UP NISMED and STEM Partners Collaborate for the 4th Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia

The University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED), in collaboration with the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for STEM Education (SEAMEO STEM-ED), Unilab Foundation, Center for Integrated STEM Education (CISTEM), and STEM Leadership Alliance US, hosted the 4th Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia. The summit took place from 11-13 June 2024 at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

With the theme “Navigating the AI Revolution: Equipping Asia’s Workforce and Learners for the Future,” the summit gathered a diverse group of educators, policymakers, industry leaders, and technology experts. The event served as a springboard for discussing how to prepare Asia’s learners and workforce for success in an AI-driven future, exploring both the affordances and challenges posed by artificial intelligence.

UP NISMED Director, Dr. Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola (5th from left), together with three UP NISMED staff, pose for a photo opportunity with some officials and members of SEAMEO STEM-ED, Unilab Foundation, CISTEM, and the International Labor Organization.

Dr. Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola, Director of UP NISMED, made significant contributions as a resource person in two key forums. The first forum discussed the topic “STEM Education in the Age of AI,” highlighted the UP NISMED’s efforts to integrate computational thinking (CT) and AI into the K-12 science and mathematics curricula. Dr. Monterola also shared various initiatives aimed at developing AI literacy among teachers and learners. The second forum, “STEM in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET),” focused on the development of a learning design framework that incorporates STEM competencies into TVET programs. Additionally, Dr. Monterola moderated a workshop aimed at crafting recommendations for identifying key educational inputs for STEM policy priorities.

Dr. Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola shares her insights on the development of a learning design framework that incorporates STEM competencies into TVET programs.

The summit also featured presentations from several distinguished keynote speakers, including Dr. Vijay Kumar, Senior Advisor to VP Open Learning and Chancellor for Academic Advancement at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Prof. Cynthia Breazeal, Dean for Digital Learning, and Director of RAISE at MIT; Dr. Kritsachai Somsaman, Centre Director of SEAMEO STEM-ED; Mr. Keith Swanson, Manager of Cybersecurity Risk and Analysis Enterprise Technology at Arizona State University; Mr. Patompob Suwansiri, CEO of Thaicom Public Company Limited; Mr. Charles Sam Gemars, former NASA Astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army; Ms. Kelli List Wells, CEO and Founder of the STEM Leadership Alliance in Career and Technology Education; and Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice President for the National Smart Technology Innovation Center at Tennessee State University. They provided valuable insights and shared their experiences, programs, and initiatives in the application of AI within their respective fields.

(L-R) Mr. Jobeth G. Martecio, Mr. Renz G. Salas, Dr. Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola, and  Mr. Ralph Ian M. Robles represent UP NISMED during the summit.

UP NISMED academic staff Mr. Jobeth G. Martecio, Mr. Renz G. Salas, and Mr. Ralph Ian M. Robles participated in the summit as part of the organizing committee. At UP NISMED, they are also members of the team that worked on integrating AI and CT in the science and mathematics curricula.

UP NISMED’s role as a co-organizer of the summit demonstrates its commitment to embracing AI and promoting its responsible use to improve science and mathematics education in the country.