THE annual Penang International Science Fair has been called off due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Penang Science Cluster (PSC) chief executive officer Ooi Peng Ee said notices were sent out to all participants about the cancellation.
“This is a sensitive time for factories as the fair involved participation by factory employees and volunteers.
“Therefore, if there was a case, it could affect the factories’ operations, ” he said at a computer devices handover ceremony at PSC in George Town recently.
The science fair was first introduced by PSC in 2009 and usually held near the end of the year.
It offers students and technology companies a platform to share their innovations while visitors get to marvel at how science and technology are changing the way humans live.
Ooi said PSC had run 48 online workshops across 11 workshop types and three virtual competitions for the students since the movement control order (MCO) was enforced on March 18.
He said PSC had also partnered with industry engineers to organise career talks for students, as well as virtual mentor sessions for students with volunteer engineers.
He added that they partnered the state government in the laptop-on-loan programme as part of Penang’s E-Learning Computer Programme upon learning that some students did not have computers for e-learning.
He said the initiative had since benefited 233 students.
At the event, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow received 122 desktops, 49 monitors, nine laptops and 58 smart gadgets from Sony Malaysia for the programme.
Chow said besides donation of computer devices, Sony Malaysia had been participating in the Penang International Science Fair for many years now.
“I hope Sony Malaysia, which has a rich legacy of innovation, will continue to expand its collaboration with PSC and the state government in other programmes as well.
“Since PSC was set up in 2009, one of the objectives is to strengthen partnership, particularly between the state government and the industry.
“This is so that we can develop our young students together and build a healthy line of talents for the future.
“As a state that has always made human capital growth our priority, we realised that many educational activities need to be implemented online to adapt to the new norm.
“However, there are many challenges to overcome, especially for students from the B40 community.
“That’s when the state government announced the formation of an E-Learning Computer Programme task force.
“It is dedicated to the development of the education sector in the new normal to ensure that the students are not compromised as learning moves online, ” he said.
Present were state exco member Chong Eng and Sony EMCS Malaysia managing director Koichi Nakamura.
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