Secondary school students explore drone tech in workshop

Secondary school students enjoying the opportunity to explore drone technology and its applications at the oil, gas and energy industry in the workshop.

THE Asia Oil and Gas Conference (AOGC) 2019 Student Programme returned this year with a drone workshop at Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor.

Established in 2017, the programme aimed at encouraging secondary school students to better understand the fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) and support the Government’s initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

In line with AOGC 2019’s theme of “Forging A New Energy Future”, the four-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or commonly known as a drone, was chosen as the learning tool for this year’s student programme.

The programme was sponsored by Petronas, ExxonMobil and Repsol, supported by the Education Ministry and Petrosains as the collaborative partner.

Speaking at the launch of

the programme at Petrosains, AOGC 2019 organising committee chairman Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof said: “This hands-on

programme also aims to expose students on the usage of technology in the oil, gas and energy industry by giving them the opportunity to experience the latest innovative trends through exciting informal learning modules.”

The event was also attended by Education Ministry Fully Residential School Management Division senior deputy director Aniza Kamaruzaman.

Secondary schools from around the country, totalling 80 students from 20 schools, were selected to participate in a host of exciting informal learning programmes such as workshops, video projects, drone challenge and project pitching.

An award ceremony will be held to acknowledge the winners as well as all participants for completing the course.

The first phase of the programme, which comprised of workshops and video project submission, took place this month at SM Sains Selangor and Petrosains.

The second phase of the programme, comprising of drone challenge, project pitching and awards ceremony, will be held during AOGC 2019, from June 23 to 25, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

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