A Science Center in Malaysia Makes STEM Fun

Jay with Nik Nurul Kamila, a program and marketing specialist at the Penang Science Cluster in Malaysia 

The Penang Science Cluster (PSC) was created to inspire local students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Penang is a state in Malaysia, a Southeast Asian country that is home to more than 33.5 million people. 

“We’re dedicated to advancing STEM education and fostering innovation and creativity within the realm of STEM,” said Nik Nurul Kamila in a recent interview. Kamila is PSC’s program and marketing specialist. 

PSC is located in George Town, Penang’s capital. The nonprofit organization is supported by local businesses and the state government. 

PSC collaborates with corporations that use the latest technology to deliver their products, including B. Braun Medical Inc., Intel, and Motorola Solutions. Company leaders serve on PSC’s Board of Directors, which seeks to develop local students’ talents. 

PSC offers hands-on instruction for students between the ages of 7 and 18. Kids can take courses on a range of topics, including aeronautics, computer coding, and robotics. A few years ago, I took classes at the PSC.

A Coding-For-All course is supported by the Penang State Government. It aims to empower 100,000 students annually with computer coding skills. A key goal is to eliminate economic barriers to technological literacy. Despite challenges finding financial support, PSC provided 80,000 students with the basics of coding in 2019. 

A Girls in STEM program helps bridge gaps in STEM education and offers opportunities for girls in underserved communities. “I’m very happy with the activities and workshops,” said Nadeerah, a participant. “I’ve learned a lot from the program.”


A Girls in STEM program gives young students hands-on experiences with technology. 


The Penang International Science Fair (PISF), an annual celebration of innovation and knowledge, is one of PSC’s most notable accomplishments. The event brings tech leaders and students from around the world together to share ideas and work on creative projects.

STEM workshops at the science fair give kids hands-on experiences in making electronic toys, creating video games, learning about magnetic fluid, and more. With 60,000 participants each year, the science fair is recognized as a leader in STEM education in Penang and throughout Malaysia. 





Photos courtesy of the author