GEORGE TOWN, Nov 11 – The Penang International Science Fair (PISF) 2017 is officially open at SPICE center here with the present of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on this morning. 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. Many high tech companies are participating to showcase and explain the science and technology behind their products through fun and hand-on workshops.
Besides that, many communities in Penang are also participating as well to share their passion and encourage the young people. PISF targeted 60,000 visitors to turnout on this 2-days event. Total expensed for the event is RM500,00 excluding the cost of exhibitor booths and products displays spent by the companies.
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 additional, Penang State Government has also allocated RM2 million in 2018 to enable 118,000 or 50% of primary and secondary school students in 3 years time in Penang to learn coding, hand-on, the Penang Science Cluster way. Over longer time, Penang State Government also hope o hit 100% of students in Penang.
The State Government has also allocated RM10.8 million for expansion of Penang Digital Library (II), the only 24hrs library in Malaysia, to be ready by end 2018. This is on top of the RM20 million spent for Penang Science Cluster, RM 28 million Penang Tech Dome, the RM6 million Karpal Singh Learning Centre teaching STEM but also the Rm6 million German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT) – the first German learning whilst woking curriculum. — PN