Retrospective: Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival

Last week, the highly anticipated Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival (CSEF) turned out to be a huge success. Hailed for being the 1st of its kind in Cambodia, the festival adopts a unique hands-on approach to learning through the use of fun.

Organised by the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, a massive 9000-strong crowd thronged the event, more than 4 times of the expected 2000! The fact that the event incorporated fun made it so much easier to teach and inspire children aged 11 to 17. It was evident that the young Cambodians there were excited and motivated to be the next batch of accomplished scientists and engineers.

Held at the Royal University of Phnom Penh across a span of 3 days, the festival saw 50 exhibitors showcasing their cool exhibits to teach attendees more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Activities included robot driving, build-a-rollercoaster, and many more!

In partnership with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MoEYS), the event also incorporated young volunteers from the U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council to help within the festival. 80 other volunteers lent their helping hands with the festival’s logistics and human resource areas.

As part of the exhibitors, Geeks in Cambodia was also there to check out what the hype was about, and boy were we blown away by the overwhelming response!

Outside the Royal University of Phnom Penh, students started entering in large numbers.

The opening ceremony included a young band to welcome as well as to entertain all attendees.

Mr Allen Dodgson Tan, Managing Director of the festival, then graced everyone with his presence and welcoming speech.

Inside the exhibition hall, many of the attendees comprised of school-going children who were eager to learn and find out more on all things STEM from the many different dynamic exhibits.

Many students gathered around this unique exhibit from the Lemon Battery Team.

The LED light, connected to the lemons by wires, was powered by “lemon battery” – an electrical chemical reaction to generate electricity. You can also learn all about electronics and how to make a lemon battery here.

The ever popular 3D printing was also showcased at the festival.

This cool exhibit let a participant try on the virtual reality headset “Oculus Rift”, where one can become entirely engaged in the world of video games.

Many Startup companies were also showcased in the festival; here we have The Idea, giving awesome career advice and personal development to students at the Science Festival.

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Popular Cambodian singer Laura Tevary Mam was even invited to entertain attendees and sing on stage!

We hope everyone who attended enjoyed this one of a kind event and most importantly, had loads of fun while learning so much more about all things STEM!

Take a look at the photos of the event covered by Mr.Rattana Keo, Tech correspondent for Geeks in Cambodia: