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For the love of science: Community promotes fun STEM education among students

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 3, 2020   /  06:14 pm
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Students try to assemble robots while participating in robotic competitions at a junior science fair, in Ancol Eco Park, Jakarta, in this 2013 photo. (Jakarta Post/Jerry Adiguna)

“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today -- especially in science, technology, engineering and math,” the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, said in one of his speeches on the Educate to Innovate campaign on Sept. 16, 2010. Indonesia has also started to practice what Obama said. Students are expected to learn many things related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), especially at school. However, this is not without flaws, as the students are not taught how to use that knowledge. In a bid to improve effective learning, several groups have called for more practice rather than memorizing. “Science at Indonesia’s schools is taught theoretically through textbooks. In fact, science needs to be taught through hands-on experience. Otherwise, it won’t attract children,” the founder of the Jakarta...