Contests prepare youngsters to meet future needs

|     Wani Roslan     |

ACTING Director of Curriculum Development Haji Zulkifli bin Haji Md Yusuf said the 3rd National STEM and Innovation Design Challenge was part of the initiative to provide a platform for students to showcase their creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

He said such competitions indirectly prepare the younger generation to meet the needs of world-class human capital development.

The competition concluded with a prize presentation at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday.

The overall champion for Junior Class was Victorious Overdrive team from Tanjong Maya Secondary School while the overall champion for Senior Class was Rapido team from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

Both champions brought home cash prizes of BND500, trophies, certificates of participation and plaque.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman visits a booth
Overall Champion (Senior Class) Rapido from UTB in a group photo with the Minister of Education. – PHOTOS: WANI ROSLAN
Overall Champion (Junior Class) Victorious Overrive from Tanjung Maya Secondary School in a group photo with the Minister of Education

The prizes were presented by the guest of honour, Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman.

“This has a significant impact towards competency needed in the 4th Industrial Revolution and Education 4.0. Among them are critical thinking and problem-solving skill, communication and collaborative skill, creativity and innovative skill, information and communication technology literacy, contextual learning skill, and information and media literacy,” Haji Zulkifli said.

Prizes were also presented for the categories of Fastest Car Award (Junior and Senior Class), Best Engineered Car (Junior and Senior Class), Best Pit Display (Junior and Senior Class), Best Verbal Presentation (Junior and Senior Class), Best Reaction Time (Junior and Senior Class), and Knock-Out Race champion.

This year, 24 teams participated comprising 17 teams under Junior Class category which was open for secondary school students and seven teams under Senior Class category for students of sixth form centres, IBTE Campuses and UTB.

The STEM and Innovation Design Challenge was organised by the Department of Curriculum Development, in collaboration with UTB and STEP Centre.

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, directors at the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, senior officials, principals and teachers were also present.