Nancy Soon, a software engineer turned teachapreneur has been in the education industry for over 21 years. A STEMIE® Train-the Trainer instructor and facilitator, Nancy co-founded IDE Academy which is Singapore’s sole affiliate of STEMIE® program from The Henry Ford Museum(THF). She is currently a member of THF affiliate advisory committee and a judge at both Singapore, China and U.S. events.
Nancy believes in laying the foundation to critical thinking, invention education and communication skills during every child’s school career. She conducts workshops for educators on invention education and entrepreneurship, continues to mentor and guides them in their facilitation of the program in their schools and centres. Over the past 21 years, Nancy has taught and trained more than 6,000 students and at least 500 teachers in Australia, America, China, South Korea, Indonesia and Singapore.
Nancy holds a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts from the U.S., a Diploma in Training and Development from UK and other professional certificates – STEMIE® Certified Trainer, NFTE, ACTA, Computing, Child psychology and Helen O’Grady Master Trainer in Communications.
Rekha Nair graduated from the National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University as a trained teacher in 1995 and has been in the education industry for over 24 years. As an educator, Rekha has worked with a diverse group of students from pre-schoolers to adults, including trained teachers. A trained STEMIE invention educator from The Henry Ford Museum in U.S.A, Rekha had conducted several STEMIE workshops for Singapore educators and mentored them on the journey. She has conducted invention education classes for students these past 2 years and was both an online and onsite judge in the U.S. and Singapore events.
Rekha has designed curriculum for different target audience, covering a variety of subjects - regular school curriculum, invention education, zoology and life science topics. Rekha has also given talks at local and international conferences, including the Special Education (SPED) Conference, Start Small Dream Big Initiative, Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Conference, ITE Eco Conference, International Zoo Educators’ (IZE) Conference, among others, and conducted training workshops as part of the concurrent sessions at the conferences.
Rekha has participated in different organising committees for various large-scale events like the Southeast Asia Zoos Association (SEAZA) Conference and Grand Opening of River Safari Singapore, to reach out to various segments of the community, including the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) for local student inventors.