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American Degree Transfer Programme STEM Challenge Extravaganza: Inspiring Innovation at Taylor's University

The American Degree Transfer Programme (ADTP) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge recently took place at Taylor's University Lakeside Campus, drawing over 100 students who formed 31 teams from various high schools. The participants hailed from various high schools including Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Utama Damansara 4, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Bukit Maluri, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Batu Unjur, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit Tinggi Klang, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Shahbandaraya, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Hin Hua High School, Kuen Cheng High School, Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur, and Wesley Methodist School Klang.

The day commenced with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by a welcoming session featuring opening remarks by Dr. Wong Yau Hsiung, Chairperson of the event and Stream Coordinator of the Engineering and Computer Science Stream, who also serves as the e-Learning Coordinator in the American Degree Transfer Programme. Dr. Laurie A. Miller, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programmes and Curriculum and an Associate Professor of Practice in Economics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, delivered the keynote speech via Zoom from the United States.

The challenge consisted of four tasks - 'Molecular Model', a Biology/Chemistry challenge; 'Water Rocket Launch', a Physics challenge; 'Elastic Power Car', an Engineering challenge; and 'Beyond the Maze', a Computer Science challenge. Participants received instructions and spent the day designing and developing their prototypes. In the afternoon, Taylor's University Square buzzed with excitement as participants showcased their projects, creating a dynamic atmosphere marked by both successes and learning moments.

The day’s events were well-received by spectators and judges alike. Following a refreshing break, evening activities resumed with an engaging talk on Astronomy, captivating the audience. The prize-giving ceremony, conducted by Dr. Sua Sin Zang, Principal of Chung Hua High School, Seremban, marked the culmination of the event. Dr. Loh Kah Heng, ADTP Programme Director, then presented awards to the deserving winners during the closing ceremony.

The Taylor's ADTP STEM Challenge provided a platform for students to explore their scientific and engineering talents, fostering innovation and collaboration. The event was a resounding success, leaving participants eager for next year's competition.


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