Breakthrough Work From SPH Applied Science Academy

Last school year, Sekolah Pelita Harapan Lippo Village initiated the concept of “Centers of Excellence” as a new enrichment program outside of students’ daily classes. The first program was the Applied Science Academy which serves as an avenue for students from Grades 10 to 12 who are passionate about science and eager to pursue more specialized and advanced scientific research.

The Applied Science Academy aims to be at the forefront of empowering our younger generation by providing authentic research environments in areas that the student are passionate about. Dr. Eden Steven, Ph.D., a prominent Indonesian scientist who serves as the Director of the Academy, partnered with some of Universitas Pelita Harapan professors and lecturers as the mentors for this program.

The Applied Science Academy Exhibition was held on Monday, April 15, 2019, and it marked the completion of our Applied Science Academy students’ research process for eight months. There were twenty students’ projects displayed in the Senior Library. Their projects covered interdisciplinary sciences including biotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer science, pharmaceuticals, and materials science.

Since this is applied science, all of the projects resulted in applicable products that tackle real problems. For example, a Biotechnology and Microbiology project from one of the Grade 12 students centered on how one of the components in bacteria from fermented food can be isolated to treat cardiovascular disease naturally.

The attendees at the Exhibition were the mentors from UPH, teachers, parents and some honorable guests. One of the honorable guests was Prof. Dr. Ismunandar, Indonesia’s Director General of Learning and Students Affairs. In one of his interviews, he praised students’ work at the exhibition and encouraged students to be more involved in the science field.

“I think this is a great effort by SPH to expose science more to the public. We hope this program will continue. Students who have an interest in doing scientific research like this can continue their careers in science later on, and they also can invite their friends to be interested in science as well, because science is actually the same with other fields; it is not as complicated as it seems, as long as we are passionate about it,” he said.

As a result of the exhibition, we have witnessed the incredible talents of these high-school students that go beyond any expectations coming from Grade 10, 11, and 12 students. There is no other person who can be more proud of these students than Dr. Eden Steven, the Director of the Applied Science Academy.

“It is clear that our students in Indonesia are deeply talented and passionate toward solving problems through science. This is an era where we as a nation can make the quantum leap toward an advanced science and technology-based nation with a commitment to environmental responsibilities, humane society, and strong education for our future generations,” Dr. Eden Steven said.

Applied science and advanced technology should be started at high school to prepare many young scientists who can bring a better and brighter future for Indonesia, and even for the world.

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The Center of Excellence in Applied Science at SPH: Preparing Students in 21st Century Skills

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