The rising advancement of the world necessitates the nurturing of interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), particularly among the youth. In 2021, the government expressed its desire to raise the percentage of students in STEM to 60% in order to ensure a robust talent pool in STEM fields. According to Malaysia's Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang, the country needs to increase the number of engineers registered nationwide from the current 187,900 by the end of 2022. This translates to a ratio of one engineer per 170 people. However, to double the number of engineers by 2030, the nation must overcome a number of obstacles and challenges.
With a high acknowledgement of the significance of STEM education, ViTrox Academy has embarked on a mission to ignite the aspirations of the younger generation through our STEM initiatives. Our relentless commitment to inspiring young minds is fueled by our strategic partnership with Cytron. With the key collaboration, ViTrox Academy is able to harness the transformative power of cutting-edge tools like Cytron's 3D pens and printers in our pursuit of STEM initiatives.
Within this article, we delve into the profound contribution of collaboration between ViTrox Academy and Cytron in reshaping the STEM education landscape, leaving an indelible impression on the minds of our budding innovators.
ViTrox Makerspace - The Innovation Playground for STEM education
ViTrox Makerspace emerges as a testament to the commitment of our unwavering dedication to fostering STEM development in the Seberang Perai region. Acting as an innovation playground, it serves as a community hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, and skill-building through cohesive hands-on learning. Within its walls, the place provides students or working adults with an inspiring environment to unleash their creative potential and bring their ideas to life. Special thanks to the invaluable support of Cytron in providing cutting-edge tools, ViTrox Makerspace is able to meld entertainment with education, while bridging the gap between students' boundless imagination and the realm of practical knowledge.
Cytron’s Most Promising Tools for ViTrox
Within ViTrox Makerspace, there are several noteworthy Cytron equipment, but the makeRex 3D Pen and the 3D printers (Artillery Hornet 3D Printer and Snapmaker 2.0 3 in 1 Printer) truly stand out. Cytron's provision of the makeRex 3D Pen has opened up a world of possibilities for young minds to shape their creations in the ViTrox Makerspace. Students can sketch, design, and create three-dimensional versions of their ideas using these portable devices. The 3D pens are the ideal tool for both inexperienced and experienced users due to their precise control, simplicity, and versatility through seamless filament flow. Cytron's commitment to delivering high-quality products has ensured that students have access to reliable tools that refine and foster a holistic learning experience. With these practical tools by Cytron, students now have access to trustworthy resources that enhance and promote a well-rounded educational experience at ViTrox Makerspace.
Moreover, the presence of Cytron's reliable and efficient 3D printers, such as the Artillery Hornet 3D Printer and Snapmaker 2.0 3 in 1 Printer have played a vital role in fostering students' creativity and problem-solving abilities. Through the conversion of digital designs into tangible objects, students gain a better grasp of the design process and how STEM principles are applied in practical ways. As a result, ViTrox Makerspace has blossomed into a hub of innovation, empowering students to unleash the boundless depths of their imagination and effortlessly bring their visionary concepts to life with unparalleled precision and ease.
The Ripple Effect: Joint Efforts to STEM Education
ViTrox Academy’s collaboration with Cytron has expanded STEM education to broader audiences. Cytron's involvement goes beyond being a mere equipment supplier, as they actively contribute to the advancement of STEM education. Notably, the workshops centred around 3D pens and printers have emerged as highly sought-after initiatives. In the year 2022, these workshops witnessed a remarkable participation of 1,959 secondary school students, showcasing their popularity among young learners. However, the impact of these workshops extends beyond immediate learning outcomes. The utilisation of 3D pens and printers has sparked a profound inspiration among students, leading them to independently explore and experiment with these technologies.
Furthermore, the joint efforts to STEM education have far-reaching implications that extend beyond the immediate impact. As students are introduced to the realm of 3D pens and printers through these workshops, they gradually become advocates for these technologies. Sharing their own experiences, they inspire their peers to actively engage in STEM pursuits. This wave of inspiration and enthusiasm has resulted in heightened interest and active involvement in various STEM-related activities, fostering a culture of innovation and curiosity among the young generation.
*Caption: Cytron makeRex 3D Pen helps students to develop fine-motor skills and better understanding on the fundamental of three-dimensional designs through sculpture modeling.
ViTrox Academy's dynamic partnership with Cytron has made a significant impact on STEM education, integrating the latest technologies and innovative teaching methods. Both of these industry players have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to nurturing young minds and paving the way for a brighter, more technologically-advanced future by empowering students to unleash their creativity and imagination, explore innovative ideas, and cultivate essential skills for the future. Their inspiring contributions to STEM education set a pioneering example for other organisations, motivating them to foster a generation of innovative thinkers and problem solvers.