30,000 Malaysian special needs students to benefit from UPSI STEM partnership

Expertise from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, the Perak State Education Department as well as IBM teaching strategies have been called into play.

By AvantiKumar
June 12, 2017

UPSI IBM Special Needs STEM in Malaysia

Photo - Ministry of Education's Special Education Division Deputy Head, Mr Wan Mohd Noor bin Wan Endut

"This Teachers TryScience project for special needs education is an innovative step that is aligned to the country's vision that builds skills in special education teachers and encourages interest and nurtures critical thinking skills in special needs students," said Wan Mohd during the launch, which also included an exhibition of lesson plans created by Science teachers from the first phase of Teachers TryScience.

More than 100 special education teachers and non-profit organisations working in the areas of hearing and vision impairments attended the launch.
"This programme is part of IBM's commitment to enable educators, especially special education teachers to build important skills that will allow them to effectively nurture a generation of young leaders that will help propel the country into a digital driven cognitive era, " commented IBM Malaysia managing director Ms Chong Chye Neo. "With this grant, we would have invested RM265,000 [US$62,155] towards innovating STEM instruction and education in Malaysia."

As part of the Teachers TryScience for Special Needs grant, UPSI will lead the professional development training for more than 200 special education teachers at the primary school level in using hands-on learning and as a result stand to benefit more than 600 special needs students in the state of Perak.

The project will also work with special needs educators working with non-profit organisations. An instructional video and the developed lesson plans will be made available at no cost to all educators through the Teachers TryScience online resource at www.teacherstryscience.org.

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