driven lessons that help them learn to read, write, and think like scientists. Science Techbook includes hundreds of hands-on labs, digital explorations, and data analysis activities, as well as digital tools such as an interactive glossary that helps support the success of all learners. Discovery Education’s STEMFormation, STEM Leader Corps, and STEM Foundations professional development initiatives have also earned GSA Certification. “Discovery Education is honored by this recognition and looks forward to continuing to support educators worldwide as they build the classrooms and culture today’s students need to prepare for the STEM careers of the future,” said Discovery Education Chief Academic Officer and Vice President, Curriculum & Instruction, Marty Creel.
Robomatter’s IDEAS computer science curriculum allows students to synthesize their natural curiosity and interests with the tools of computer science. Instead of just working with paper and pencil, students are given opportunities to iterate and design creative solutions to problems using digital tools. Students also learn how to engage one another as they work collaboratively to apply their ideas and solve problems with computational thinking. “There is a broad consensus around the need to bring STEM literacy and computational thinking concepts and practices to all students. As a result, there is a pronounced need for the GSA STEM Education Framework for schools and educational decision-makers. Robomatter is very proud to have earned this certification based on the framework,” said Jason McKenna, Director of Educational Strategy at Robomatter.
All reviews are performed by a panel of academic experts with deep knowledge related to the subject matter, grade level, and intended audience of the materials under review. Materials that align to the framework receive official certification from the New York Academy of Sciences’ Global STEM Alliance, an initiative designed to advance STEM education worldwide.
To download the framework and learn more about certification, visit globalstemalliance.org/certification.
About the Global STEM Alliance
The Global STEM Alliance is an initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences dedicated to preparing the next generation of STEM innovators for 21st-century careers. With more than 200 partners in 50 countries and regions around the world—including governments, corporations, educational institutions, and nongovernmental organizations—the GSA works to improve access to quality STEM instruction, and to increase the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM careers.
About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that, since 1817, has been driving innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. With more than 20,000 members in 100 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. Please visit us online at www.nyas.org and follow us on Twitter @NYASciences.
About SRI Education
SRI Education, a division of SRI International, is tackling the most complex issues in education to help students succeed. We work with federal and state agencies, school districts, major foundations, nonprofit organizations, and international and commercial clients to address risk factors that impede learning, assess learning gains, and use technology for educational innovation. SRI International, a research center headquartered in Menlo Park, California, creates world-changing solutions making people safer, healthier, and more productive.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
Robomatter Inc. is a technology and engineering curriculum solutions provider focused on bringing STEM experiences to students by leveraging the motivational effects of computer science and robotics. Robomatter’s solutions include research-backed curricula, interactive technology tools, STEM teacher professional development programs, and certification programs through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy. Today, over 1.5 million students leverage Robomatter solutions every day across 40 countries worldwide, making a significant impact on bringing STEM education to students from all backgrounds.
Will students receive any certification?
Yes, there will be an option to choose between a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy or CM Asia Learning’s certification.
All students will receive an Acknowledge of Completion from CM Asia Learning after each completed courses.
Why STEM with Robotics Program?
It provides students the opportunity to build, program and design their robots from scratch using LEGO EV3 or VEX IQ.
The program uses real world problems to engage students and contextualize learning that includes robot stimulation software that enables every student to program using a virtual robot (Robot Virtual World©). It will expose them to situation which build on their problem solving and analytical skill sets. It emphasizes the Big Ideas of STEM with Robotics, such as Computational Thinking, Communication & Collaboration and through the use of Technology and Engineering to deliver the curriculum.
CM Asia Learning’s STEM with Robotics program is designed for Primary, Secondary and Pre-University levels.
EDUTEC Korea 2017
EDUTEC KOREA 2017
- Event name: EDUTEC KOREA 2017
- Date: 18 to 20 January 2017
- Venue: COEX Hall C
- Visit us at Booth (TBC), we will be showcasing our STEM programs and LMS Demo
- Speaking on 18 Jan 2017, 2pm to 3pm (conducted in Korean Language). Tentative Topic: Applying Computational Thinking in STEM Education
World-Class STEM Pedagogy & Educational Solution Workshop for Educators
World-Class STEM Pedagogy & Educational Solution Workshop for Educators
On 12 to 13 July, CM Asia Learning partnered Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) and APPLE Thailand to conduct a STEM Pedagogy and Educational Solution workshop for the educators around Thailand.
We hosted 134 educators at the event and ran four featured STEM lessons to give them a wider range of experiences on how STEM Education can be implemented. The workshops were conducted by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy certified Master Trainers.
Our Program Director, Ng Puay San opened the workshop with an introduction to the Key Elements of an Effective STEM Education Program.
One of the key element to the effectiveness of STEM Education is Computational Thinking. Attended by 134 educators from all over Thailand, specially invited by IPST.
Before the start of the workshop, we encourage the participants to list the things they would expect to learn from the workshop.
The participants were grouped into teams for the workshop. Writing their list of expectations.
During the STEM Workshops
Participants get to put on students’ thinking hats to learn computational thinking and big ideas in the curriculum with hands-on activities, and put on teachers’ thinking hats to reflect on how integrated STEM lessons incorporate the 21st century skills.
