SAITM STEM ’15 Challenge

A school level island-wide Science, Technology, Engineering &
Management (STEM) Competition

24th and 31st October 2015

South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) successfully completed the inaugural SAITM STEM ‘15 challenge on Saturday, 31st October 2015 at SAITM Malabe campus.

SAITM is an UGC approved, non-state sector degree awarding higher education institute in Sri Lanka established in year 2009. The Institute consists of four faculties, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of ICT and Media and Faculty of Management and Finance; namely. Over the last 5-6 years, SAITM has been recognized for the quality education provided in the fields of Engineering, Medicine, ICT and Media and Management and Finance.

STEM, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Management” is an island wide competition, designed to encourage island-wide school students to compete in four highly competitive challenges namely; “RoboSprint, MathRelay, DigiArt, and Inter School Essay Competition (ISEC)”. All the competitions were conducted in Senior and Junior categories, targeting students in Grades 12 and 13 and Grades 10 and 11 respectively.

'RoboSprint' challenge was to design and build an autonomous line following robot to compete in a given racing track. The mission of each robot was to complete the track in the shortest possible time. RoboSprint racing track emulated a typical road. It featured bends, up-down climbing in inclined road segments, road breaks and rough surfaces.

'MathRelay' was the first ever competition of this nature organized for all the “Mathaholic young school minds” in the country by the SAITM Faculty of Engineering. The primary objective of MathRelay competition was to build up school level students’ interest and awareness on Mathematical subjects by bringing them into an open arena where, they can compete with each other and assess the limits of their mathematical skills and analytical and logical thinking abilities.

Inter School Essay Competition (ISEC) was a nationwide essay competition involving school students who have newly completed or are about to sit for their GCE (O/L) and GCE (A/L) examinations. The main purpose with the proposed project was to recognize good students for their talent in the concerned fields of studies. Titles of the essay for for Strategy I GCE (O/L) students were, “Discuss the advantages of e-marketing for the consumers of Sri Lanka” or “Survey the advantages for the economy Sri Lanka of the greater expansion of entrepreneurship in the country”. Titles of essays for Strategy II were, “Significance of Education for entrepreneurship and economic growth” or “Globalization and entrepreneurship” or “Significance of a viable health sector for national welfare development” or “Role of accountancy in Business”.

'DigiArt' competition was to recognize school students with extra ordinary computer graphics skills encouraging only art works done using a computer and a Digital Art or Computer Graphics package. Only one exhibit was accepted from each student. In parallel to DigiArt there was a workshop for the competitiors on 24th October focusing on advances of computer graphics.

The entire mission of SAITM STEM’15 challenge was fully accomplished with nearly 800 student registrations from both state and non-state sector schools for all the competitions. In addition to the Dr. Neville Fernando Champion’s trophy, gold, silver and bronze medals and certificates, following attractive cash prizes also equally distributed among the school and the team under each competition in both senior and junior categories.