meriSTEM@NIE Singapore is a platform in which STEM disciplines and Education may be integrated to push frontiers in STEM education research and teaching. meriSTEM@NIE Singapore bears a unique identity in fostering cross-disciplinary STEM education research and disseminating evidence-based findings, programmes and curricula relevant to Singapore.
The term meristem refers to the tissue in plants that consists of undifferentiated cells that can rapidly divide to form more cells. These meristematic cells therefore form the areas of active growth in plants, and they have the potential to develop into all the various types of cells in the plant.
As a cross-disciplinary group of researchers and practitioners with multi-centric interest in and across education, research, and industry in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (hence the acronym, meriSTEM), we love this idea of being the engines of growth and development in the STEM domains.
Linked hexagons are associated with all the STEM disciplines. Meristematic cells (in biology), aromatic compounds (in chemistry), and honeycomb structures (in biology, physics, technology, and engineering) all appear as a pattern of interconnected hexagons, which are in themselves geometric shapes (in mathematics). This key design motif in the logo represents the integrative and multi-centric nature of meriSTEM@NIE Singapore.