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Camp chal­lenges young in­no­va­tors

- Education · Malaysia · Miri · Curtin University of Technology · Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers · Faculty of Engineering · Sime Darby

MIRI: A two-day Young In­no­va­tors Chal­lenge Miri Boot­camp was held last week­end at Curtin Univer­sity Malaysia campus to in­stil an in­ter­est in Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Mathematic­s (STEM) among sec­ondary school stu­dents.

Fa­cil­i­tated by stu­dent men­tors from the In­sti­tu­tion of Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neers (IEEE) Stu­dent Branch of Curtin Malaysia, 134 stu­dents and 18 teach­ers from 14 sec­ondary schools here at­tended the camp.

They had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore Ar­duino, an open-source elec­tronic pro­to­typ­ing plat­form that en­ables users to cre­ate in­ter­ac­tive elec­tronic ob­jects, as well as share their project ideas for the first- ever Curtin IEEE Dig­i­tal Maker Expo, which will take place on May 12-13.

The an­nual Young In­no­va­tors Chal­lenge Miri Boot­camp is a plat­form for youths to ex­plore cod­ing and prob­lem solv­ing us­ing Ar­duino as an em­bed­ded sys­tem.

Par­tic­i­pants work in teams of two or three to iden­tify re­al­world chal­lenges and come up with in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions us­ing their newly ac­quired tech­ni­cal and think­ing skills.

This year’s boot camp pre­sented var­i­ous themes such as Food and Agri­cul­ture, Au­to­mo­tive/ Mo­bil­ity, Health­care, Home and Shel­ter, Heavy Equip­ment and Ma­chin­ery, and Re­tail­ing.

Elec­tri­cal and com­puter en­gi­neer­ing se­nior lec­turer and IEEE Stu­dent Branch ad­vi­sor Dr Gar­enth Lim said 60 teams from 20 schools are ex­pected to show­case their project pro­to­types at the Curtin IEEE Dig­i­tal Maker Expo.

“Our stu­dent men­tors have been trained to con­duct the work­shop and they are ex­cited to work with the school teams,” said Lim in a press state­ment.

Mean­while, Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and Sci­ence dean Pro­fes­sor Dr Lau Hieng Ho said lead­er­ship skills are best gained through the act of giv­ing.

“What bet­ter way to learn than to teach. I look for­ward to seeing the projects pro­duced by the sec­ondary school stu­dents and I hope to see more young peo­ple tak­ing an in­ter­est in STEM,” said Lau.

At the up­com­ing Dig­i­tal Maker Expo, teams will be judged on their prob­lem def­i­ni­tions, de­signs and so­lu­tion im­pact.

The top six teams will then pitch their projects to a panel of judges on May 13 to vie for the top 15 spots in the na­tional fi­nals of the Young In­no­va­tors Chal­lenge 2017 hosted by Sime Darby Foun­da­tion, the na­tional or­gan­iser.

Schools in­ter­ested to be part of the Young In­no­va­tors Chal­lenge can con­tact Chum­baka Miri un­der the All Aboard Young Lead­ers Cen­tre on 013- 839 9857 or email haslina@ al­laboard­ylc.org.

 ??  ?? One of the boot camp teams com­pletes an as­signed task.
One of the boot camp teams com­pletes an as­signed task.

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