STEM with Computer Science workshop
Icebreaker. At the first session of the workshop, CMRA Master Trainers encourage participants to get to know each other by doing a round of self-introduction
Working in teams, participants were going through the art of computational thinking. They were using Scratch to create their storyboard using the STEM method.
A example of a Learning-by-doing class. CMRA Certified Master Trainer going through the key elements of STEM with Computer Science with the participants.
STEM with Robotics workshop
Testing his own programmed robot on Robot Virtual World platform. With this virtual platform, STEM with Robotics program can also be conducted without the physical Robots in place, at anytime and anywhere.
One of the Search & Rescue lesson, the team was testing their robots on the physical obstacle field. Here, participants are able to pick up problem solving skill independently and as a team.
Another Robotics team testing and re-working on their robots. During the process, participants in each team was holding a different role, there’s a leader, programmer, problem-solver, builder and etc. This activity encourages collaborative learning which is one of the key 21st century skill.
The team was working on their strategy and testing their robot on the robot virtual world. In order to build an effective and responsive working robots, each team has to go through four learning stages, Try > Fail > Learn > Success. STEM Education allows participants to achieve more than just academic success but also winning on their attitude in life.
It was an eventful workshop with participants going back home with a better understanding on how to implement STEM Education in their classrooms. Based on our post-workshop survey, 100% of the participants enjoyed themselves at our STEM workshops.
We hope we can continue to extend our STEM knowledge; received from the top global STEM leader, Robomatter, with most of their programs designed under the licensed of Carnegie Mellon University, to more educators in Asia.
Testimonials from the participants
- Said Educator for Secondary Level
This workshop is useful. Your team is professional. I saw the word ‘Computational Skill’ before the workshop and I think it’s about hardware & software. Surprisingly, it is a thinking process. I get the idea from workshop. Thanks.
- Said Mr. Thanatip Ruksilp, Educator for Loei Rajabhat University
The workshop is good, but should be expand the time for workshop
- Said Miss Wandee Sangkaew, Educator for Watsrivitedsangkaram School (Secondary School)
Good workshop with computer science but it is too short time
- Said Itmipong Lokutrpoi, Educator for Primary School from IPST
im really appreciated on what I’ve learned for this 2 days. It’s new and interesting for me and above all, it’s integrated lesson indeed as weel as its inspiration on both lesson and lesson givers.
- Said Dr. Nutte Suree, Educator for Chiangmai University
It has been an exciting and entertaining, yet informative 4 educational experience. I got to have hands-on experiments. Only caveat is the time constraint that limited the holistic group and a complete understanding of each activity. But all in all, it was very fun. Thank you
- Said Educator for Secondary School
I would like to know about training system for teachers because teachers are important to the management process for student
- Said Mai Anusoon Piujaiyos, Educator for Secondary School
This workshop make me understand about computational thinking and make sure when I go back to teach at my school, I can apply this concept computational thinking for all activity
- Said Skonchai Chanunan, Educator for University
The workshop should take longer than 3 days so me can get more ideas and practical work.
- Said Educator teaching Primary School from IPST
The workshop is good and interesting. Just one thing, the material maybe difficult for schools to prepare (difficult but possible). Effective Professional Development needs to be required to help teachers to implement the activities that promote students critical thinking rather than just playing the program for fun without any meaning.
South Korea Welcomes Top Global Leading STEM Programs (한국에서 세계 최고의 STEM 프로그램을 만나다)
South Korea Welcomes Top Global Leading STEM Programs
한국에서 세계 최고의 STEM 프로그램을 만나다
K12 students will have the chance to earn certification from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy의 수료증을 이수할 기회를 얻게 되는 한국 학생들
29 June 2016 – South Korea – For the very first time, schools in South Korea will have the chance to implement the top global leading STEM programs from educational providers Robomatter, Inc. and Zulama – brought to South Korea and localised for Asia by CM Asia Learning, the official distributor in region which is headquartered in Singapore.
2016년 6월29일, Robomatter와 Zulama가 개발한 세계적인 STEM 프로그램을 아시아지역본부 CM Asia Learning의 도움으로 한국에서 최초로 도입하게 됩니다.
There will be three programs; STEM with Computer Science, STEM with Robotics and STEM with Entertainment Technology Programs which are designed to cater for the K12 students. The STEM programs provided by CM Asia Learning are the only STEM curriculum in the region which are suitable for a whole school implementation.
초중고생들을 위해 개발된 STEM 프로그램은 컴퓨터사이언스, 로보틱스, 엔터테인먼트 테크놀러지의 3가지 프로그램으로 구성되어 있습니다.
STEM is the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines in the classroom and rides on the advancement of technologies to provide a learning-by-doing experience to students.
STEM은 과학, 기술, 공학, 수학을 통합한 것으로 체계적인 앞선 기술을 학생들에게 체화하게 하는 커리큘럼입니다.
