Tech Jam 2018

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Caltex’s signature community outreach program, Caltex Fuel Your School, is back to raise funds to drive learning and spark an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects amongst primary and secondary students nationwide.

Students of all ages gathered to learn about e-waste and tinker by making their very own tiny robot at Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2018’s pop up lab at the Jurong Regional Library. The public got to participate in a free preview of exciting activities about to come in July, and even got to try out an “Instagram Bot” which was made from scratch – both inside and out! A little bit about the technology behind the Instagram bot, it was made using 150 lines of codes and a microcomputer – Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi is great for electronic projects and building your own robots, indicating the endless creativity and possibilities that students can accomplish simply with a pocket-sized computer. A successful project by the Science Centre Singapore, the unique experiment about this Instagram bot was the fact that a person has to simply sit on a chair, and the codes will proceed to work its magic to capture a photo and automatically upload the photo onto a designated Instagram account – without pressing any buttons.

This World Environment Day, your next full tank could potentially contribute to saving the planet.

Here’s how it works: From 4-30 June, Caltex has pledged to contribute SGD3 for every 150 LinkPoints redeemed for Caltex fuel at stations nationwide. Up to SGD60,000 has been pledged to Science Centre Singapore to fund Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam, a fun hands-on workshop to convert e-waste into quirky app-controlled robots come July 2018.

However, it will take community support to realize this e-waste learning journey.

Not a driver? You can still make a difference by helping Science Centre Singapore in its e-waste collection drive. From 4-15 June 2018, the Centre is on the hunt for material to help budding e-Waste Warriors innovate sustainably. Examples of e-waste that you can send directly to the Science Centre during the collection drive include electronic toys with moving parts (motors) and lights; mobile phones (with vibration motors) and electronic table clocks (motors, gearbox). Items that are not used during the Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam program will be responsibly disposed of by the Science Centre.

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Always finding ways to keep his hands full, Krado loves to tinker with his car whenever he has the free time. Usually ends in tears or a multiple fluid facial.

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