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Tech Kids Camp 2016
Fourty (40) local students from ten (10) primary schools nationwide were immersed in hands-on learning to produce relevant tech projects in a five-days Tech Kids Camp 2016 organized recently by the Authority for Info-Communication Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) in collaboration with the Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre, Ministry of Education, Women Techmakers powered by Google Developer Groups Brunei (GDG) and the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB). The event took place at Seri Kerna Hall, AITI.

The Tech Kids Camp was aimed to offer students the opportunity to experience the subjects applicable to programming, while providing tools to problem-solve, create, work in teams, and use critical thinking skills.

During the camp, the students from Year 4 and 5 worked as teams to develop an educational game using a simple programming tool called Scratch. The students embraced the importance of STEM learning: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by producing a tech project in the form of an educational game which is centred around the STEM theme. The technical programming contents of Scratch were facilitated by Ms Jennifer Voon from the School of Computing & Informatics, UTB.

The Tech Kids Camp was concluded with a pitching session where students pitched their tech projects to a panel of judges. The team from St Georges School came in 1st place with their project “Math Kids 1”. Coming in 2nd place was Sekolah Rendah Tungku , while Seri Mulia Sarjana School was awarded with 3rd place.

St Georges School also won a Special Award for Best Presenter, with the award for Best ICT Project going to Sekolah Rendah Tungku and Cikgu Norhanani binti Haji Mohd Yusof from Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation Primary School recognised as Best Mentor.

On hand to present the prizes to the winners was Pengiran Haji Mohd Zain bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak, the Chief Executive of AITI.

The Tech Kids Camp is one of the initiatives under “Discover and Excite” program as identified in the National ICT Manpower Masterplan, which was launched earlier this year by the Minister of Communications. The purpose of this program is to allow youth and young students to experience ICT in a tangible and fun way.

AITI hopes this initiative will spur and ignite the students’ interest in exploring their creativity through the use of ICT and looks forward for more collaborations with other relevant stakeholders in relation to human capacity building and youth development in ICT.​