PETRONAS Group ICT launched its first Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme Brilliant Young Minds (BYM) on 4 November at the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) 2016, which saw more than 60,000 visitors.
In partnership with ARUS Academy, BYM aims to educate secondary school children and equip them with knowledge and skills in technology through the Maker Education approach that promotes learning by doing.
Co-Founder of ARUS Education Alina Amir strongly believes in nurturing the love for learning.
"As a Teach For Malaysia (TFM) teacher for four years, I was increasingly frustrated with the quality education at our schools and how learning (happened). It’s a lot (for our students) to download. I hope that through programmes such as BYM, the younger generation can continue to innovate for the betterment of the world,” - Alina Amir, ARUS.
Through BYM, students will be able to develop Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) such as problem-solving, critical thinking and creative thinking through building prototypes of digital solutions to counter real-world problems. Students will also enhance their communication skills and boost their confidence through the sharing and pitching of their ideas.
BYM will be conducted at a public secondary school within Klang Valley from January to August 2017 and will benefit 30 students, who are in Form 1, 2 and 4.
ARUS Academy showcased 10 booths, which featured inventions by students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Taman Sejahtera, Bukit Mertajam, Penang at the event.
PETRONAS ICT Chief Operations Officer Izwan Hasli M Ibrahim encouraged the students, who showcased their inventions at the Fair.
“I believe that inventions can change the world. Even if (the inventions are) just for one community, (they make) a whole lot of difference. One must never stop learning because learning is for a lifetime, regardless of age. Take our body for example, it learns to adapt to new environments in order to survive. Therefore, I hope you will continue to learn and become better in the future,” - Izwan Ibrahim, COO
BYM Sponsor Lisa Chan is optimistic about the future of the programme, having seen the results produced by the young innovators that ARUS Education mentored.
“I am really excited and inspired by some of the inventions that these students have come up with. I hope that Group ICT employees will get involved in BYM. Seize this opportunity to share knowledge with the younger generation and at the same time, be open to learning from them,” - Lisa Chan, BYM Sponsor
(Left to right: BYM Sponsor Lisa Chan, General Manager of Business Function (BF)-Operational Excellence (OEX), Izwan Hasli Ibrahim, Head of Digital Innovation, Strategy & Architecture (DISA) Alan Teng and Alina Amir, Co-Founder of ARUS Education with students from SMK Taman Sejahtera.)
The BYM team presenting a small token to Alina Amir, co-founder of ARUS Education (centre).
About the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair
Established in 2013, the KLESF is an annual initiative that aims to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among primary and secondary school students through fun and interactive programmes.