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STEMIE Invention Professional Development for Pre-U Educators


“We are attempting to educate students today so that they will be ready to solve future problems that have not yet been identified using technologies not yet invented based on scientific knowledge not yet discovered” -J.J. Lagowski

IDE Academy believes that all children should have invented at least once, better yet twice, during their school careers.  Students learn to solve real world problems through STEMIE® invention and entrepreneurship program to prepare them for the future workforce. They develop the habits of an inventor, the mindset and spirit of an entrepreneur – the 21st century skills!

This 3-days course prepares school educators to conduct the STEMIE® invention curriculum.  It teaches the STEMIE® 7-step framework which recognizes STEM core subject matter in combination with invention and entrepreneurship learning.    There is no prior technical, engineering or startup skills required.  During the course, educators will experience the journey from innovator to entrepreneur, engage in hands-on activities to make connections using simple STEM concepts to become confident STEMIE®  invention educators.


Date(s): 10 to 12 February 2020
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Venue: NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre (Buona Vista)
Closing Date:
27 January 2020
Course Fee: Standard: S$1926.00   View more
Registration fees inclusive of:
  • Prevailing GST
  • Complimentary lunch
  • Light refreshments
  • Course materials


At the end of the course, educators will be able to:

1. Connect STEM foundational skills with invention education to develop a strong problem solving mindset.

2. Apply the 7 steps of STEMIE® invention process. 

3. Teach and engage students of diverse abilities with the localised STEMIE® curriculum. 

4. Introduce and develop mindset and spirit of entrepreneurship to students.

5. Experience the journey from inventor to entrepreneur. 


Day 1:        STEMIE® Invention Process

1. Why teach invention education to children?
a) Understand the goals and philosophy of STEMIE®.
b) Learn the differences between Making, Coding and Invention           Movements.

2. Learn and apply the 7 Stages of STEMIE® invention
a) Learn the value of re-engineering in innovation
b) Use SCAMPER as a tool for brainstorming and ideation.
c)  Identify the steps in STEMIE® invention

3. What are the habits of an innovator?

4.  Identify the importance of an invention log
a) What is the purpose of an invention log?
b)  How to organize your invention log?

Day 2:        Conduct STEMIE® curriculum

1. Introducing STEMIE® into your school
a) How to organize the school program
b) How to setup the classroom for invention education

2. Introducing the STEMIE® lesson plans
a) Understand the format and contents of the STEMIE lesson plans
b) Objectives of facilitator notes in lesson plans
c)  Making connections with core subject matter

3. Planning your lessons
a) How to facilitate STEMIE® lessons?
b) Classroom Management tips
c) Select appropriate activities for learners

4. Conducting your lessons
a) Watch a demonstration of a STEMIE® lesson
b) Prepare your lesson plans
c) Conduct a lesson
d) Making connections with core STEM subjects

Day 3:        From innovator to entrepreneur

1. Understand the importance of entrepreneurship for inventors
a) Learn how an inventor is firstly an entrepreneur.       

2. What are the underlying principles of entrepreneurship?
a) Identify the spirit and mindset of the entrepreneurial inventor    

3. Educators, embark on the journey from invention to entrepreneur
a) Using simple STEM concepts, take on the role of an entrepreneurial inventor.

4. Conducting STEMIE® lesson plans on entrepreneurship  

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Soon, Nancy

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. 

Nair, Rekha

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.

Teachers and Trainers who would appreciate and apply entrepreneurship and innovation concepts at their workplace.
Standard Course Fee S$1926.00
Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Cat-A SSG Funded Courses1


Enhanced Training Support for SMEs2


Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)3


Workfare Training Support (WTS)4

Standard Course Fee $1926.00
Course fee payable after funding or subsidy, if eligible under various schemes
Course fee payable after Discount^

Group of 3 pax and above


NTU/NIE Alumni, Staff & Students


NTUC Member

- All fees stated are inclusive of 7% GST
- SkillsFuture Credit can be used to offset course fees payable.
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