40 complete Tech Kids Camp

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FORTY primary students yesterday completed a five-day Tech Kids Camp where each team of students were challenged to develop an educational game using a simple programming tool called Scratch.

The Tech Kids Camp 2016 was jointly organised by the Authority for Info-Communication Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), Science, Technology and Environment Partnership Centre, the Ministry of Education, Women Techmakers Powered by Google Developer Groups Brunei and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

Pitching their tech projects to a panel of judges, the team representing St George’s School came in first place with their “Math Kids 1”, while Sekolah Rendah Tungku came in second and Seri Mulia Sarjana School was awarded third place, AITI said in a press release.

Facilitated by UTB teacher Jennifer Voon from the School of Computing and informatics, the students, through scratch, embraced the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM through the production of the educational game centered around the STEM theme.

St George’s School also won the Special Award for Best Presenter. The award for Best ICT Project went to Sekolah Rendah Tungku.

Recognised as Best Mentor was Norhanani Hj Mohd Yusof from Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation Primary School.

On hand to present the prizes to the winners was Chief Executive of AITI Pg Hj Mohd Zain Pg Hj Abdul Razak.

The Tech Kids Camp was aimed to offer students the opportunity to experience the subjects applicable to programming while providing tools to solve problems, create, work in teams, and use critical thinking skills.

The camp is an initiative under the “Discover and Excite” programme under the National ICT Manpower Masterplan which was launched by the minister of communications earlier this year.

From the initiative, AITI aims to spur and ignite the students’ interest in exploring their creativity through the use of ICT.

AITI said it is looking forward to more collaborations with other relevant stakeholders in relation to human capacity building and youth development in ICT.

The Brunei Times