GEORGE TOWN, November 29 – Tenby Schools will host a naming ceremony to celebrate the construction progress of its new Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) centre on Saturday, 26 November 2022, from 09:30am to 1pm, at its campus in Tanjung Bungah, Penang. The new 75,000 square foot STEAM specialist centre will redefine the way its teachers and students interact and learn. The highly flexible design features open entrances, glass walls and collaborative spaces.

New learning spaces include an Auditorium, Makerspace, Lego, Robotics and Coding Zone, Design Technology Suite, Food Tech Kitchen, Science Labs, Digital Media Suite, Art Studios and Black Box Theatre. Alongside a new community café and building renovations to the existing classrooms and Learning Support Centre. After the official naming ceremony, families can join in free active learning activities. Event highlights include Motivating Mathematics, Get Creative Arts, Pixel Animation and a Scavenger Hunt. Light refreshments and campus tours will be available.

Tenby Schools Campus Principal Jeanne Denyer said the new centre was a gamechanger for education in Penang: “This is an innovative space where students will be inspired to flex across STEAM subjects, to continuously improve on their abilities and skills needed to thrive in the growing workforce of the future. We hope to open the doors to more opportunities for our students and to encourage them to push boundaries and challenge on the things that matter to them.

“A sophisticated STEAM-enhanced curricula will always be in tune with the skills needed locally and globally. STEAM is set to power both emerging and established global economies, and is a lifeline into Penang government’s 2030 vision to transform Penang into a modern and smart state.” Ms Denyer added that the school has been on a unique learning journey collaborating with tech businesses and educational specialists to create top learning facilities and specialist curricula, she said: “Our new learning spaces are designed to be flexible, allowing the curriculum to adapt to innovative technologies and unique problems that arise in the world.

This enables our students and teachers put on a show of Amazing Learning, as they have more opportunities to expand their knowledge and confidently graduate with hands-on experience. Connecting learning to the outside world is eye-opening for young people as they begin to understand the big picture. This supports them to become advocates for change, eager to find solutions for global problems. For instance, take the photovoltaic modules elevated on our school roof to power the building.

This initiative not only helps save on energy bills and provides clean energy for the community, but it also gives students a chance to learn about climate change and renewable energy up close. The new centre will complement the upgrades to the school’s existing facilities, including specialist learning and language support centre and extended primary classrooms. The school already boasts a vast sports complex including swimming pool, multi-purpose courts, multi-purpose hall and basketball court.