Primary students explore fascinating world of STEM

HSBC Malta Foundation and Esplora collaborate on the fifth edition of the Primary STEM Challenge
Paula Mamo, company secretary at HSBC Malta (far right), representing the HSBC Malta Foundation, together with some of the winning students and programme leads.

A total of 50 primary students in Years 3 to 6 and five primary classroom teachers and their students from state and non-state schools took part in the fifth edition of the Primary STEM Challenge.

The initiative is organised by the directorate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and VET (vocational education and training) Programmes, in its continuous effort to foster scientific curiosity and skills among young learners, with the support of the HSBC Malta Foundation.

The participating students explored one of three engaging themes namely, light, soil or chemical reactions through a hands-on investigative approach. They were tasked with creating a brief, three-minute video to showcase their findings outlining the investigation process in a compelling manner.

The submissions were evaluated by a team of professional adjudicators based on their scientific content, investigative skills and the effectiveness of communication. Entrants could have participated individually or as a classroom, and followed detailed guidelines.

“By participating in the challenge, students not only acquire essential 21st-century skills but also foster a lifelong interest in science and discovery”

Esplora senior director Olaf McKay emphasised the importance of such initiatives.

“By engaging in the Primary STEM Challenge, students not only acquire essential 21st-century skills but also foster a lifelong interest in science and discovery which is at the very heart of our mission and vision at Esplora,” he said.

HSBC Malta Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to educational initiatives by providing attractive prizes for the top three entries in each theme category, as well as a special classroom prize.

“Our support for the Primary STEM Challenge underlines HSBC’s dedication to nurturing young minds and contributing to the educational landscape of Malta,” said Paula Mamo on behalf of the HSBC Malta Foundation.

The first three winners in each category were announced on May 31 on the STEM & VET Curriculum Hub Facebook Page (ex-Science Centre Pembroke – Malta).

During a brief award ceremony held at the HSBC Hub, in Qormi, Xanthe’ Schembri, assistant director STEM & VET Programmes within the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation, presented a certificate of participation to the winners.

Paula Mamo, company secretary at HSBC Malta, presented the winning participants voucher awards sponsored by the HSBC Malta Foundation, while Des Zerafa Cini, education programme and content developer on behalf of Esplora, presented the winners of the Science Communication Award with Esplora family tickets, including the Esplora Planetarium Experience.

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