TAN Eugene is only nine and he got to “fly” an airplane.
He was earlier given the opportunity to build his own airplane made out of polystyrene, rubber bands, wires, wood, plastics and others — thanks to the Keysight After School program held at the Penang Science Cafe@Heritage in Weld Quay.
“I want to be a pilot when I grow up. I am happy now that I understand the function of the plane’s various parts.
“This is my first time building a plane,” he said after flying his plane.
His father Tan Kheng Peng, 39, said that he encouraged his children to take part in educational programmes to allow them a hands-on experience.
“Children need to be exposed to different educational materials other than just learning in classrooms.
“Educational programmes and workshops help children to better understand the subjects and this also encourages them to interact withothers well,” said the IT manager.
The programme attracted more than 100 children.
Children were given the chance to build an airplane model and a hydrolift.
Keysight Technologies corporate relations director Jenny Foo said the children were able to bring home the end-product after building them.
“We want the children to have fun while learning about science.
“They were able to learn the concept of aerodynamics and hydraulic when they build their models.
“Keysight supports programmes designed to increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” she said.