Iskandar Investment Berhad Nurturing Future Generations Through Science,  Technology, Engineering, And Math (Stem) Education

Seeding young talent in emerging technology for a sustainable metropolis at Iskandar Puteri, Johor.
Credit: IIB

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Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB), in collaboration with  Avitex Solution (M) Sdn Bhd, a company of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), organised their third and fourth cohort of the Iskandar Puteri Junior Drone Pilot Programme (IPJDP) in Iskandar Puteri. 

The program kicked off in December 2021 and was designed to engage with the local community and other interested parties looking for opportunities to expose their children to emerging technology. Iskandar Puteri is home to a Drone and Robotics Zone championed by  IIB, recognised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation as a National Technology and Innovation Sandbox. This grassroots initiative aligns with IIB’s vision of building Iskandar  Puteri as an inclusive and sustainable future metropolis, via seeding local talent and interest within the community. 

The Junior Drone Pilot Programme focuses on STEM education, which includes basic technical knowledge, piloting, and programming skills and, most importantly, safety related to drone operations.

Open to Primary and Secondary school students with no prior exposure to drones,  this programme is targeted to expose the younger generation to emerging technologies and their various applications via hands-on, experiential learning programmes.  

Young drone enthusiasts enjoying a day of the immersive educational experience at the Iskandar Puteri Junior Drone Pilot Programme.
(Credit: Iskandar Investment Berhad)

We are proud to partner with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia in developing local young talents and propelling Iskandar Puteri’s visibility and positioning as the centre of the digital economy and talent development in Johor. With the increase in drone companies and service providers operating in Iskandar Puteri via  IIB’s Drone and Robotics Zone Iskandar initiative, the Junior Drone Pilot Programme hopes  not only to strengthen the community around drones and robotics but also to expose, encourage and empower the younger generation to pursue careers in technology and innovation.

IIB President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Idzham Mohd Hashim

He added, “This programme will nurture an innovation-centric ecosystem to enhance economic activities and new talent development within Iskandar Malaysia. We hope the programme will catalyse local talent development towards positioning Iskandar Puteri as an emerging technology and talent hub for Malaysia and the Asia Pacific Region.

Representatives from Iskandar Investment Berhad and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia together with the participants of the Iskandar Puteri Junior Drone Pilot Programme
(Credit: Iskandar Investment Berhad)

STEM learning from an early age is vital to ensure that students are equipped with skills to cope in a world dependent on technology. We now have the tools to keep students engaged and passionate about these subjects. Incorporating  drones in education is the new way of making learning more fun, innovative and interactive for the younger generation.

Managing Director of Avitex Solution (M) Sdn Bhd Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Zulafif bin Rahim

The Junior Drone Pilot Programme has brought together just under eighty young drone enthusiasts who enjoy a day of immersive educational experience and hands-on opportunities. The programme is scheduled every quarter and can accommodate 20  participants per session. Participants will receive a fully functioning drone, a pilot wing badge,  a Certified Junior Drone Pilot Certificate and most importantly, the knowledge of drone components, electronics, safety, programming and flying. For more information on upcoming Junior Drone Pilot Programmes, follow us on Instagram @iskandarinvestment 

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