MIRI: Curtin University Malaysia’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Student Chapter organised a two-day community outreach programme to highlight the importance of tertiary education to children of Kampung Lembah Hijau in Riam near here.
Thirty children aged 10 to 12 participated in the programme, which involved educational workshops and activities related to engineering and science as well as an overnight stay at the campus.
The workshops were conducted by lecturers from the the university’s Engineering and Science Faculty. The children were taught to apply the basic concepts of science and critical thinking skills and demonstrate leadership qualities. Other activities included chemistry and physics lab projects, solving online quizzes, programming, mathematics and a robotic programme.
Organising chairman Gibson Tan Yao Sheng said outreach programme was a success due to the strong support from the villagers and SK Kampung Luak.
“I would like to thank sponsors, including Assistant Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin, academic staff and student facilitators for their assistance,” she said.
In a separate event, Curtin Malaysia’s IChemE Student Chapter organised a membership talk to highlight the roles of IChemE, the benefits of joining the student chapter, and the importance of gaining chartered chemical engineer status to staff and students of Curtin Malaysia. The talk was delivered by IChemE South-East Asia regional manager Mohan Balasingam.
Membership benefits include digital subscription to The Chemical Engineer magazine, online access to Knovel e-library, access to a network of contacts in regional and technical special interest groups, as well as opportunities for personal and career development.
Curtin Malaysia IChemE Student Chapter serves as a platform to promote awareness among chemical engineering students on the latest developments in the field of chemical engineering as well as create opportunities for them to expand their professional networks.
It is a global professional engineering institution for chemical, biochemical, and process engineers and other related professionals worldwide with over 44,000 members in over 120 countries. — By ANSOVINA CHAI