Young innovators feted in virtual ceremony

The Ministry of Education (MoE), through the Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre, feted winners of the 4th National STEM and Innovative Design Challenge (NSIDC) 2021 during a virtual ceremony yesterday.

A total of 46 teams from 26 secondary schools and two higher education institutions participated in two categories, namely Formula One Junior Class category and Formula One Senior Class category.

In the Formula One Junior Class category, teams from Tanjong Maya Secondary School won the Overall Champion Award. First place was Team Krows who also received the Best Engineered Car Award. Team Rampager was named first runner-up and won the Best Reaction Time Award, while the Team Nova Dragozz finished second runner-up.

In the Formula One Senior Class category, ‘Pahlawan XXI’ from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) bagged the First Place Overall Champion, Best Engineered Car and Best Verbal Presentation. ‘Anemo F1’ from Meragang Sixth Form Centre was second, and ‘Wira’ from UTB settled in third place.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman was the guest of honour.

The ceremony in progress. PHOTOS: MOE
ABOVE & BELOW: Focal teachers and judges of the competition

The NSIDC is open to students in teams from public secondary schools, vocational and technical institutions as well as higher education institutions that have been supplied with DENFORD machines specifically for educational training.

Participants competed in producing Formula One mini cars using software such as Autodesk Inventors, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) equipment with design process and creative art.

The competition began in January 2021 and continued with added changes to the format in accordance with the COVID-19 standard operating procedures set by the Ministry of Health.

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, permanent secretary (core education), deputy permanent secretary (core education) at the MoE, heads of departments, MoE senior officers and participants were also present.