STEM CONFERENCE 2020
Dr. Christine M. Cunningham
Professor of Education and Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
Christine M. Cunningham is a Professor at The Pennsylvania State University. She has previously served as a Vice-President at the Museum of Science, Boston, where she worked to make engineering and science more relevant, accessible, and understandable, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations. As the founding director of the groundbreaking Engineering is Elementary (EiE) project, she developed engineering curricula for preschool through middle school students and professional development for their teachers. As of August 2017, EiE has reached 14 million children and 172,000 educators nationwide.
Cunningham has also previously served as a Director of the Tufts University Centre for Engineering Educational Outreach, where her work focused on integrating engineering with science, technology, and math in professional development for K–12 teachers. She also directed the Women’s Experiences in College Engineering project, the first national, longitudinal, large-scale study of the factors that support young women pursuing engineering degrees. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and has been recognized with the K-12 and Pre-College Division Lifetime Achievement Award.
She also was awarded the 2014 International Society for Design and Development in Education Prize, the 2015 IEEE Pre-University Educator Award and the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize. In 2017 her work was recognized with the prestigious Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. She holds BA and MA degrees in biology from Yale and a PhD in science education from Cornell University.
Dr. Stuart Kohlhagen
The Science Nomad
Director, Science and Learning
Kellyware Pty Ltd
Dr. Kohlhagen is a Professor who dedicated his career to science and learning and supporting the professional development of educators around the world. He has worked with Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra for almost 40 years and has vastly contributed in shaping and delivering many of the programs, shows, and demonstrations that form a key part of the center’s activities and outreach programs.
He is a creator of The Science Nomad – a project aimed at supporting support educators and learners through the use of humble materials to provoke powerful learning and to gather and share from indigenous communities across the world indigenous knowledge and knowledge systems regarding science, technology, design, and innovations. For years, he has been implementing effective STEM education approaches and preparing educators for jobs of the future, all around the world.
He is also the designer of several public artworks – relating to a number of natural phenomena and has created a number of public encryption/code-based artworks. He has been awarded a Creative Fellowship by Wonder Walk Victoria to develop the concepts for several public science/art installations for the Melbourne CBD.
In 2000 he was awarded a Public Service Medal for his contribution to informal science education, and in 2013 won the “Iron Science Teacher” competition at the renowned San Francisco Exploratorium’s Teachers Institute. He graduated from ANU with a PhD (working on drug resistance and energy metabolism in parasites with Chris Bryant).
Associate Professor Teo Tang Wee
National Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)
National Institute of Education
Teo Tang Wee is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is currently the Co-Head of the Multi-centric Education Research & Industry STEM Centre at NIE (meriSTEM@NIE). She has been involved in STEM education and research for more than a decade. Prior to her doctorate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, she was a chemistry teacher at a STEM school. Her PhD work was about a U.S. STEM teacher doing reform work. She has published extensively in STEM education research and delivered keynotes at multiple STEM conferences. Her current research interest is in equity issues in STEM education.
Tang Wee was awarded the Singapore Ministry of Education Teaching Award to read Chemistry at the National University of Singapore. She was an active member of the Special Programme in Science and Talent Development Programme. In 2018, she was the recipient of the NIE Research Excellence Award and the Xilong Scientific - Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Industry Award in Chemistry Education.
In 2007-2011, she received the National Institute of Education Overseas Graduate Scholarship to pursue her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Ms Chua Shi Qian
Senior Assistant Director
Sciences Branch, Curriculum Planning & Development Division 1
Ministry of Education, Singapore
Shi Qian is the Senior Assistant Director (Science) at the Curriculum Planning & Development Division of the Ministry of Education, Singapore. She has previously worked in two secondary schools as an educator and served in several divisions in government agencies.
Prior to her current position, Shi Qian was the Head of Department (Special Projects) at Hong Kah Secondary School. She was instrumental in starting the school’s STEM Applied Learning programme named “Real-World Learning through Electronics”. She worked with teachers and partners (e.g. STEM Inc at Science Centre Singapore) to introduce electronics to students and teachers. As an educator who was new to the foray of STEM, Shi Qian kept herself abreast of the latest STEM issues and actively shared her learning with teachers and students.
Shi Qian believes that students should own the learning process and through purposeful play, students embrace the joy of learning. She is an advocate of learning by doing, experimenting and tinkering in groups. Shi Qian was awarded the 2017 Outstanding STEM Teacher Award by the Singapore Ministry of Education, for her contributions to the STEM Applied Learning Programme.