Cambodia’s 16th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival is being held virtually this year for the first time, between January 25 and 29, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
STEM Education Organization for Cambodia (STEMEOC) is working to promote education to the younger generations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Una McCarthy-Fakhry, a director of STEMEOC, said this year’s festival is being held under the theme “Future Ready”, will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Education and supported by the Ministry of Environment. The virtual event will expand beyond its usual focus in the capital city, providing a platform to present STEM topics to young students across the country with information on the range of exciting careers they can lead to.
She said there will be a different STEM topic live-streamed each day. Viewers will meet Cambodia’s STEM stars, learn about each STEM field and be entertained by creative STEM-inspired performances from both professionals and budding young stars.
“The virtual delivery offers a new and precious opportunity to reach out beyond Phnom Penh. We estimate a minimum audience of 25,000 students across all 25 provinces,” Una said.
She said now is a more important time than ever to invest in the global science community, as STEM will play a key role in recovery from the current pandemic.