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STEM in the industry

STEM in the industry

Talk for MOE Science Curriculum Committee 29th July 2015


July 29, 2015

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  1. whoami • Currently • Software Engineer at PayPal Singapore •

    Head of Developer Outreach at PayPal Singapore • Executive Committee at IAmTalented.SG • Previously • Engineer at BillPin + homie.co + 99.co • Engineer at Chalkboard • Chief Organizer at GeekcampSG • Organizer of StartupRootsSG • Taught introductory programming for 2 semesters in NUS
  2. “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is

    perilous” -Confucius “学而不思则惘,思而不学则怠。”
  3. “Even a circus lion learns to sit on a chair

    in fear of the whip, but you call such a lion well-trained, not well-educated.” Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEVw1CeiGNM
  4. Differences Industrial Economy • Repetitive tasks • Soldering wires together

    • QC checks • Process oriented organizations • McDonald’s • Textile manufacturing plants • No need to innovate • Following the instructions is enough Knowledge Based Economy • Ever changing tasks • Engineering problems are often different from what has been done before • Organizations organized around deliverables • What each team does is no longer clearly defined • Innovation required • Due to ever changing problems, people on the ground have to react to changes
  5. Now

  6. Effects • Kids are given the chance to explore •

    Kids are actually doing experiments, as opposed to following the textbook • Failure becomes acceptable, because kids have no idea what to expect
  7. We just need to not kill off the belief that

    kids have when they are young. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9HypBG3z4Q