The following is a summarised version of a press release by Intel Malaysia.
Intel Malaysia has launched the Intel® Geek Kids program in partnership with the Penang Science Cluster (PSC) to promote STEM education among underserved primary school students in Malaysia. Following a successful pilot program in 2022, the initiative aims to foster an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through a series of workshops and competitions.
The program’s official launch began with a nationwide roadshow featuring a series of eight in-person workshops over two months. These workshops will engage over 700 primary school students aged 9 to 12. The curriculum covers various topics, including problem-solving and technical skills, providing students and teachers with an exciting learning experience.
AK Chong, Managing Director of Intel Malaysia and Vice President of Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations, expressed the company’s commitment to offering equal opportunities for all children to acquire technology-based skills. Intel believes everyone should have access to STEM education, regardless of background. The program aims to open young minds to explore the possibilities and potential in the field of STEM.
The workshops will be followed by an innovation project showcase, where participants will receive mentorship to develop their projects. This will culminate in an innovation competition scheduled for October 2023. The Penang Science Cluster’s CEO, Dato’ Ooi Peng Ee, emphasises their pride in collaborating with Intel Malaysia for this initiative. The organisation is dedicated to advancing STEM education and inspiring innovation among young students.
Intel Malaysia, which has been operating since 1972, is the first offshore site for Intel Corporation. With over RM32 billion invested, it employs approximately 15,000 people, housing the country’s most significant design and development center. It is also one of Intel’s two shared services hubs, supporting global Intel sites in HR, Finance, Procurement, IT, and Supply Chain operations. Additionally, Intel Malaysia is the company’s largest assembly and test manufacturing site, utilising smart manufacturing techniques to produce Intel’s latest products.
Overall, the Intel® Geek Kids program aims to ignite curiosity, empower students, and create a bright future filled with endless opportunities in STEM fields for young learners in Malaysia.