An education application titled, Think! Think!, has been officially launched last week at Bakou Primary School in Kandal province. The software developed by Hanamaru Education Cambodia (HEC) was created to assist student’s knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects.
Daiki Watanabe, chief executive officer at HEC said, the desktop application has been developed after the successful launch of its mobile application. “The software is not only for students to practice their STEM skills but also to improve the speed of their thinking,” he said.
Adding, that the three-year project was supported by the Ministry of Education and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The application will be installed across eight primary school computer labs in selected provinces such as; Kandal, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Kampong Chham, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. To assist with the programmes installation, experts from HEC will guide students and teachers on how to use the application at the selected schools.
The ministry has instructed the application will be included in the study curriculum for Grades 4 – 6 and will be used two sessions a week for 20 minutes each session.
Ide Naoko, a project formulation advisor at JICA, said that studies conducted by HEC have shown a successful increase in student interest of STEM subjects when using the application.
“We would like to see the application help more Cambodian students be interested in STEM subjects,” Naoko said.
“JICA hopes to see the application utilised by all Cambodian primary schools based on the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport’s official curriculum,” she added.
The Think! Think! application won fifth place in the Best App for Kids category at the Google Play Awards in 2017.