STEM showcase set to enlighten educators, parents and students

Chung says there will be free workshops sponsored by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.

Interesting events and activities have been lined up for the inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Showcase ’22 on Sept 2 and 3 at Han Chiang High School.

“I strongly believe that STEM Showcase ’22 will be an ideal platform to introduce and prepare our next generation to meet the tremendous challenges and vast opportunities that lie ahead under Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) and the digital transformation,” said Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy

“The continued influx of local and foreign direct investment into Penang reflects investor confidence,” he added.

He congratulated Penang STEM, Tech Dome Penang and Penang Math Platform for partnering with Han Chiang High School to hold the event.

Ramasamy also acknowledged other STEM centres like Penang Skills Development Centre and Penang Science Cluster for their support.

“Let us all work together to make this event a great success and help ensure that Penang’s image as the prime mover for STEM excellence in our generation,” he was reported as saying by Buletin Mutiara.

He was pleased to share that the state Education Department had endorsed STEM Showcase ’22 while the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry had extended a grant to fund free workshops for students in addition to endorsing the event.

Penang STEM general manager Richard Chung Chok Yin said the proposal to organise the showcase was mooted following the success of Han Chiang High School’s Makers Fair in 2019.

“Plans, however, were disrupted over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With the recent reopening of schools, discussions were revived to bring the event to fruition,” he said.

The first day of the showcase will feature workshops, activities and competitions for secondary school students.

On the second day, there will be more family-focused programmes and activities for all ages, including primary school pupils.

Parents will also be able to attend various talks offering insights into STEM academic and career options.

The key sessions are Inspiring Students Towards STEM Excellence (through Grand STEM Challenge for lower secondary), Enhancing Students’ Innovativeness (through STEM Innovation Showcase for upper secondary), Showcasing Technologies from Penang’s FIZs (through Corporate Technology Showcase), Sparking Interests in STEM (through STEM Experiences) and Inspiring Interests in STEM-learning (through more than 20 STEM workshop sessions).

There will also be sessions on Guiding Students on the Right Academic STEM Courses Based on their Interest and Acumen (through Education Talks: Exploring STEM Academic Pathways), Instilling Awareness Among Students and Parents About Career Opportunities in the Industry (through Career Talks: STEM Future-proofing) and Wonders of the Metaverse (a peek into the most exciting landscape in the new world of Web3).

Panel speakers from academic institutions and human resource professionals will be invited for the education and career talks.

Present at the launch were Tech Dome Penang senior marketing and communications manager Oun Sui Leng, Penang Math Platform senior event officer Jecilyn Loke and Han Chiang High School principal Kung Bee Lee, Penang Science Cluster programme executive Ahmad Shafawi Mustaqim and state Education Department (assistant director of the student development sector) Mohamed Rusdan Maidin.

Those who wish to attend the free workshops are encouraged to register early via

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