STEM World ASEAN 2019

STRAND INFORMATION

AGES 10 - 12
Strand Robotics/Engineering
Week Week 1 and 2
Title Technology in a Changing World
Description Technology is changing the way that engineers think.   The future of successful economics depends on those who are able to design and build innovative technology, but they also have to develop good leadership, team and employability skills to help motivate and get the best from their co workers. This course focuses on the engineering design process and learning habits of the mind. There is a core element of employability and team building to each student develop these vital skills. During this strand, you will work together to develop core robotics skills using innovative construction and automation kits, but it will also focus on leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, team building, conflict management and problem solving skills.
Topics Introduction “getting to know you”
Team building exercise. Build Geodesic dome
Simply robotics using the Boe Bot
Microcontrollers - using a simple bread board
Build a Hovercraft
Bridge building, paper and Knex
Working with magnets and electrical circuits
Flight workshop - Build and fire rockets
Week 2 - Disaster Recovery plan utilising the components of Week 1 - Attendance at Week 1 is not essential but would be preferred
Strand Young Scientists
Week Week 1 and 2
Title Young Scientists
Description Throughout these weeks you will experience a taster of a wide range of STEM Subjects. We will be focusing on math's, physics and engineering to discover how STEM has played its part in the creation of everyday household items     We will explore the brilliant biological world ranging from the microscopic realm to whole organisms which are specially adapted to their environment. Finally, get ready to marvel at the weird and wonderful world of chemistry with fun hands-on activities.
Topics Which material is strongest?
Reduce, re-use, recycle
Stop the spread
Making bio-plastics
Energy efficiency in the home
Make a roller coaster faster
Keeping safe on the street
Stop the flood
What makes bread rise?
Strand Environmental Science
Week Week 1 and 2
Title Plastics in the Environment
Description Plastics have been a feature of modern life for over 100 years. However, much of the plastic materials manufactured remain in the environment. What can WE do to   reduce, remove or recycle plastics from our everyday lives. How can WE work to reduce the environmental impact of this 'wonder' material on the World?
Topics World efforts in solving plastic pollution
Bio-plastics - A solution to the plastic problem
SWOT analysis of different solutions
Research on plastic solutions
Field trip
AGES 13 - 15
Strand Computer Science
Week Week 1 only
Title Build your Own Brain-Inspired Software
Description This programme will start by introducing you to the general field of artificial intelligence, and will then focus on specific state-of-the-art techniques. More specifically, you will learn about deep learning, what neural networks are, how you can design, implement and customize them, and ultimately how you can train them to behave in specific ways. In order to better understand their limits of performance, the programme will also touch on several general machine learning ideas. At the end of the programme, you should have sufficient knowledge and skills, to build your own deep learning solutions, given any new set of problems.
Topics General Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning
Neural networks
Implementation of Deep Learning Solutions
Strand Computer Science
Week Week 2 only
Title Microcontrollers: The Making of the Modern World
Description How does your TV know what to show on the screen or the security system in your house know when to activate the alarm? Almost everything electronic that we use in modern life contains a microcontroller, a tiny computer that controls how the device works. We will use the Arduino to learn how to programme a microcontroller in the C language and interact with sensors, displays, lights, and motors. Your final group project will be to make and programme a working device. What that device does will be up to you!
Topics What is a Microcontroller?
Programming in the C Language
Controlling hardware including displays and sensors
Group project to build a working device
Strand Environmental Science
Week Week 1 and 2
Title Hunt for Micro Plastics
Description Plastics have been around us for over 100 years in a variety of forms. However, what is becoming clear is that although large plastic waste may be seen to degrade, it is actually these smaller fragments that cause so much damage to the environment. These micro plastics are visible only under a microscope and have to be illuminated in order to be seen. But where do these micro plastic particles end up in the environment? We will hunt for them on beaches and also in the water column of the sea. Micro plastics are also manufactured for products we use, such as toothpaste - but the same question remains about the final destination of these materials. Join the hunt!
Topics Polymers and their properties
Degradation of polymers to micro plastic particles
Fieldwork to find micro plastics in the environment
Detecting micro plastics in the laboratory
Quantifying the problem
Field Trip
Strand Environmental Engineering
Week Week 1 and Week 2
Title Engineering for Energy Efficiency
Description Civil Engineers design, construct and maintain many essential public and private infrastructures and systems such as roads, railways, buildings and even water and sewage systems. The work of a Physicist ranges from university applications to applications beyond our planet! During this strand you will explore the innovative work of Engineers and Physicists through both classroom and practical hands-on activities
Topics What is engineering design process?
How insulation can save the building energy; design an insulated house model
Explore energy and energy transformations
Build the solar water heater by combining the insulated water tank and the solar collector
Investigate the electromagnetic spectrum, and highlight how energy is wasted in unseen ways
Design a daylighting system for a model house and understand how and why engineers use natural light in building and home designs
Strand Biotechnology
Week Week 1 and Week 2
Title Making Microbes Work For Us
Description Biotechnology processes produce new materials using biological catalysts. The biodiversity of the ASEAN countries potentially provides a treasure chest of new opportunity for generating new products and processes to benefit society. This strand will explore the science, technology, engineering and potential human benefit of this important technology.
