The Applied Science Academy (ASA) is a learning program designed for students in grades 10-12 at Sekolah Pelita Harapan Lippo Village. It is a research-based learning program that offers mentorship from professionals in the fields of renewable energy, biotechnology, computer science, food science, and more.
This year, ASA is celebrating its fifth anniversary, during which 69 students have completed 87 research projects. These projects are original, bold, contextual, fun, and essential to work on. For this program, students have conducted research in various fields, including developing products, prototypes, mobile apps, investigating earth sciences, and new materials. Some of these works have been published in international journals and conferences.
ASA is led and mentored by Dr. Eden Steven, an Indonesian physicist who earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Florida State University in 2012. He has published over 20 international scientific articles. His passion extends to the younger generations of students. Dr. Eden developed and taught over 100 scientific experimental modules for children to learn science in a fun and engaging way.
In the past five years, the world has faced many challenges and witnessed extremely rapid progression of technology and scientific discoveries, such as in genetics, pharmaceuticals, earth and planetary sciences, and artificial intelligence. These scientific revolutions are set to change the way we live in the near future. It is crucial to find a way to lower the environmental impacts resulting from the ever-increasing consumption of energy, to find a way to live with our need for efficient materials such as synthetic plastic without harming the planet and our future generations, and live with the coming AI revolution in such a way that it advances society and not the other way around, making the world more just and peaceful. Thus, there is a need for new discoveries, new knowledge, and new concepts in science to open new avenues for applications in the future. We need to try our best to empower our future generation of problem solvers early in their careers.
The Applied Science Academy (ASA) aims to provide the advanced scientific and technological literacy and instil critical thinking and communication skills, as well as an open-minded, collaborative, inventive, quick to adapt, quick to listen, and quick to learn mindset in students early in their careers. Early exposure ensures that students are prepared to seize opportunities and face challenges in university, which is highly competitive and decisive for their future. Dr. Eden Steven, ASA’s Director also mentioned, “this program strengthens and contextualizes class coursework through an afterschool research-based learning model, where students are allowed to explore and research their topics with their mentors. ASA is where students get to apply their fundamental coursework in class to real-world problems, tying them together into multidisciplinary concepts and coming up with novel and potentially effective solutions.”
Heesun Yoon, one of ASA's alumni, also shared her lifechanging experience with the academy. “Being a part of ASA was an invaluable experience for me. It allowed me to develop knowledge and experience that many high school students would not be able to obtain easily, and it is still helping me in my college education. It's also thanks to meeting good mentors who were very supportive of my work through and through,” Yoon stated.
This year, 28 science academy students have carried out 28 year-long research topics alongside their busy class schedule. The students' achievements are remarkable, and the program is inviting visitors to see their work at the Applied Science Academy Exhibition 2023. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the students, who will be showcasing their projects, such as an AI-vision-enabled Tetris game, a seawave energy generator, an Energy Tile that harvests energy from footsteps, and a heat energy harvesting system. Additionally, students will demonstrate their Spikoo vermicomposting bin, SortBotz trash bin machine, and Soap-prise soap refill station, among others.
“For this year’s exhibition, we will include a new experience through interactive zones. We will showcase TennBot, a robot that tracks and tosses a tennis ball to the player. Visitors can test AutoMate, an object detection camera system for cars that helps alert non-attentive drivers to stop when an object is in front of a car,”
Dr. Eden added. The exhibition will also feature students investigating various local plant extracts and ingredients for potential use in antidiabetic, antioxidant, and antimicrobial applications, as well as students who conducted research in the fields of food science, technology, and engineering.
For this exhibition, visitors are welcome to meet and talk to the science academy students, who are finishing up their manuscripts for scientific publications and have gone through rigorous college application processes. These students have been accepted to various top universities worldwide, some with highly prestigious scholarships. For families with children interested in pursuing a career in science, this would be an excellent opportunity to learn more about their high school experience and how they achieved their accomplishments thus far. The Applied Science Academy Exhibition 2023 promises to be a fun and educational event for families and friends. We are looking forward to seeing you at the exhibition. It would be an honour for us to have your presence at our Applied Science Academy Exhibition 2023 at Sekolah Pelita Harapan Lippo Village.
Details of Event
Date & Time
May 25, 2023 on 2 PM - 5 PM (Invitation Only)
May 26, 2023 on 8 AM - 4 PM (SPH Community Only)
May 29-30, 2023 on 8 AM - 4 PM (Open for public with RSVP in prior)
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