The global commitment to STEM education is phenomenal. In the United States, President Obama announced that over US$240 Million the new private-sector was invested to encourage students to excel in the STEM fields. [i]
현재 전세계 정부에서는 STEM 교육을 전면에 내세우고 있습니다. 미국 오바마 대통령은 STEM 분야의 활성화를 위해 사교육 영역에만 미화 240만불 이상이 투자되고 있다고 발표한 바 있습니다.
Singapore, which is the educational hub of South-East Asia, started the Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2015 with emphasis to provide more STEM graduates with the skills essential for economy growth.[ii]
싱가폴 역시 2015년 싱가폴 기술대학에서 시작한 STEM 프로그램을 경제 성장을 위한 필수 과목으로 지정하여 모든 졸업생이 이수할 수 있도록 강조하고 있습니다.
The STEM programs distributed by CM Asia Learning (CMAL) are comprised of quality curriculum designed by top global STEM leaders and researchers from Robomatter and Zulama and is delivered through the CM Asia Learning Management System (CMALMS).
CM Asia Learning의 STEM 프로그램은 세계 최고의 STEM 교육 선구자인 Robomatter와 Zulama가 개발한 커리큘럼으로 CM Asia Learning의 학사관리시스템을 기반으로 제공되고 있습니다.
CMAL’s STEM programs are also accompanied by authentic assessment and professional development for teachers to provide a substantial STEM curriculum for students.
CM아시아 러닝의 프로그램은 또한 학생들에게 필요한 STEM 커리큘럼을 제공하기 위하여 인증된 평가방식과 선생님을 위한 전문적인 개발 과정을 동반하고 있습니다.
At the end of the programs, students and teachers will have an opportunity to earn certification from the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy (CMRA) for both the STEM with Computer Science and Robotics Programs.
프로그램의 마지막에는 교사와 학생이 함께 협력해서STEM 컴퓨터사이언스 와 로보틱스 프로그램 CMRA(카네기멜론 로봇 아카데미)로 부터 부여되는 수료증을 받을 수 있도록 되어 있습니다.
“Technology is everywhere, in almost every aspect of our lives, making STEM education more important than ever.” said Skip Smith, President of Robomatter, Inc. “STEM education is critical to developing the next generation of innovators who will create the products and processes that will drive our future. No matter what field they choose, or what country they live in, students will need skills like problem solving, data analysis, critical thinking, creative thinking, and computational thinking, all skills that accompany a quality a STEM education.”
“기술은 우리가 사는 다양한 측면의 어느 곳에서서든 존재 하며 STEM 교육은 그 전보다 훨씬 더 중요해 지고 있다” 라고 로보매터 의 사장인 Skip Smith씨는 말합니다.
“STEM 교육은 차세대 혁신을 일으키는데 매우 중요한 핵심이며 이러한 차세대 혁신은 우리의 미래를 주도적으로 움직일 제품과 프로세스를 만들어 내게 됩니다. 이는 또한 우리가 어떠한 분야에 있던, 어떤 나라에 살게되든지간에 STEM 교육이 지향하고 있는 문제해결, 데이터 분석, 크리티컬 사고, 창의적 사고, 그리고 무엇보다 컴퓨테이셔널 사고 능력이 그 무엇보다고 학생들이 갖추어야 할 요소가 될것 입니다.”
With parents in South Korea spending significantly more on education (15% of their GNP) than any other nation, the republic is staffed with highly trained teachers who are aided by advanced technology in the class room.[iii]
자녀 교육에 있어서 다른 나라 보다 더 많은 비용( GNP의 15%)을 사용하는 한국 부모와 함께 정부에서는 학교 수업에 앞선 기술들을 전달하기 위해 고학력 교사들을 각 학교에 배정하고 있습니다.
While STEM education is in high demand in South Korea, there is a lack of female STEM graduates. According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)[iv], only 28.3% of students in Science and Engineering courses are women.
한국에서 STEM 교육에 대한 수요가 매우 높은 것에 비해, STEM분야를 전공한 여성 인력은 부족한 상황입니다. 유네스코의 보고서에 의하면 과학과 공학 전공자의 28.3% 만이 여성이라고 합니다.
Mr. Yeoh Cheng Poh, CEO of CM Asia Learning said, “We are seeing a global initiative to the commitment of STEM Education; there is urgency from government agencies and international companies to build a pool of STEM professionals. As STEM education is still new, we need to start from ground zero by training teachers and equipping them with the essential learning tools to deliver high quality STEM programs.
CM Asia learning의 CEO인 Yeoh Cheng Poh는 “STEM 교육에 대한 전세계적 정부 및 글로벌 회사의 수요 요구에 발맞추어 STEM 전문가를 양성할 수 있는 세계 최고 수준의 SETM 프로그램을 강사 트레이닝, 런닝 툴 등과 함께 체계적으로 전달할 수 있다.”고 얘기했다.
With our reputable STEM programs and the newly established partnership with Smart Kinder, we hope to provide a more conducive and effective STEM learning environment to more schools in South Korea.”
이러한 STEM 프로그램을 한국의 스마트킨더와의 파트너쉽을 통해 효과적이고 건설적인 STEM 환경을 구축하여 더많은 학교에 전달할 수 있게 되길 기원합니다.