Topics Fermentation
Analysis of products
Environmental protection
The search for new microbiological catalysts
AGES 16 - 17
Strand Environmental Science   Part 1 and 2
Week Week 1 and 2
Title Conserving Tropical Environments
Description This programme will help you understand and appreciate human impacts on the planet, and the steps we can all take to limit these impacts. It will cover topics such as pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss, and take a look at some of the new and exciting approaches to sustainable environmental management that are being developed to combat human impacts. It will be activity based, and you will do things such as running computer simulations of your own carbon footprint, and look at animals ranging in size from tiny insects to elephants.
Topics Major types of human impact
Understanding how the environment works
How we can all do more
Carbon footprint
Strand Computer Science
Week Week 1 only
Title Microcontrollers: The Making of the Modern World
Description How does your TV know what to show on the screen or the security system in your house know when to activate the alarm? Almost everything electronic that we use in modern life contains a microcontroller, a tiny computer that controls how the device works. We will use the Arduino to learn how to programme a microcontroller in the C language and interact with sensors, displays, lights, and motors. Your final group project will be to make and programme a working device, what that device does will be up to you!
Topics What is a Microcontroller?
Programming in the C Language
Controlling hardware including displays and sensors
Group project to build a working device
Strand Biomedical Science
Week Week 1 and 2
Title Sherlock Holmes in the Tropics
Description Solve a crime case or two during your one week with the Biomedical Sciences Department, whilst being introduced to current medical health issues including tropical diseases. These hands on activities involve an array of medical science techniques. The accompanying lectures explain their underlying principles and uses in different scenes including diagnosis of disease or even in solving murder cases. The week will include a field visit to a healthcare facility.
Topics DNA extraction and variation identification
Medical diagnosis and research
Blood typing
Lung function
Urine Test
Use of Microscopes
Strand Biosciences
Week Week 1 and Week 2
Title Solution to Food, Nutrition and Human Health
Description This programme will introduce you to how innovations in biosciences has been central to the production and protection of food resources and designing new technologies to improve human health. The programme will cover topics such as climate-smart plants, postharvest technology, molecular pharming, genetics, microbiology, nutrition and public health. Some of the activities include plant growth monitoring for drought and salinity tolerant plants, edible coatings that protect fruits and vegetables, production of animal vaccines using plant as bio-factories, microbiology techniques for food contaminants, anthropometric analyses for well-being and sustainable ingredients for future foods.
Topics Post green revolution food production; breakthroughs and challenges
Nutrition and human health: Holistic and sustainable food resources to improve public health
Bio-Pharming: Genetic solutions to expensive vaccines
Communication in science helps to heal the world
Increasing food security by decreasing food waste and food losses
Strand Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Week Week 1 and Week 2
Title From Bench to Commodity Product
Description Chemical engineering can be defined as the processing of materials on a commercial scale, ranging from traditional commodities and utilities through to modern, high added-value products. This involves the integration of engineering principles and applications with chemistry and other sciences. Additionally, environmental issues related to process industries feature as important aspects of the discipline in line with the growing need to harmonise industrial and commercial activities with the protection and enhancement of the environment. By participating in the chemical and environmental engineering strand, you’ll be exposed to the fundamentals of chemical engineering such as mass and energy balances, up scaling of processes, and generation of process flow sheets. There will be opportunities to be involved in practical hands-on activities related to chemical engineering and an industrial site visit. Ultimately, the strand aims to impart an awareness of chemical engineering and the key technical skills needed at a level suitable for pre-University students.
Topics Fundamentals of chemical and environmental engineering
Up scaling of processes
Generation of process flow sheets
Practical hands-on activities
Industrial site visit
Strand Mechanical and Electronic Engineering
Week Week 1 and 2
Title Industrial Revolution and The Internet of Things
Description As we move forward into a world of automation and artificial intelligence, there is a growing curiosity over what this means in terms of impact to our daily lives. This workshop explores the mechanical and electronic engineering concepts that drive the technologies related to robotics, smart factories, driverless cars, artificial intelligence, etc. Participants will learn how these concepts are related to the fourth industrial revolution and the internet of things. There will be opportunities to be involved in practical hands-on activities in engineering laboratories.
Topics What will the future look like?
Will robots take over the world?
The Fourth Industrial revolution
impact on Jobs for the future
Smart cities and smart schools
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Strand Pharmacy
Week Week 1 and Week 2
Title From the Forest to the Hospitals
Description In this programme you will be introduced to some of the latest technologies involved in identifying plants with medicinal uses. The constituents in these medicinal plants need to be extracted into the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) which are then tested to ascertain their biologic responses. It may be necessary to modify the structure of the API using computational techniques in order to enhance its pharmacological properties even further. Once the final API is constructed, this must be formulated into a suitable dosage form that ensures that it can be delivered to where it is required in the right amounts and this aspect of the investigation involves using novel technologies such as nano-technology and related subject areas.
Topics Identification of medicinal plants of the Malaysian Rainforest
Extraction and characterisation of API from medicinal plants
Computational modelling support of drug development
Nano-formulation of API
Testing of API