Tanjong Maya Secondary wins STEM challenge

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TANJONG Maya Secondary School’s ‘Falcon Team’ yesterday emerged overall champions of the Second National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Innovative Design Challenge competition held at Universiti Teknologi Brunei’s multipurpose hall.

The team also won the knockout Formula 1 racecar model race and was also named the winner of the ‘Fastest Car’ and ‘Best Reaction Time’ categories in the competition.

Ten secondary schools and one technical institution took part in this year’s challenge, which required teams to design and build their own F1 racecar models using Computer-Aided Design software and Computer Numerical Controlled and Microrouter Milling Machines.

Teams also had to pit their F1 car models against each other on a 20m racetrack as well as engage in promotion and marketing efforts for their cars through verbal presentations and pit booth displays.

Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman presented cash prizes, trophies, certificates and medals to the winning teams.

Speaking at the competition, the director of the Curriculum Development Department under the Ministry of Education (MoE) said the department plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with Universiti Teknologi Brunei to further bolster cooperation in expanding education in science and technology and related fields.

“Cooperation at the national level is intended to add value to students and teachers to learn as well as to know quickly how to expand these areas,” said Hj Abd Rahman Hj Nawi.

He said it was hoped that UTB would become a training centre for teachers and that the cooperation would further expand teachers’ skills in making use of the available tools and resources from the MoE in helping students gain required skills.

In his speech during the event, YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said various initiatives were designed and implemented at all levels of education which are geared towards strengthening the potential of each student.

“Preparation of a solid curriculum, high-quality teachers and adequate infrastructure are among the key factors in ensuring our success in educating our students to become successful according to their respective potentials. This includes students who tend to have higher proficiency in STEM subjects,” he said.

In that regard, the MoE has made initiatives to upgrade Design and Technology subjects as well as Business, Art and Technology subjects through the introduction of the Enhancement of Design & Technology and Other Technology Subjects for Government Secondary Schools and Vocational & Technical Institutions Project to foster technological and innovation elements among the younger generation, he said.

“Preparation of projects such as the National STEM and Innovative Design Challenge competition places emphasis on the concept of informal learning through a variety of activities in science, engineering, mathematics and design and technology in a ‘hands-on’ and ‘minds-on’ manner. These will provide exposure and positive experiences in the said fields and are expected to attract students to choose to join these fields in the future.”

The Brunei Times