Don’t miss out on STEMfest starting tomorrow!
KUCHING: Members of the public are encouraged to join in on the upcoming International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMFest) 2013.
Hosted by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), there will be a series of conferences and workshops in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics happening from Sept 29 to October 5.
Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the event will involve experts in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics but also anyone else who is interested.
“We are not just encouraging those who are related to the fields, including teachers and students, but also members of the public. This is to entice people to be interested in those fields to fulfill the needs for technical skilled workforce.
“Unimas, together with Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputra Sarawak (Tegas), State Education Department and Yayasan Sarawak, is working hard to put together seven different conferences and workshops during STEMFest,” he told a press conference at Wisma Sumber Alam yesterday.
The conference convenor Scott Campbell informed the press that the theme for STEMFest 2013 is ‘Smart Economic Development, aligning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to a State’s Future Human Resource Needs’.
“The Sarawak government recognised the need to get involved with people in these fields to address the shortage of manpower by creating more awareness about the importance of STEM,” he said.
Len, who is also Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Technical Education Promotion), added there will be other side events during the entire festival, including field trips and Unimas Open Days.
Over 300 international delegates have registered so far, with some 200 from Unimas, 450 from Tegas, State Education Department and Yayasan Sarawak.
A total of 226 papers will be presented at the seven conferences.
For more information, readers are advised to visit http://www.stemstates.org.