Building dreams – supporting the next generation of STEM leaders

Building dreams – supporting the next generation of STEM leaders

The Chi Wah Robotic Innovation centre

Establishing a relationship between the science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) innovators of tomorrow is just one benefit of the new Macquarie University Robotic Centre. Supported by the Chi Wah Foundation, the multi-million-dollar robotics centre is being built in China’s Fuzhou Province thanks to a generous donation from Chinese businessman Dr Colin Lam. It will be a place for children from Chinese provinces who generally don’t have access to state-of-the-art technology to learn about robotic design and construction, and ultimately manufacture and test their own robots. Endowments such as Dr Lam’s work towards inspiring the next generation of visionaries, with the new centre opening its facilities to a different school every week. Children will build competition-standard robots, with participating schools duelling in a robotics competition that will see the winners competing at national and international contests.

Curriculum, administrative and technical support will be provided by Macquarie University. Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton says it’s an opportunity for the University to gain experience in STEM education in a different culture. “It’s also about building brand and reputation in that region of China.” Exceptional students from China will be invited to travel to Australia, and Australian students to China, to share, learn, create and inspire their peers. Students who demonstrate excellence in engineering will gain preferential access to apply for Macquarie University undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Science and Engineering – providing an opportunity that could change a life. Donations such as Dr Lam’s open doors for children to thrive, and potentially become leaders in the STEM field. Hopefully the success and sustainability of this project will set the scale and pace of subsequent expansion into other provinces.

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Content owner: Advancement Last updated: 11 Jun 2019 1:56pm

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