STEM Outreach aims to nurture young talents

“Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation,” said Simon Sinek, a British author and motivational speaker.


A member of IEEE USM Student Branch guides and share his knowledge to Aiman from SMKA Nibong Tebal.

Rome was not built in a day and leaders were not created in a blink of an eye. The world is transforming at a rapid pace where change is inevitable. Nevertheless, in order to cope with such huge progression, knowledge will be our main key for a better future and nation.

With the aim of inspiring young talents especially the female talents, IEEE USM Student Branch started STEM Outreach to expose the young ones regarding the latest technology and projects.

STEM Outreach also known as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Outreach much focuses on young talents in Penang, trying to give a first-hand experience to the primary and secondary school students.

Before heading to numerous schools around Penang, IEEE USM Student Branch requested permission from the Penang Education Department and initiated the activity by contacting the schools respectively.

Firstly, exhibitions on hoverboard, levitation magnet, and self-balancing dinosaur which are interesting for the students are introduced by the IEEE USM members. Further explanations are done to ensure the students understand well.

Furthermore, a workshop such as Arduino workshop is conducted whereby the students can try to code and program the Arduino board themselves. It may have seemed difficult at first but with the guidance from IEEE USM members, students learnt much faster than we could ever imagined.

Young ones are often described as a dry sponge. With the correct initiation, they will be soaked in knowledge and pumped with crazy imaginations. People always said that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop but here we can see that a fresh, young mind is a prodigy’s workshop.


New technology products such as the hoverboard is used to grab the attentions of the students and members from IEEE USM Student Branch explains to them the magic behind it.

Besides, students are also exposed to hands-on on basic robotics technology. It is fun to own a robot but it will be even cooler to build one by yourself. With some guidance from our patient members, the students get to have a better insight of programming, microcontroller boards and application. Later, mentors from the related industries such as engineering will guide and enlighten them in their final project which is to come out with one project based on the technology that they have learned throughout the workshop.

This initiation not only has increased the exposure of technology among the young talents but it also gave them an excellent opportunity to try and experience all the mysteries beneath technology.


A member from IEEE USM Student Branch explains and demonstrates to the female students SK Valdor patiently.

In addition, this project benefited ten schools around Penang from June to November 2016. The first activity was completed at SMJK Union on the 11th of June 2016 and followed by SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian on 18th of June. Then, the project took place at SK Valdor (9th of July), Politeknik Seberang Perai (23rd of July), SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman (6th of August), SRJK Han Chiang (13th of August), SMK Methodist Nibong Tebal (10th of September), SMKA Nibong Tebal (9th of October), SK Saujana Indah (16th of November) and lastly SMK Seri Nibong (23rd of November).

A total of 315 young talents got the first taste of STEM Outreach in 2016 and IEEE USM Student Branch hoped that this project will groom their interest especially the female talents into engineering and technology and inspire them to set a future life goal.


A group photo taken from SK Saujana Indah and our member, Farhan.

STEM Outreach is believed to be the first step for all the students to gain interest and discover their passion in science and technology. As the day goes by, other IEEE USM Student Branch programmes like Techmentor program and Young Innovate competition will be ready for them to try out their creativities and innovations, maybe blast us off with their wildest ideas.

Perhaps you are interested to have us in your primary or secondary school? We are more than happy to be there and inspire the next generation. Drop us a message at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Tan Kwang Shean, or just Wilfred Tan, is an unprententious writer who loves to record his daily life in words. With some luck, he is now a Journalism major learning the art of writing and hoping to inspire someone someday.