Mr. Youngseop Choi, CEO of SmartKinder said, “We hope that we are able to play a huge role in cultivating many smart talents through this STEM program in partnership with CM Asia Learning.
SmartKinder의 CEO인 최용섭 대표는“우리는 CM Asia Learning과의 파트너쉽을 통해 세계 최고의 STEM 프로그램을 기초로 하여 IT 강국 대한민국에서 더 많은 스마트 인재들을 발굴하는데 큰 역할을 할 수 있을 것이라고 본다.”
[i] 23March2015 – White House Factsheet
TAR UC Appointed as Robomatter STEM Programme Validator
TAR UC Appointed as Robomatter STEM Programme Validator
and Jointly Certify STEM Teacher and Student Certifications with Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy in Malaysia
2 June 2016, KUALA LUMPUR – Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (‘TAR UC’) has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (‘MoA’) with CM Asia Learning Pte Ltd (‘CM Asia’) and Eduspec Holdings Bhd (‘EduSpec’) today which will kickstart the provision of a world-class STEM (acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education for school students in Malaysia. The strategic collaboration aims to increase the STEM literacy among the school students so as to build up a sustainable STEM talent pool who will take the lead in the areas of technology and innovation to push Malaysia towards high income nation.
The MoA was signed by three parties, namely TAR UC, CM Asia and EduSpec where TAR UC was represented by Assoc. Prof. Dr Ng Swee Chin, Vice President, and CM Asia was represented by Mr Yeoh Cheng Poh, Chief Executive Officer. EduSpec, meanwhile, was represented by Mr Lim Soon Seong, Executive Director.
Following from the signing of the MoA, two STEM programmes will be made available to Malaysian school students, namely STEM with Computer Science and STEM with Robotics. The programmes are developed by Robomatter, Inc., a global leader in providing STEM education solutions, which has many products that are created under license from Carnegie Mellon University, one of the top universities in the world based in the United States.
In this tripartite collaboration, TAR UC will assume the dual role as validator and certification issuer in the first phase in which the University College will evaluate and validate the results of students and teachers’ assessment in the abovementioned STEM programmes and jointly award the certification with Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy (‘CMRA’), a world-renowned robotics research academy which is an educational outreach of Carnegie Mellon University. Subsequently in the second phase, TAR UC will be appointed as the Master Trainer which will provide STEM Educator Training programme to train and certify teachers to enable them to teach the STEM with Computer Science and STEM with Robotics programmes.
CM Asia is the principal distributor of STEM programmes by Robomatter, Inc. whereas EduSpec is the local deployment agent appointed by CM Asia to roll out the two STEM programmes in Malaysia.
During the signing of the MoA, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, highlighted that TAR UC is entrusted to play such an important role based on the outstanding track record in the areas of engineering and information & communication technology (‘ICT’). “TAR UC has built a solid reputation in engineering and ICT as our intensive industry-relevant programme curriculum has produced highly qualified graduates who are much sought after by the industries. We establish close collaboration with many global industry leaders to facilitate transfer of the latest technology and knowledge and continuously upskill our teaching faculty to ensure they are always at the forefront to teach the students”.
Datuk Dr Tan further added that this collaboration is a good opportunity for TAR UC to play its role in nation building and therefore the success of this collaboration is crucial. “Digital economy is the way forward in this 21st century. As a result, STEM holds the key to future development of our nation. More and more STEM-skilled professionals will be needed to bring Malaysia up to speed in terms of economic growth. To remain competitive, the younger generation must be well-equipped with STEM-related skills to help them face the challenges dictated by science and technology. As an institution of higher learning, we see this as an opportunity to play our role in building a sustainable pipeline of STEM workforce to support Malaysia’s future development by training and imparting the required knowledge and skills. We understand the importance of STEM and TAR UC is committed to the success of this collaboration and will work closely with CM Asia and EduSpec to achieve our aim”, he said.
Mr. Yeoh Cheng Poh, CEO of CM Asia Learning, added: “In today’s digital world, STEM can be found in all parts of our life. The education of the essential four disciplines; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is crucial to every country”.
“In the United States, Robomatter, Inc. has trained more than 11,000 teachers and have implemented STEM programs in more than 16,000 schools. With the new partnership with TAR UC, we hope to create awareness of our STEM programs and to train more educators in Malaysia with essential STEM teaching methods and pedagogy to ensure that students are well-prepared for their future workplace”, Mr Yeoh continued.
“STEM has become a necessity in modern times. Computing and Robotics knowledge, therefore, have become part of the basic skills that we need to instil in our children to ensure that they are able to thrive in today’s world,” concurred Eduspec Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lim Een Hong. “We believe that the introduction of the two STEM programmes in our local schools can help the students think outside the box and pique their interest in STEM learning. We are grateful to TAR UC for coming on board to help us with this endeavor,” Mr Lim added.
“In our increasingly interconnected and technical world, the skills that accompany a quality STEM education are more important than ever,” said Skip Smith, President of Robomatter, Inc. “We are excited to support this partnership, and continue the mission to provide high‐quality, cost‐effective K‐12 STEM education solutions to classrooms around the world, helping ensure students are ready to compete in our global, emerging economy.”
About Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (‘TAR UC’)
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (‘TAR UC’), formerly known as TAR College, is a premier institution of higher learning in Malaysia with a track record of excellence for over four decades. Its brand is synonymous with holistic education and it is well recognised locally and internationally among the academic fraternity and professional bodies. The University College has educated more than 180,000 graduates many of whom are the eminent leaders in various industries.
For more information on TAR UC, please visit www.tarc.edu.my
Why STEM with Computer Science?
Learning Computer Science has proven to help learners to develop an unique way of thinking about issues, problems and situations – computational thinking and better prepare them for the future working world which requires them to think more critically, better communication and collaboration, and the ability to apply computational thinking in their work.
According to Computer Science Teachers Association, Computer Science is important to industry because it leads to multiple career paths. It is also fundamentally important as an intellectual pursuit because it teaches computational thinking and problem solving skills that are foundational to all science and one might even argue to the humanities as well.
What so different about your STEM with Computer Science program as compared to other Computer Science courses?
The uniqueness of our program lies on the delivery of the program; pedagogy and teaching method. In our STEM with Computer Science program, we encourages student to learn by doing and teachers as the facilitator in the classroom. Our quality curriculum uses the following approaches to allow a more interactive and progressive learning environment to happen,
- Inquiry-Based approach
- Teaching Principles based on research from Carnegie Mellon University and other global STEM leaders and researchers
- Blended-learning through specially designed CM Asia Learning Management System
- Learner-centric approach
With this pedagogy and the relevant course content delivered, students will more effectively absorb the STEM with CS Program than the usual CS and ICT program.
How is programming and coding program different from the STEM with Computer Science Program?
Programming is not the same as Computer Science. Coding program teaches short programming courses or computer architecture concepts to students.
STEM with Computer Science shows students how to use computer programming to solve real-world problems while engaging students in the iterative process that artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers go through every day. The curriculum utilizes technology to help prepare students to think algorithmically and solve problems in a structured way.
Our program is designed to be integrated into the existing curriculum and is a series of continuum and progressive activities.
Is STEM with Computer Science Program only for students who wants to be a programmer?
STEM with Computer Science is not only for students who want to become a programmer or computer scientists for software engineers.
Our program teaches the Three Big Ideas below, which are drawn based on research from Carnegie Mellon University and other global STEM leaders and researchers.
1) Digital Citizenship
2) Computational Thinking & Logic
3) Life Skills
The key big areas listed are curated to empower students to think algorithmically and solve problems within any domain in a structured way. Moreover, it teaches students to use technology for problem solving and communication that can then be applied to a myriad of different activities and endeavors.
What are the differences between STEM with Computer Science and the current ICT syllabus?
ICT syllabus covers only technical topics but STEM with Computer Science Program current syllabus consists of real-world application like the following,
- Digital Citizenship
- Computer Literacy
- Computational Thinking
- Life Skills
- Communication and Collaboration
Furthermore, our lessons are taught by trained teachers or master trainers who’ve went through the training and assessments and/or certified by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy.
Is it possible to teach young children programming, and why?
Yes, there are various case studies that have proved that young children are able to understand computer science as young as 7 years old. Many educators have also named Computer Science as another language in school.
Young children have active cognitive development hence we should leverage on their growing period to introduce Computer Science to encourage creativity.
Leaders from various fields such as Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt are pushing for more K-12 emphasis on coding. Steve Job, the late founder of Apple once highlighted that everybody should learn how to program because it teaches us how to think.
General Electric CEO, Jeff Immelt said that it doesn’t matter whether you are in sales, finance or operations, you may not end up being a programmer but you would need to know how to code to succeed to in today’s digital world.
Will the children be able to apply their computational thinking to solve daily problem at the age of 7?
Learning is a continuous process and we train the young learners to analyse and think since an early age. It may not happen in one year, but it will definitely create the outcome as stated in the STEM with Computer Science program and you will be surprised to see the result.
Is STEM with Computer Science Program designed only for Primary School levels?
No. Our STEM with Computer Science program is designed for Primary, Secondary to Pre-University levels.
We have specially created curriculum that are age appropriate and is suitable for any students above 6 years old. Our program’s permutation is drawn based on request.
Please contact us to discuss a better-designed program for you.
What are the entry levels for STEM with Computer Science?
Our program entry levels are at Course1, Course3, Course5:
- At Course1: This is the basic entry course, which is suitable for the lower Primary, P1 to 3.
- At Course3: This is the intermediate entry course, which is suitable for the upper Primary, P4 to 6.
- At Course5: This is the advance entry course, which is suitable for the Secondary level, S1 to 4.
Refer to the overview of the courses for STEM with Computer Science,
Why Grade/Primary 4 to 6 are suggested to start the program at STEM with CS3 and not STEM with CS1 and 2?
STEM with CS2 is not an entry-level course. Our curriculum and related activities are age-appropriate. Hence, if we were to teach Grade/Primary 4 to 6 students who are already at the age of 10 to 12 with STEM with CS1 or 2, it will be too simple for them.
For students who start at STEM with CS3, will they miss the STEM with CS1 and 2 lessons?
