The Macao Base for Primary & Secondary STEM Education, established by the University of Macau (UM), has launched an On-the-Go Project, which aims to popularise science and technology in local secondary and primary schools with the aid of compact demonstration kits. So far, the UM STEM Car, a special vehicle dedicated to this purpose, has visited seven local schools, attracting more than 500 teachers and students.
During the tours, professors Tam Kam Weng, U Leong Hou and Lam Chi Chiu from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Prof Pan Hui from the Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, and Dr Pey-Tee Oon from the Faculty of Education, along with their postgraduate students, presented the four STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) kits, namely the Novel STEM Experimental Kit, the Quadrotor, the Hovercraft, and the 3D Scanner, to the students and explained relevant theories and their applications in daily life. The schools that have been visited by the UM STEM Car are the Workers’ Children High School, Keang Peng School, Pui Ching Middle School, The Affiliated School of the University of Macau, Saint Paul School Macau, Escola Católica Estrela do Mar, and Macau Baptist College.
The UM STEM Car is part of the On-the-Go Project launched by the Macao Base for Primary & Secondary STEM Education, which was established in June 2018 by UM in collaboration with several other institutions, including Macau Science and Technology Development Fund, the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, the Chinese Educators’ Association of Macau, Macau Catholic Schools Association, Macao Science Center, and Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau. With UM’s Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion as the core component, the base launches a series of STEM programmes to support science popularisation in Macao and provide continuous training for teachers and students in local secondary schools. The base is also committed to promoting science education in Macao by collaborating with different sectors of society.