Nurturing young talents in world of coding

Alman Hazim bin Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan and Izz Wali bin A Jinnidi received the Gold Award during a ceremony marking the end of the TechKids Camp 2021 at the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam’s (AITI) Seri Kerna Hall yesterday.

Acting Chief Executive of AITI Ir Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar was the guest of honour.

Meanwhile, Siti Hannan binti Ishak and Nurhamizah Nadiah binti Haji Harmizal received the Silver Award while Hasna Syazwina binti Hasnan and Dhiya ‘Afiyah binti Afnan received the Bronze Award.

Four special awards were also presented – Siti Hannan binti Ishak and Nurhamizah Nadiah binti Haji Harmizal for Best Project Award; Dhiya ‘Afiyah for Best Presenter Award; Muhd Aamirul Afeef bin Haji Ainolnizam for Best Developer; and Nurrabi’atul Adawiyah binti Suhaimi for Best Mentor Award.

The winner of TechKids Camp 2021 will represent Brunei Darussalam in the ASEAN Cyberkids Camp 2021.

Fifty-eight young coders, comprising seven students from government schools, 46 from private schools and five from Arabic schools, participated in an annual event that has been conducted during the March school holidays since 2012, organised by AITI and supported by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The participants, in teams of two, were challenged to develop educational animations and games based on the theme ‘science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM)’.

The event targetted Year 3 to 5 students as it is aimed at promoting passion in information and communications technology (ICT) at an early age and providing a platform for innovation by allowing the young generation to experience ICT in a practical and fun way.

Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam’s Acting Chief Executive Ir Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar viewing a finalist’s project. PHOTO: AITI