No. At the entry-level courses, students will be provided with bridging lessons to understand STEM with CS1 and 2. At STEM with CS3, the intermediate students (Grade/Primary 3 to 6) will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skill sets to fully understand the basic of the program.
Why is STEM with CS3 a suggested level for Grade/Primary 4 to 6?
Each of our courses is developed based on age-appropriateness. We also understand the importance of building a good foundation for the children. Therefore, we have specially designed the entry-level courses such as STEM with CS3 and 5 to bridge the understanding of the basic STEM with Computer Science.
Are there any need for bridging lessons for Grade/Primary 4 to 6, given that they have no experience in STEM with Computer Science and have to go straight to STEM with CS3?
Yes. Hence, we have the entry level courses at STEM with CS1, 3 and 5 which you can see in the program overview chart.
Will the students be able to understand SCRATCH at the intermediate level at STEM with CS3 without going through STEM with CS1 and 2?
Yes, because STEM with CS3 is an entry-level course. So, there are necessary steps in the course to help bridge the understanding in the use of SCRATCH.
What is the entry level for SCRATCH implementation?
SCRATCH is used at the entry levels of STEM with CS1 and STEM with CS3, designed for students in Primary levels, Grade 1 to 6.
Why are we using free ware (SCRATCH)?
Please see following benefits of using the software, SCRATCH,
- It is one of a kind drag-and-drop programming software developed by MIT
- To enable students to practice and explore more from home
- They will be able to develop their positive social skills and share their work with other peers
- Easily available on iOS and Android
Students can share their program in the SCRATCH community on the world platform
Does STEM with Computer Science means learning of SCRATCH?
SCRATCH is just a tool to deliver Computational Thinking. The important essence of the program is Computational Thinking, where students learn how to decompose a problem, see the pattern in it, abstract the core features and put it in algorithms in a logical manner.
GESS Indonesia 2016
Global Educational Supplies & Solutions (GESS) 2016
- Event name: Global Educational Supplies & Solutions (GESS) 2016
- Date: 14 to 16 Sept 2016
- Venue: Jakarta Convention Center, Indonesia
- Visit us at Booth F17
- We will be showcasing our STEM Programs at our booth
ROBOMATTER's TOP STEM PROGRAMME COMES TO MALAYSIA
CM Asia Learning Pte Ltd (CM Asia), a Singapore-based distributor of iCarnegie Global Learning’s STEM Robotics and STEM Computer Science K12 curriculum in Asia Pacific, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) on 18 February 2016 to make the renowned Robomatter teaching modules available to schools in Malaysia. Teachers and students trained under iCarnegie Global Learning’s STEM Robotics and STEM Computer Science programme will have the privilege of earning a qualification that is jointly certified by both TAR UC and the world’s top robotics research and education institution, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy. TAR UC, for its highly recognised quality, consistent and high standard education, has been entrusted to join forces with the two principals from the United States of America to evaluate, assess and jointly award the certificate to the teachers and students who successfully complete the programme. In conjunction with this, Eduspec Holdings Berhad (Eduspec) was appointed as the deployment agent of CM Asia for the roll-out of these programmes.
The MoU signing was officiated by the Chairman of the Board of Governors of TARUC, YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai. Guests at the event included Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Education II, YB Senator Tuan Chong Sin Woon, President/CEO and Chief Technology Officer of Robomatter Inc., Skip Smith and Timothy Friez respectively; principals of Chinese schools and members of the Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG). They were later treated to a luncheon, which included a Yee Sang toss in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
During his opening speech, YB Dato’ Sri Liow highlighted how Malaysia is prioritising STEM education and aiming for 60 per cent of its youth to take up STEM education and careers to ensure a better future for the country. “Our children cannot remain as just users of technology because they are capable of so much more. We need to nurture youths that will be creators,” he said.
“STEM has become a necessity in modern times. ICT knowledge, therefore, has become a basic skill that we need to instil in our children to ensure that they are able to thrive in today’s world,” concurred Eduspec CEO Lim Een Hong.
It is without a doubt that STEM is now the primary focus globally. In the United States, President Obama recently announced an initiative called “Computer Science for All”. The president has pledged to call for a budget approval of US$4 billion to help the United States pay for computer science education in schools when he presents his 2017 budget to Congress. According to President Obama, “In the new economy, computer science isn’t an optional skill – it’s a basic skill. Nine out of 10 parents want it taught in their children’s schools.” Adding to this, Robomatter President, Skip Smith elaborates, “In our increasingly interconnected and technical world, the skills that accompany a quality STEM education are more important than ever”.
Closer to home, our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said that to invest in STEM education is to invest in the future. He shared at the Global STEM Alliance at the United Nations headquarters that Malaysia aims for 60 percent of our country’s children and youths to take up STEM education and careers for a better future for Malaysia. To reflect this, the Malaysian education blueprint prioritises STEM education. It is an indisputable fact to say that digital knowledge is the new currency of the 21st century and STEM education is a major player in that new economy.
