Frugal STEM

Providing teachers with innovative pedagogical approaches and curriculum transformation.

Case Study - Vietnam

Introduction

The Frugal STEM case study takes place in Hoa Binh, a mountainous province in the North of Vietnam. It is part of ACES Vietnam’s Playful School model which features the use of Playful learning and Frugal aspects in education. This case study consists of teacher training workshops in various districts, focusing on gamification, STEM hackathons, design thinking and evaluation of a design based on Frugal and Playful aspects.

Target Audience

The project involved over 1,100 participants: 1,000 students and more than 100 teachers in three local secondary schools of both primary and secondary levels across three schools in Hoa Binh City, Noong Luong, and Cao Phong in the Hoa Binh Province. In addition, its indirect beneficiaries included the school children’s family and the local community. This is also a model educational framework for other schools/institutions in the province and the nation.

Hoa Binh City

Hoa Binh Province
Vietnam

Noong Luong

Hoa Binh Province
Vietnam

Cao Phong

Hoa Binh Province
Vietnam

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 5: Gender Equality

Aims & Objectives

The Frugal STEM project aims to provide teachers with innovative pedagogical approaches and curriculum transformation in alignment with the Ministry of Education and Training’s policy (2018). Teachers are able to (i) gain insights into Frugal and Playful education, (ii) co-design learning materials and activities, (iii) demonstrate their lesson plans and teaching; and (iv) showcase their curriculum development.

sIn the workshops, teachers and students experienced playful learning and frugal education through gamification such as Folding Scope, Recycled Fish Tank, Maze Maths, Rainbow Science, MadLib Theatre, Escape Games, History Improvisation, and more, guided by the ACES Team. They then worked together, analysed the frugal and playful aspects of their designs, and co-designed a toolkit of playful learning activities, which are both context-based and textbook-adapted, making use of frugal materials and cultural aspects.

These activities empowered teachers and students’ capability in addressing local issues and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 3 – Good health and well-being; SDG 4 – Quality education; and SDG 5 – Gender equality. Resilience, cultural awareness, and employability were also in focus to support younger generations in building their future.

Timeline

The case study has been active since September 2020 and is set to complete by June 2022. It consists of 4 major sections: (i) Introduction of ACES and Frugal STEM, (ii) Gamification/Design Thinking, (iii) Evaluation of a design based on Playful and Frugal Aspects, (iv) Gamification Hackathons and Showcases.

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Hoa Binh City

Hoa Binh Province
Vietnam

Noong Luong

Hoa Binh Province
Vietnam

Cao Phong

Hoa Binh Province
Vietnam