Stimulating Students Curiosity and Interest in STEM With Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Competition

 

As innovation rapidly changes our world, it is critical to prepare the next generation to not only adapt, but to thrive and excel in a technology-driven future. Committed to making this happen, Samsung Malaysia is running one of its global educational programs titled Solve for Tomorrow – a competition aimed at stimulating curiosity and cultivating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, while inspiring students to help improve and fix issues faced by local communities through STEM’s innovative solutions. 

According to Yoonsoo Kim, President of Samsung Electronic Malaysia; "It is important for the next generations to come to be equipped with the fundamental skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to adapt to the technological change and benefit from the new opportunities technology creates. We believe in their potential to reach new heights of innovation, and to develop society-changing solutions. And Samsung is committed to helping them achieve this through the educational programs we run like Solve for Tomorrow.” 

Solve for Tomorrow, a unique competition that fosters innovative thinking, creative problem-solving and teamwork, is carried out in partnership with Universiti Malaya STEM Centre. The competition is open to Form 1 and Form 2 students from participating schools that Universiti Malaya STEM Centre regularly engages with to provide various STEM activities, helping them enhance their learning experience. The Solve for Tomorrow competition will kick off on October 9, 2020 and will culminate on December 8, 2020 with the winners announcement. 

Ir. Dr. Mas Sahidayana Mohktar, Head of Universiti Malaya STEM Centre remarked, "We have to enhance Science and Technology knowledge among our youngsters to solve unseen future problems. They can only paint a better picture if they are equipped with the correct tools, and the best way to ensure the mechanism is accurate is through Science and Technology education." 

Guest speakers at the Samsung Malaysia’s Solve for Tomorrow Introduction Event
(From L - R : Ir. Dr. Mas Sahidayana Mohktar, Lee Yan Fong, Dato’ Roh Jae Yeol, Tan Kok Loon and Prof. Dr. Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman) 

Participants of the competition are required to identify an issue faced by the community and develop a solution based on STEM technology. They can choose to propose the ideas focusing on any of the four themes, namely health, education, environmental and social issues. A team of three students will be required to send in a submission in a form of essays depicting the problem to be solved and how STEM can be a creative solution. At the second round, 10 teams that are shortlisted will be required to refine their ideas and showcase it through a PowerPoint presentation. 

Three teams will be selected at the third round. They will be required to enhance their presentation with an option to create a prototype. Each team will need to submit a video recording of the presentation and the functions of the prototype. At the final stage, the three teams will battle it out to win the top prize worth up to a total of RM37,900 by impressing the judges with their innovative STEM solutions. 

Winners of the competition will walk away with Samsung products for their respective schools and for themselves too. The first prize winning team will receive Samsung products worth up to RM16,900 that will be presented to the school while each student will receive up to RM7,000 worth of Samsung products. For the second prize, the team will receive products worth up to RM13,500 for their school while the students will each walk away with products worth up to RM6,000. The third prize winning team will receive products worth up to RM10,000 for their school while the students will win products worth up to RM5,400 each. The winners will be judged based on the relevance of issues, creativity, feasibility of ideas, application of STEM and presentation of innovative solutions. 

The open submission for the First Phase of Samsung Solve For Tomorrow will begin on 9th October - 22nd October followed by the Second Phase from 28th October - 11th November, Third Phase from 17th November - 4th December and last but not least the Finale Presentation and Award Ceremony on 8th December.  For more information and details on how you can participate in this competition, make your way to their official website linked below. Until then, good luck and have a wonderful weekend ahead lovelies, adieu~


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