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As new global challenges arise due to the advancements of technology, more equipped teachers are crucial to thriving in a rapidly evolving digital era. Also, with the Covid-19 pandemic significantly reshaping the educational landscape in the Philippines, issues on teachers’ readiness and access to technology and other instructional resources for distance learning are among the top concerns. Hence, the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI) presented the 2020 DOST-SEI Project STAR International Conference with the theme “Innovations, Challenges and Transformation in STEM Education: Moving forward in a Post pandemic World”.  

Approximately 7000 teachers, educators, researchers, and education policy makers across the 17 regions of the Philippines virtually joined the conference to discuss the current state and future direction of local and international science and mathematics education.

 The conference included plenary sessions, research presentations, workshops, and exhibits. It served as an avenue for exchanging ideas, unique perspectives and experiences, innovations, and exemplary teaching practices, which can contribute to elevating the quality of teaching science and mathematics in the Philippines. The conference also offered an opportunity to meet and engage with potential collaborators promoting a sense of collaboration among science and mathematics teachers to share science and technology expertise and resources.