Microsoft is heightening its commitment to supporting youth development and creating greater opportunities for education for young people around the world. In addition to initiatives such as Partners in Learning and the recently launched YouthSpark programme, Microsoft Singapore is also ramping up its efforts to work closely with the government, communities and schools to empower youth through the power of technology.
As part of the increased focus on projects that enable young people to realise their potential, Microsoft is a key sponsor of the annual Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC), which was held for the fifth consecutive year in 2013.
Organised by DSO National Laboratories and the Singapore Science Centre, SAFMC 2013 featured the participation of more than 5,000 aviation enthusiasts nationwide — ranging from primary school students to undergraduates — pitting their technology skills against each other.
Competing teams are not only required to design, build and fly their machines, but they must also present the design concept and their learning journey to a panel of judges. Before the official ‘Challenge Week’ of the competition that took place from 18 to 22 March, a series of workshops and clinic sessions were also held by the organisers to provide professional guidance to the participants. “The purpose of the competition is to instil a strong interest in science and technology among young people. Through the clinics and workshops we organise, we aim to help them hone their skills and enhance their basic understanding of flight theories,” said Tan Soo Kee, Deputy Director of the People Division, DSO National Laboratories.
The SAFMC awards presentation ceremony was held on 23 March at the Singapore Science Centre.
Throughout the competition, Microsoft’s Kinect® technology was integral to the innovative ideas showcased during SAFMC 2013 — with several teams leveraging the motion sensing technology to develop highly sophisticated, Kinect-enabled flying machines.
“By supporting DSO National Laboratories and the Singapore Science Centre, Microsoft has demonstrated our commitment to forging meaningful collaborations and sharing our expertise through partnership-based youth initiatives. Our aim is to equip young people in Singapore with the latest technologies and help them develop the skills they need for the future,” said Stephanie Hung, Public Sector Director of Microsoft Singapore.
“Our aim is to equip young people in Singapore with the latest technologies and help them develop the skills they need for the future.”— Stephanie Hung, Public Sector Director, Microsoft Singapore.
For more information, please visit www.dsoamazingcompetitions.com.sg/safmc