Sparking Students’ Interest in STEM at KLESF
With great emphasis put on Science and Mathematics in preparing students for future success, the Science Department of Sekolah Seri Suria or R.E.A.L Schools National, Cheras Campus organized a study trip to the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) held at MINES International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC). A total of 33 students and two accompanying teachers participated in the trip which was held in early November last year.
KLESF is an initiative with various programmes that aims to generate greater interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among primary and secondary school students. This year’s edition also saw participation from several ASEAN schools which helps to promote KLESF internationally. The fair offered a wide range of activities that include:
- STEM Hands-on Experiments
- The Young Innovate 2016, KLESF Challenge 2016, Schools & KLESF Mentor Development (KMD) STEM Exhibition
- Hands-on Workshops
- Industry STEM Exhibition (which focused on how STEM plays its role in various businesses and industries, educating students and the public on how STEM played its role in the output of products)
- NGOs , Government, Universities & MyMakers STEM Exhibition
- Science of Magic (magicians illustrate how scientific principles are applied to create magic tricks)
- Mathematics & Mental Literacy (students learn mental calculation in a fun and innovative way, including ingenious ways of recognizing number patterns in our daily lives)
- Science Communication (this generally refers to public communication presenting science-related topics to non-experts. This often involves professional scientists, called ‘outreach’ or ‘popularization’, but has also evolved into a professional field in its own right. Some of the initiatives include the British Council School Lab and Fame Lab)
- Household Science (Home Science is the art of managing your resources efficiently and the science of achieving a healthy and happy home as well as a successful career. Science is not something that necessarily requires to be done in the closed quarters of a lab. There are many fun experiments that demonstrate cool scientific laws using common objects around the house)
A First-hand Appreciation of Art
The value and importance of arts is often overlooked in favour of core subjects such as Science and Mathematics in academic endeavours. Studies have shown however; that art, music, drama and dance heighten enjoyment and fulfillment, enhances communication skills, advances personal and social development, and fosters creativity and thinking skills. In view of always procuring balanced education; R.E.A.L Schools, Cheras Campus organized a day trip to the National Visual Arts Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex on 17th November 2016 which involved 43 students and four teachers.
The trip commenced with a two-hour guided tour around the National Visual Arts Gallery (Balai Seni Lukis Negara) where the group got a close-up view of spectacular paintings and inspiring creations by well-known artists. With enlightening explanation provided by the gallery’s assistant curator, students learnt to appreciate the aesthetic value of art and the skills needed to produce such beautiful works. After lunch, the Surian party continued their arts adventure to the iconic Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex or Pusat Kraftangan Negara, which houses the Crafts Village where students were taught ‘batik painting’ by an assigned expert. For many, it was a first-time experience and a truly priceless one which would not be forgotten anytime soon.