Penang MakerFest 2017

“The Penang International Science Fair (PISF) is a collaboration between the Penang State Government and the industries that form the backbone of the Penang Science Cluster (PSC). It is organized as part of the PSC’s mission of “Inspiring Innovation”, which focuses on developing young minds and exposing them to science and engineering through a unique, stimulating and innovative experience.

This is truly a unique event. Many high tech companies are participating to showcase and explain the science and technology behind their products through fun and hands-on workshops. And we have probably the largest number and type of workshops in a single event in the country! Over the 2 days, there are over 20,000 workshop slots from over 50 types for students to experience and have fun learning. This is the way science should be learnt – through hands-on experiments!

At the same time, we have an interesting MakerFest event, powered by #mydigitalmaker, an initiative of MDEC. There are 7 exciting competitions in robotics, mobile apps and software coding. MakerFest will also showcase hobbyists and makers who will be proudly sharing their creations, as well as an Educator’s network, where teachers can attend special workshops to help them educate students for the digital economy.

One of the most important role of any government is to create a bright future for our young, and prepare the young for the future ahead. The Penang State Government is doing exactly that by promoting Penang as a centre of excellence for STEM education and creating the talent pool ready for Industry 4.0.

In line with this, the Penang International Science Fair theme for this year is “Preparing for Jobs of the Future”. So, come to the Science Fair to find out what jobs will be obsoleted, what jobs will be created in the future and how best to prepare for the future. ”

– Lim Guan Eng @ www.penang.gov.my

I was given the wonderful opportunity to showcase my work, and form connections with other enthusiasts & collaborators who shared my interest.

I presented my work on the development of an efficient PID algorithm and a custom GUI software I made to map and display the surrounding obstacles of a multi-rotor craft.

Not only was it a great learning experience, it was a great way to meet others who share similar interests & passions.

I am looking forward to participating next year as well!

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