“Now, it’s not about getting them ahead; it is about ensuring that they are not left behind. We believe that the introduction of the Robomatter curriculum in our local schools can help the students think outside the box and pique their interest in STEM learning. We are privileged to have this opportunity to introduce the Robomatter modules into the country, and we are also grateful to TARUC for coming on board to help us with this endeavour,” Lim added. “Robomatter is proud to support the partnership between Tunku Abdul Rahman University College and CM Asia Learning in continuing the mission to provide high-quality, cost-effective K-12 STEM education solutions to classrooms around the world, helping ensure students are ready to compete in our global, emerging economy” Skip concluded.
STEM refers to an integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines in the classroom. As we move into a more global and competitive economy, STEM learning has become increasingly important in helping students develop their critical thinking, problem solving, creative solutions and collaborative skills. Realising this, Robomatter practices a hands-on approach to excite and encourage students about science and technology. Additionally, its materials also incorporate real world applications that help develop students’ critical thinking skills.
Robomatter was founded in 2003 as an educational outreach of Carnegie Mellon University, which is well known for its research and expertise in robotics. Its programmes have been tested and certified through the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy. Robomatter is also a prominent robotics academy and leader in robotics educational products. Robomatter and iCarnegie Global Learning LLC (a subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University) work cohesively to prepare students to compete in the emerging economy.
A leading provider of innovative ICT education programmes for schools, Eduspec offers a range of products and services including IT learning labs as well as e-learning and innovative programmes such as Robotics and School Management Systems in the Asia Pacific region. Here in Malaysia, it supplies these teaching and learning materials to local schools.
（亚洲卡耐基梅隆教育企业（CM Asia Learning）是一家在新加玻成立的公司。亚洲卡耐基梅隆教育企业是卡耐基全球网络教育（iCarnegie Global Learning）的STEM机械教育和亚太区中小学STEM电脑科学教育课程的经销商。今天，亚洲卡耐基梅隆教育企业和拉曼大学学院（Tunku Abdul Rahman University College，简称为TAR UC）于进行一项谅解备忘录签署仪式，让马来西亚的学府能够引用顶尖的Robomatter教学课程，受惠学生。老师和学生将享有特别待遇，在相关课程的培训中学习，此课程也受拉曼大学学院、世界最顶尖的机械教育学府及研究所以及卡耐基梅隆机械教育学院认证。另外，育式培控股集团（Eduspec Holdings Berhad）被委托为这次的谅解备忘录签署仪式及课程的部署代理单位。
马来西亚交通部长兼拉曼大学学院理事会主席拿督斯里廖中莱为这项签署仪式主持开幕。出席者包括教育部副部长张盛闻、Robomatter Inc. 企业主席Skip Smith、Robomatter Inc. 首席科技官Timothy Friez、我国部分华校校长、学校家教学会成员等。大家待仪式结束后，受邀午餐聚会，一起捞生，乘新年期间欢庆教育里程碑更上一层楼。
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Liow: Malaysia needs more tech experts to drive innovation
What is the entry level for Sandbloqs implementation?
Sandbloqs is used at the entry level at STEM with CS5, designed for students in Lower Secondary/High School (Sec 1 and 2/Grade 1 and 2).
What is Sandbloqs?
Sandbloqs is designed by Robomatter, exclusive to our STEM with Computer Science program. It is made for the progresssion from completion of STEM with CS 1 to 4 which uses SCRATCH. Like SCRATCH, Sandbloqs is a block-based programming language.
The entry level for Sandbloqs is at STEM with CS5 which begins with designing a program on Sandbloqs and learn how objects in the world can be represented as a set of attributes and procedures.
What hardware and software are required for STEM with Computer Science implementation?
At all levels, students would only require a laptop (Windows or Mac), some level of internet access with a preferred speed of 5-10mbps and the necessary installers that are readily available on the exclusive CM Asia’s Learning Management System, based on the levels they are in.
Software required at different levels are,
STEM with CS 1 to 4: MIT Scratch
STEM with CS 5 to 6: Robomatter Sandbloqs (exclusive to our STEM with CS program)
STEM with CS 7 to 8: Google Android Studio
STEM with CS 9 to 10: Unity 3D
What are the entry levels for Robotics Program?
Our program entry levels are RBT1, RBT3 and RBT6/7 (refer to red stars indicated in the chart).
- At RBT1: This is the basic entry course, which is designed for the lower Primary, P1 to 3.
- At RBT3: This is the intermediate entry course, which is designed for the upper Primary, P4 to 6.
- At RBT6/7: This is the advance entry course, which is designed for the Secondary level, S1 to 4.
Why Primary/Grade 4 to 6 are suggested to start the program at RBT3 and not RBT1?
Our curriculum and related activities are age-appropriate. Hence, if we were to teach Primary 4 to 6 students who are already at the age of 10 to 12 with RBT1, it will be too simple for them.
RBT3 is the recommended entry point for the Primary/Grade 4 to 6 levels.
For students who start at RBT3, will they miss the RBT1 and 2 lessons?
No. At the entry-level courses, students will be provided with bridging lessons to understand RBT1 and 2 courses and equipped them with the necessary knowledge and skill sets to fully understand the basic of the program.
Why the entry point at RBT6/7 at the intermediate level and not basic RBT1?
