Apr 12, 2002
The initiative, titled Project Imagine!, began in January, with the first program concluding this month. The primary objective is to tap the imaginations of 12-year-old children from St. Hilda's Primary School to create their idea of what a future data storage device could be. The concept of Project Imagine! took hold over the course of Seagate's long-standing relationship with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
"By encouraging our children to exercise their creativity and develop their interest in science and technology, we hope to develop a future generation to carry the world of technology well into the future," said James Chirico, Seagate senior vice president and General Manager, Worldwide Operations. "We see this as a small but meaningful way of responding to Singapore's call for more creativity and innovation, which happens to be one of Seagate's corporate values as well."
"By extending their education beyond the classroom, we hope to add more value to what we provide our pupils," said Mrs. Foo Sook Fong, St. Hilda's Primary School's Principal. "There are many lessons to be learned from people in the real world and Seagate gave us the perfect opportunity." St. Hilda's Primary School was chosen because of its outstanding educational track record as a neighborhood school. It produced the top Primary School Leaving Examinations students in 2000.
Project Imagine! was made up of five teamseach comprised of four students under the guidance of one Seagate mentor. The teams met every Saturday to jointly create and design a data storage device and a website to showcase various elements of their design. In addition to creating the best model for the future storage product, the children were also given the task of "marketing" the drive.
The project culminated in a competition during Parents' Day where the five teams of four children each presented their final "product" to a panel of judges, which included the School Principal, EDB and executive staff from Seagate. The winning team was selected based on their creativity, content and teamwork. The top prize was awarded to 'Imagine Kidz' for their creationEtutsaa portable drive for consumer electronics application. The winning Imagine Kidz project can be found at http://www.geocities.com/imagine_kidz/.
Plans are underway to showcase these designs at a major public gallery in Singapore.
Seagate also hosted site visits to its Singapore sites during the March holidays to give the children insight into the processes that shape the final product. The winning team from this primary school project won a challenge trophy along with $1000 worth of vouchers.
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