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Advancing STEM Education for Youth in Sarawak

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According to Dr Lau Bee Theng, the chair of IEEE  (USA)’s Sarawak Section, approximately 120 students from 15 secondary schools in Kuching, Kota Samarahan and Serian districts attended the free Robotics and Hardware Programming Workshop. It was organized by IEEE (USA)’s Sarawak Subsection in collaboration with School of Engineering of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus in advancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in Sarawak with the use of robotics. The workshop took place on 11th to 19th June 2018 in Swinburne Sarawak Campus.

Dr Riady, the organizing committee cum trainer for robotics and hardware programming workshop mentioned that the three-session workshop aimed to deliver hands-on learning experience in basic robot building and hardware programming. Throughout the workshop, the participants learned about the working principles of simple robotics and mechatronics systems as well as the practical skills in prototyping electronic circuits and microcontroller programming in a fun and interactive way.

On top of providing the learning-by-doing experiences, the workshop also managed to cultivate youth’s interests in STEM. The participants highly commended the workshop for widening their horizon in robotics technology and ways to program the mini robots, they wish to learn more about the technology in future.

Ong Chin Ann
Executive Committee Member (Communication & Promotion), IEEE Sarawak Subsection 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022, IEEE Senior Member