Playing a vital role in promoting STEM

Besides serving the community, UTAR makes every effort to spread the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by promoting and organising various STEM-based outreach programmes for its community. Hence, in conjunction with Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF): The Fair 2018 which was held at Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC)from 2 to 4 November 2018, various centres and faculties from UTAR went all out to organise interesting workshops for the public.

Involved in the workshops were Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) of Sungai Long and Kampar Campuses, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES), Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT), Faculty of Science (FSc), Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT), and Faculty of Medicines and Health Sciences (FMHS). The three-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics saw the public, ranging from young to adult, exploring, learning and gaining knowledge through various hands-on activities at the workshops. The attendees also enjoyed a series of exciting activities and interactive experiments that ranged from making an insect collection to playing video games. 

CFS of Kampar Campus, most right: Year One student Lee Kai Wei explaining Internet of things (LoT) to some school children

Participants playing a mind-challenging game

CFS of Sungai Long Campus, from left: Hairati binti MD Sahak and Amelia Chiang Kar Mun with Year One students Teo Zhi Wei and Tan Xue Jun

From left: Teo and Tan making “Rainbow Bath Bombs” at CFS chemistry booth

SJK (C) Foon Yew 3 students, Johor: (from left) Lee Ruey En, Wong Yu Ling, Selina Wong Siew Hui and Lim Jia Yu all smiles after making their own “Rainbow Bath Bombs” 

LKC FES students, from left: Koh Wen Qian and Chong Chee Hao displaying the simplified version of a solar panel

Participants making “Stopping Compound”, a material used in building construction

Most right: Year Two Chemical Engineering student Ng Siew Min assisting a student to make “Stopping Compound” at LKC FES booth

From left: Noraini Zohuddin and her children at CFS Kampar’s chemistry booth

Lim Zheng Xin (most left), Lai Choon Yu (second from left), Martin Lee Jion Hiong (second from right) and Ng Yee Shui (most right) teaching 13-year-old Lee Pei Ern (in orange shirt) from Kuen Cheng High School how to make “Paper Chromatography” at the FSc booth

Participants making their own crickets at CFS booth

From left: Cheryl Pang and her four-year-old son Renel Lau making “Skeleton Leaves”

Colouring session for the participants

A kid solving maths puzzle with the help of a facilitator at the mathematics booth

Physics booth saw the demonstration of “Flying Rocket” 

Participants enjoy playing handmade video games at FICT booth

Most right: FMHS Year Two student Cheok Kang Ni explaining the anatomy of the human heart to SMK Seksyen 19 Shah Alam students

The workshop saw participants ranging from kids to adults 

Children learning through play

A mother helping her son to construct polygons using toothpicks

A young girl trying her hand on salt painting

All set to launch the rocket

 Construction work in progress

Participants learning about construction tools at FEGT  booth

Participants making Elephant Toothpaste

KLESF: The Fair 2018 was jointly organised by ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET), UTAR, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM). It aimed to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among primary and secondary school students as well as the public. 


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