SCIENCE to Showcase Real Life Applications and Creations by Students

KUCHING, 23 AUGUST 2018, THURSDAY: Targeted at curious and inventive young minds interested in science and mechanics, the inaugural Sarawak Community Innovation Engineering Competition Exhibition or SCIENCE for short will be held in Kuching from 25 to 26 August, 2018 at CityONE Megamall. 

Themed Powering Young Minds, SCIENCE is organized by the Learning Curve (TLC) and sponsored by Sarawak Energy. It aims to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by showcasing real life applications of what students learn in class, featuring an exhibition of student team creations, a robotics workshop and competition, an arts and craft session for children and different games.  

Sarawak Energy has been supportive of youth development and education especially in subjects related to science, technology and engineering.  

“Sarawak Energy is the state’s primary energy provider, electrifying households and business throughout Sarawak with predominantly clean and renewable resources. As we move towards becoming a digital utility powered by technology, we believe in investing in the future of Sarawak’s young through our annual scholarships as well as other educational development programmes. SCIENCE is a new platform focusing on encouraging innovation in young students,” said Sharbini Suhaili, Group Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Energy who commended The Learning Curve for its commitment to STEM development. 

In thanking The Learning Curve for choosing Sarawak Energy as their corporate partner, Sharbini said that Sarawak Energy was pleased to fund SCIENCE by Sarawak Energy as a branding programme to drive future innovation. 

“We hope that this will lay the foundation for a programme that will grow state-wide, to encourage innovation and creativity in young people throughout Sarawak, and create greater awareness on the importance of STEM education and its application,” said Sharbini. 

“We encourage parents to bring their children to this very interesting science fair, to awaken their interest in STEM and see how what they learnt in class actually has real world applications,” said Kenneth Chai, co-founder of the Learning Curve.  

Like-minded students from 12 different schools have collaborated in three teams over the last few weeks to build models of a hydroelectric dam, a solar powered charging station and electric vehicle (EV). Their creations will be showcased at the SCIENCE exhibition. 

Of particular interest to young people interested in robotics is the Robot Cup competition, an avenue for students to apply their STEM knowledge in coming up the best innovation. The participants will be provided with materials to create their best robotic invention and winners stand to win attractive prizes. 

Talks include introduction to robotics and careers in STEM especially for women. 

Members of the public are invited to the event and admission is free. The event will be held at the Main Atrium on the ground floor from 10am to 6pm for the two days.

Co-founders of The Learning Curve, Kenneth (third right) and Jasmine Sia (second right) posing for a photograph with Sharbini (third left). Also seen in the photo are Sarawak Energy senior management (from left), Peing Tajang, General Manager for Corporate Communication, James Ung, Chief Executive Officer of SEB Power who will officiate at the opening ceremony of SCIENCE and Dr Chen Shiun, Vice President for Research and Development who will be giving away the prizes to winners at the event's closing ceremony.