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Proposed science centre set to boost STEM interest in young Sarawakians — Minister
Posted on : 07 Oct 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post
 

Proposed science centre set to boost STEM interest in young Sarawakians — Minister

 October 7, 2018, Sunday

Manyin (back row, fourth right) joins members of the organising committee and top contenders of the ‘Junior Innovate Sarawak 2018 & NextSparks Competition’ in a group photo.

KUCHING: Sarawak will soon have its own science centre slated for boosting the awareness and interest in the subjects of science and mathematics.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong announced this after officiating at the ‘Junior Innovate Sarawak Finals 2018 & NextSparks Competition’ in Saradise Innovation Space along Jalan Stutong here yesterday.

According to Manyin, Sarawak is lagging behind other states in Malaysia in terms of proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Currently, Sarawak ranks 15th out of 16 states and federal territories in Malaysia in terms of performance in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), and 14th for performance in Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).

“We should start (instilling interest in STEM) during their (the children’s) formative years – from Primary 1 to 6,” he said, listing countries like Singapore, South Korea, Japan and China as those having achieved excellent performance in STEM which in turn, contributed to the advancement of these nations.

“My ministry will complements what the Education Ministry of Malaysia is doing to get the students and their parents to have some interest in science and mathematics.”

Manyin also stressed the importance of creativity as without creativity, it would not give rise to innovation.

He also encouraged parents to communicate with their children in English at home, in order from them to survive in today’s ‘hyper-connected world’.

He said people must embrace the changes in the world instead of resisting them, in order to prevent them from lagging behind others.

On the setting up of Sarawak’s own science centre, Manyin disclosed that Singapore Science Centre chief executive officer would come down to Sarawak this Oct 19 to advise his ministry regarding the proposed centre here.

The Junior Innovate Sarawak Finals 2018 & NextSparks Competition were jointly run by Saradise Innovation Sdn Bhd and Chumbaka, in supporting Sarawak government’s initiative to transform the digital economy.

The top three teams of the Junior Innovate Sarawak Finals 2018 will leave for Penang, where 15 teams from five states will compete in the national finals of Junior Innovate National 2018, set to run from Nov 10 to 11 this year.

Credit to : The Borneo Post

http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/10/07/proposed-science-centre-set-to-boost-stem-interest-in-young-sarawakians-minister/