In the case of Indonesia, the need for STEM Education is very high. Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics Indonesia (2010) shows that Indonesian workforce is dominated by unskilled workers (nearly 90 million) compared to only 28 million of skilled workers. Being competent and informed in STEM are not only necessary for jobs but also for daily life and participation in the community. This situation presents a special challenge to education to prepare students who have such skills. The current school curriculum and teachers teaching practice, however, do not focus on improvement of students’ STEM competencies. The HEAD Foundation has thus offered a grant to Dr Kenneth Lim (National Institute of Education, Singapore) and Professor Ari Widodo (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia) in 2017 to continue their work on the open-source environmental sensors in schools in Bandung, Indonesia. This project describes a design for schools in countries in the ASEAN region to leverage a networked mesh of open-source environmental sensors to help teachers surface students’ evolving intuitions and conceptions about their local microclimate through a STEM-based curriculum. The Foundation is also supporting other STEM Education related initiatives, including Asian Science Camp 2017 and projects led by UTAR “Skills for Industry 4.0 and STEM Education – a regional research to identify future skill gaps” and Arus Academy “Rekindle Interest in Learning through STEM and Maker Education”.
Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics Indonesia (2010) shows that Indonesian workforce is dominated by unskilled workers (nearly 90 million) compared to only 28 million of skilled workers.