Launching of the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2014

A 'thumbs up' group photo with Minister of Education II YB Dato Seri Idris Bin Jusoh (standing centre) at the KLESF 2014 launch

The inaugural Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2014 was launched by the Minister of Education II, YB Dato' Seri Idris Bin Jusoh at the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Cyberjaya on 25 February 2014. He was accompanied by the President and Chief Executive Officer of MIGHT and Joint Chairman of KLESF 2014 Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman and President of ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET) and the Chairman of the KLESF 2014 Steering Committee Datuk Ir Hong Lee Pee at the launch.

KLESF 2014 is jointly organised by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET), the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), MIGHT and the National Science Center and aims to promote school children's interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It will also complement the Government's Science to Action (S2A) programme which requires Science and Technology (S &T) to take a key role to drive national growth and sustainability.

Present at the launch were UTAR Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Lee Sze Wei, representatives from the National Science Center were Ms Phyllis Lam and Ms Norzilawati b md Kamsor, President of IEM Ir Choo Kok Beng, Fellows of AAET; Prof Yong Hoi Seng and Prof Dr Ho Chee Cheong, district representatives from Ministry of Education, representatives from industry sponsors (MDeC, Pizza Hut, FreeScale, Talent Corp, UEM Berhad and DreamEDGE), teachers and students, UTAR lecturers, staff and other invited guests.

In his speech at the launch, YB Dato' Seri Idris Bin Jusoh who is also the Patron of KLESF said," Science can be fun, and if we promote interest in science fields among students, we can hopefully reach the objective of having 60% of students in the sciences." He also added that more people are needed in the sciences for the development of the country and encouraged all to visit the KLESF 2014. The fair will be held at the National Science Center from 25-27 April 2014. It will feature science demonstrations and exhibitions and admission is free.

Datuk Hong, in his address elaborated on the School Engineering and Science Design Mentorship (SESDM) programme which has started in the pilot phase in January with seven schools. UTAR lecturers and student volunteers are presently guiding the schoolchildren to conduct science experiments, projects and assignments.

The launch highlights included the KLESF mini showcase of science experiments and DreamEDGE's booth display of the robotic solution; Robot Nao at the lobby of the MIGHT office. Stealing the limelight were science experiments put up by selected students from SMK Taman Melati under the mentorship of UTAR Faculty of Engineering and Science (FES) lecturer Chua Kein Huat. Aina Syamimi Bt Shamsul Bahri and Abdul Latif Bin Abdul Aziz, two of the seven SMK Taman Melati students at the science booth enthused that it was a memorable experience to demonstrate the experiments and treasured the hands-on learning experiences of the SESDM programme.

Chua praised the participating students for the self confidence and clarity in explaining the experiments to the Minister and visitors despite being in the SESDM programme for less than two months. Their accompanying teacher; Puan Wan Nor Mahizan Wan Mahmud thanked UTAR for guiding the students in the science experiments and expressed appreciation in placing the school in the SESDM programme.

The launch culminated with the presentations of the KLESF 2014 posters to the principal and teacher representatives from the respective schools; SMK Taman Melati, SMK Kepong and Kuen Cheng High School.

Senior 2 Science student, Augustine Wang Zhian Zhiow of Kuen Cheng High who was present at the launch gushed that participating in the SESDM programme has ignited his interest in science and engineering. He hopes to eventually pursue a career in these areas.

SMK Taman Melati students at their science booth with their mentor Chua Kein Huat (in purple shirt)

The Minister trying his hand at the science experiment at the SMK Taman Melati's science booth

Group photo of the organisers with the Minister of Education II at the launch, from left; Ir Choo Kok Beng, Datuk Hong Lee Pee, Dato Seri Idris Bin Jusoh, Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman and Prof Lee Sze Wei

Dato Seri Idris Bin Jusoh, Minister of Education II delivering his speech at the launch

A round of enthusiastic applause for Robot Nano,from left; Ir Choo Kok Beng, Prof Lee Sze Wei, Dato'Seri Idris Bin Jusoh,Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman and Datuk Hong Lee Pee

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