S&T Engineering Human Resource Development
Encouraged by the success of the first Science and Technology Camp for Children (Robot Camp) camp in Brunei in 2006, EST organized the second Camp in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2009, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Cambodia, the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the UNESCO Phnom Penh Office. The camp was attended by 52 children between 10 and 15 years of age from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Timor-Leste. Two programmes were implemented by the University of Indonesia in collaboration with LEGO Education and Tokyo Institute of Technology. A robot scavenging competition at the end of the camp was broadcast to Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan with support from the School on Internet Asia Project, the National University of Singapore, and Indonesia’s Directorate of Higher Education, through the SOI and INHERENT networks. The website is at www.robotcamp.org
The longest total solar eclipse this century occurred on 21 July 2009, the Year of Astronomy. EST organized the event with Indonesia’s Directorate of Higher Education and the Indonesian Astronomy Society (IAS) in Bandung to observe real-time video images of the eclipse that were transmitted from Ioh Jima, Japan, through SOI and INHERENT. More than 100 middle school students from Jakarta and students from a local Japanese School were invited to the event, during which an expert from IAS gave a lecture about the eclipse and other astronomical phenomena. The event was coordinated also with several countries in Asia.
UNESCO has been working closely with the Association for Engineering Education in Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Pacific (AEESEAP) to improve engineering education in Asia and the Pacific region. EST supported the Executive Committee Meeting in Seoul in 2009 and the Workshop on the Washington Accord in Manila in 2010.