Our courses are developed based on age-appropriateness. It is not advisable to start the secondary to the basic level of courses, as they will find it too simple. Hence, we have designed the entry point at RBT6/7 for the secondary.
The entry-level course will have bridging lessons to equipped students with the necessary knowledge and skills for full understanding of the basic levels of the program.
With no experience, are the students able to understand without going through the basic?
Yes. All our entry-level courses are designed with bridging lessons to familiarize the students with the basic of the program.
What’s in Robot Virtual World (RVW)© ? At which level will this be implemented and how does it help the students?
Robot Virtual World© (RVW) is a simulation environment to test strategies and if the robot works as planned. It is a perfect complement to the building a physical robot with minimal errors.
Till date, CM Asia Learning is the only educational provider in the region who complements their curriculum with RVW in the education space. The RVW is a simulation environment that comes with building and design tools to test and trial their programmed robots. RVW allows students to do the exact Math trial in the virtual space that provides 100% accurate measurement to building their dream robots.
Once students start the STEM with Robotics program; at any levels, they will have their own personalised RVW accounts where they can work on and offline.
Is STEM with Robotics designed only for Primary School Levels (Grade 1 to 6)?
No. There are courses designed for Primary, Secondary to Pre-University levels.
We have courses from RBT1 to 10. Our programs’ permutation is drawn based on request.
Please contact us to discuss a better-designed program for you.
What are the differences between LEGO EV3 and VEX IQ?
The key differences are mainly in the technical specificiations and cost, please see table below.
Nonetheless, both LEGO EV3 and VEX IQ serve the same purpose of engaging students and contextualize learning that includes robot stimulation software (Robot Virtual World©). It emphasizes the Big Ideas in STEM with Robotics, such as Computational Thinking, Communication & Collaboration and through the use of Technology and Engineering to deliver the curriculum.
All our STEM programs are designed to encourage student centric learning.
Will students earn certification after they complete the program?
Yes, there will be an option to choose between a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy or CM Asia Learning’s certification.
All students will receive an Acknowledge of Completion from CM Asia Learning after each completed courses.
New methodology will transform STEM in the Malaysian classroom, says Eduspec
New methodology will transform STEM in the Malaysian classroom, says Eduspec
Our Very First Exhibition at Digital Education Show Asia (DESA) in Malaysia, KL
The Digital Education Show Asia 2016
- Event name: The Digital Education Show Asia 2016.
- Date: 18-19 April 2016.
- Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Exhibition Hall 4 & 5.
- Visit us at Booth 66.
- Experience and compete your VEX robots on the educational field. Stand a chance to win HexBugs!
- CM Asia Learning’s Program Director will be speaking about Advocacy of STEM Education – Computational thinking as the new literacy of the 21st Century on 18 April, 230pm.
- Introduction to VEX robotics as a learning tool in the STEM Classroom and get the chance for a hands-on experience.
CM Asia Learning participated at the recent DESA exhibition on the 18th to 19th April 2016 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The purpose of this is to create more awareness about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the Asia Market and the programs offered by CM Asia Learning.
Programs offered by CM Asia Learning includes: STEM with Computer Science Program, STEM with Robotics Program, STEM with Entertainment Technology Program and STEM Educator Training Program
STEM is the future of education, students need to equipped themselves with 21st century skill sets such as critical thinking, problem solving, brain-storming, discipline and creativity to stand a competitive edge in the new generation workforce.
Showcase of STEM with Robotics Program
At the booth, CM Asia Learning offered visitors the opportunity to experience the challenge of using VEX IQ robotics, by working as a pair to pick up blocks with a number value denomination; Blue:1, Red:3, Green:5. They were required to stack a minimum 3 cubes to meet a randomly drawn number equation as fast as possible. The quickest record time will win a prize with the best time score at 26secs!
This challenge is a sneak peak to learning benefits of STEM with Robotics program, which is about cultivating resilience, collaboration learning, problem solving and a fun way to learning the four components of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in a STEM classroom.
Winners of the Robot Challenge! The champion pair managed to solve the challenge in only 26 seconds, followed by 34 seconds and 45 seconds. (Winners from left to right)
It was a fruitful event!
It is more than just an exhibition, CM Asia Learning’s Program Director, Ng Puay San spoke on the first day of the DESA ‘s conference on the topic of ‘Advocacy of STEM education – Introducing computational thinking as the new literacy of the 21st century’. Her insightful presentation has provided the educators on the importance of the computational thinking for the 21st century school and working world.
Our Program Director, Ng Puay San presenting on the topic of ‘Advocacy of STEM education – Introducing computational thinking as the new literacy of the 21st century’.
On the second day of the event, we have CM Asia Learning’s Model Design Engineer, Fikri Akmal who conducted an on floor demonstration of using VEX robots in the STEM classroom.
Fikri Akmal, Model Design Engineer giving an introduction about VEX robots and the application of VEX robots in STEM classroom.
Participants are given a chance to hands-on with VEX robots and ask any relevant questions regarding to STEM with Robotics.
If you are interested to find out more about CM Asia Learning’s STEM programs, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.