Science and engineering take centrestage at fair

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  • Friday, 04 Nov 2016

Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (in red tie) and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri at UTAR's booth during KLESF 2016. Looking on are UTAR vice-president (R&D and Commercialisation) Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei (in white t-shirt behind Nancy) and KLESF co-chairman Datuk Hong Lee Pee.

SERI KEMBANGAN: All those interested in engineering and science will be able to quench their thirst for knowledge at this year’s Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF).

The event is supported by the Asean Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM).

The three-day fair was opened Friday by Deputy Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.

“The fair covers all aspects of science and is a good and interesting exhibition which I’m sure can motivate students into enjoying science,” he said, adding that KLESF aims to break the misconception among students that science is hard.

He added that parents and schools play important roles in promoting the subject.

Calling KLESF the “perfect exhibition”, Dr Abu Bakar thanked the organisers and sponsors for making the fair an interactive one.

KLESF co-chairman Datuk Hong Lee Pee said the fair aims to encourage participation of organisations and industry in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and development.

“The last two KLESFs generated positive outcomes and benefits for students,” he said.

He also revealed that KLESF had successfully bid for the hosting of the Asian Science Camp 2017, which will be held in conjunction with KLESF 2017.

Academy of Sciences Malaysia president and MIGHT joint chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali said the fair is essential to boost students’ interest in science, technology and mathematics (STEM).

UTAR president Prof Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik said that there was currently a small pool of Forms Four and Five students in the science stream.

“In a few years to come, 70% of jobs in Malaysia will be STEM-related and many people have a misconception that science is dull and difficult, therefore the fair helps to change this mindset,” he said.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri also attended the ceremony.

Among the highlights of this year's fair are a robotics competition and the Young Innovate Challenge.

The Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair 2016 is being held at the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) Friday to Sunday, from 9am to 6pm. Admission is free.

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