The Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) support the upcoming First Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia, organized by Unilab Foundation and the US-based STEM Leadership Alliance (SLA). Industry associations such as the Philippine Business for Social Progress, League of Corporate Foundations, Makati Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce have also endorsed the said event. The Summit is being co-presented by Microsoft, C&E Educational Solutions, UP College of Education, the Center for Integrated STEM Education and Pilipinas Shell Foundation.
The Summit envisions to provide a platform for cross-sectoral dialogue and collaboration among government, education, industry stakeholders in order to synergize their skills with the needs of both local and global communities towards building a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) ready 21st-century society.
“We welcome, therefore, the involvement of the DTI, DepEd and the DOST in this groundbreaking Summit, including the support of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Region. The participation of government underscores their critical role in mobilizing a unified front and gaining an influential voice in putting STEM at the forefront of our national development agenda,” stated by Lilibeth Aristorenas. Executive Director of Unilab Foundation.
With the theme, “Strengthening STEM Through Global Crossvergence” the Summit will be held from November 21-24, 2019 at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort in Cebu, Philippines.
Leading the elite roster of speakers in various fields and disciplines of STEM from Asia, Europe and U.S. are: Dr. Steve Swanson, former NASA astronaut and ISS Commander; Dr. Lance Bush, President & CEO of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education; Ms. Victoria Levin, Senior Economist of the World Bank; Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Lead Convenor of the Next Generation Science Standards and Ms. Lisa Benete, of the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office.
Educators, Dr. Vijay Kumar of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Manabu Sumida of Japan Society for Science Education and Mr. Daniel Rouan, President of La main à la pâte Foundation and a member of the French Academy of Sciences will add depth to the roster of speakers as they discuss their own initiatives in STEM education innovation.
With over 300 high-level STEM representatives from the Philippines and over ten countries in Asia expected to attend this groundbreaking event, the Summit hopes to lay the foundation for building a community of STEM champions who will work together towards advancing STEM Education and developing a STEM literate workforce who can navigate through the increasingly high tech, digital and connected work environment of the future. The Summit also hopes to develop more scientists, engineers, mathematicians, inventors, and leaders who will drive technological innovations and sustainable solutions for our rapidly changing world.
Launch of the STEM Leadership Alliance-PH
Aristorenas further announced, “The Summit presents an imperative for a strategic partnership among schools, educators, business, and community to share ideas and resources in aligning workforce needs with educational preparation and creating a culture of innovation. Hence, the Summit will continue the impetus to create the Philippine Affiliate of the US-based STEM Leadership Alliance which has contributed to the White House Strategic Plan for STEM Education.”
The end goal of the Summit is to make the formation of the STEM Leadership Alliance – Philippine Afﬁliate (SLA-PH) a broad coalition of industry leaders, educators, government, development partners, non-proﬁt organizations and corporate foundations committed to help strengthen STEM education in the Philippines. The coalition believes that STEM is critical in preparing today’s learners for the work of the future and in nurturing the next generation scientists and innovators who will address societal problems and contribute to the economic development and poverty alleviation of the country.
The formation of the alliance was spearheaded in the U.S. by the major organizations responsible for guiding learning standards and supporting teacher development in each of the STEM ﬁelds. These include the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the International Technology in Engineering Education Association (ITEEA), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). All these groups are partners and shareholders in providing a uniﬁed voice advocating alignment across government, businesses, schools, and parents’ interests.
Who should attend the Summit?
The Summit welcomes individuals and organizations who would like to understand the global landscape of STEM education, share and learn best practices firsthand from speakers and delegates from Asia, Europe, and U.S. The Summit is open to the members of the Government, Industry and Education sector, including Business/Industry Leaders, Government officials and Policymakers, Superintendents and District Leaders, Principals, Teachers Associations, Post-Secondary Education Leaders, Technical and Vocational Education Providers, Out-of-School Providers, Museum Curators, Non-profit Educational Organizations and Foundations.
The First Integrated STEM Summit in Asia is presented by the US-based STEM Leadership Alliance, and Unilab Foundation, together with Microsoft Philippines, C&E Educational Solutions, the Center for Integrated STEM (CISTEM), the University of the Philippines College of Education, and Pilipinas Shell Foundation.
The Summit is co-convened by the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and endorsed by the Philippine Business for Social Progress, League of Corporate Foundations, Makati Business Club and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce have also endorsed the said event.
Likewise, the Summit is being held in partnership with five (5) major educational institutions based in the U.S. namely, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM), the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the American Association for Engineering Education (ASEE).
The event is supported by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), The Teacher’s Gallery, and Pointwest.
For partnership opportunities and inquiries about the event, contact the STEM+ PH team through (+632) 858-1000 loc. 8228, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.(PR)