Legoland Malaysia uplifts regional STEM school challenge


In its second year conducting the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) school challenge, Legoland Malaysia has inspired students from beyond Malaysian shores to tap their limitless potential of creativity while working in groups plus also teachers and parents.

Students in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore joined their Malaysian counterparts to participate in the latest ‘Cities of the Future’ challenge, with the finalists regaled to a special awards ceremony at the theme park here.

The Legoland School Challenge 2023 brought together close to 4,000 students and teachers from diverse backgrounds, with most submissions from Malaysian schools and 10% representing esteemed schools from Indonesia, Singapore, and Philippines, said divisional director C S Lim.

When parents are also factored into contributions for this year’s challenge, he said around 10,000 people were involved. “What’s even more remarkable is the astounding interest we witnessed in the challenge this year. A whopping 683 groups from 438 schools registered their interest in participating, marking a staggering 200% increase from last year.”

Lim said prizes valued at RM100,000 in total were awarded to the top participating school teams. These prizes include an educational trip to Legoland Malaysia Resort, an awe-inspiring trophy meticulously constructed from Lego bricks, and an exclusive opportunity to participate in one of Legoland Malaysia’s STEM education programmes.

All winners will also have the privilege of attending an exclusive workshop with Lego Master Model Builders, where they can further refine their skills and deepen their love for creating through Lego bricks.

“Through our partnership with the Ministry of Education, participating students were able to count their submissions towards their extra-curricular activities, encouraging more Malaysian students to engage in this out-of-classroom learning experience.

“The support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Arts allowed us to open the challenge to students from the region, solidifying Malaysia’s position as a hub for educational and cultural exchange and fostering a diverse community of young innovators.

“Iskandar Investment Bhd’s (IIB) investment has enabled Legoland Malaysia to nurture the creativity of tomorrow, inspiring the continued development of the Iskandar Puteri area and paving the way for a dynamic and vibrant community.”

The following are the winning teams for primary school students (7-12 years old) category:

5th Place: Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

Description: Our satellite city is a soaring urban landscape that has reached new heights above ground and ventured deep underground. Marvel at the ingenious architecture that embraces both the skies and the depths, creating a captivating and multi-dimensional urban experience.

4th Place: Sekolah Kebangsaan Medini Nusajaya, Johor Bahru.

Description: Green Ring Metropolis stands as a truly unique marvel, ingeniously designed to embrace advanced futuristic facilities while preserving and nurturing the urban green ecosystem. Witness the seamless coexistence of innovation and sustainability in this extraordinary urban oasis.

3rd Place: SK Tunku Azizah, Kuantan, Pahang.

Description: Welcome to our sustainable eco- city, a remarkable fusion of innovation and environmental stewardship that aligns seamlessly with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 7 and 11. Embracing cutting-edge technologies and thoughtful urban planning, we have crafted the ultimate living spaces, ensuring a harmonious and thriving community for all our Lego residents.

2nd Place: Sekolah Kebangsaan Kubang Kerian 3, Kelantan.

Description: Embark on a journey into the future with ‘Innovative Advances in Revolutionising an Alternative City,’ where the captivating fusion of hydroelectricity, solar walls, and bladeless wind turbines powers a groundbreaking and sustainable urban marvel.

Grand Prize Winner SJKC Keat Hwa K, Alor Setar, Kedah

Description: Step into North Star City, a futuristic metropolis where Sustainability and Innovation intertwine to forge a better, brighter world. This visionary creation showcases a harmonious urban landscape committed to a greener, more promising future.

The following are winners in the secondary school students (13-17 years old) category:

5th Place: Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, Putrajaya.

Description: In this empowering Lego creation, the citizens of fictional Moxembourg embark on a journey to rebuild their beloved city. Witness their resilience and determination as they come together to create a brighter, hopeful future for Moxembourg.

4th Place: Sekolah Menengah St Dominic, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Description: Discover an aquatic utopia reminiscent of Atlantis, where a captivating city rises from the water’s embrace.

3rd Place: SMK Medini, Iskandar Puteri, Johor.

Description: An eco-friendly Lego marvel meticulously crafted with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its guiding principles.

2nd Place: Ateneo de Manila Junior High School, The Philippines.

Description: Behold the micro-scale masterpiece, an exquisite replica of Laguna de Bay, nestled on Luzon Island. Experience the breathtaking beauty and intricate details of this enchanting Lego creation that pays homage to the iconic lake and its surroundings.

Grand Prize Winner: Campus Rangers International School, Kuala Lumpur.

Description: Experience the brilliance of a solar- powered, emulsion-free green city, equipped with cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring modern architecture, where sustainability and advancement unite in perfect harmony.

IIB Catalyst of Change Award: Sri Kuala Lumpur International School (Primary), Kuala Lumpur.

Description: This integrated city prioritises convenience and environmental preservation, striking a harmonious balance between essential services and the well-being of our planet.

* Photos by Chris Nantha, group image supplied