Education is a long-term project and the cornerstone of the sustainable development of a country. Successful education in science and technology has built a solid foundation for Taiwan's economy in the past. Popularizing and deepening technology education will definitely help Taiwan become more competitive. MediaTek Foundation commenced the scientific education accessibility program in 2012 under this vision. Starting from the fundamental education of scientific education in elementary schools, we have launched a series of science camps and science fair visits for elementary schools in remote regions and continue to offer diversified and abundant educational resources in each stage of learning to encourage more students to work towards the technology field. We wish to nurture more talent for the technology industry and to the technological competitiveness of Taiwan in the international forum.

1. Elementary School Science Class Advocacy Program

(1) Science Fair Promotion

To encourage elementary school teachers and students to promote science and technology education in school and to foster research and information exchange for science fairs, we are working with elementary schools of every county and city and encouraging science enthusiasts, students, and teachers alike to form groups or clubs to work on projects or conduct club activities. We hope this will increase interest in science in elementary schools and improve the problem-solving skills of the students. Students can gain a better understanding of the logic behind science while researching for their science fair topics and discover the intricacies of science. They will also be able to see different perspectives when reading various scientific texts and internalize the basics of science, laying a solid foundation for future scientific research.

MediaTek Foundation and NTSEC created a list of seed schools to improve science and technology education. 40% of the seed school list is reserved for schools participating for the first time or for schools in remote areas in effort to balance differences in resources between urban and rural schools and to encourage more schools to participate in the development of science and technology education. In 2015, we received 70 proposals from 15 counties and cities in Taiwan, showing a 18.6% increase in participation compared to 2014. Out of all the science fair proposals received, 16 of the chosen ones were from schools participating for the first time and schools in remote areas, reaching the 40% mark reserved for them.


(2) Scientific Fair Seed Teachers Program

Teachers play a very important role during the planning phase of science fairs: they help the students with navigating the unknown when deciding on a topic, they provide resources to help with students with further research, and guide students to solve problems from different perspectives during struggles, all while staying at their sides and encouraging them.

Therefore, the MediaTek Foundation is working with NTSEC to invite science fair judges and teachers from winning schools to work as seed teachers. With Principal Chung Chao-Chin from Erchong Junior High School as the head, successful teaching stories are shared through seminars and workshops to teach the teachers how to better inspire their students to learn more about science and turn their initial interest into long-lasting, concentrated passion for scientific research. In 2015, we received participation from 47 elementary school teachers from various regions, and the satisfaction rate for our course was 91%. Additionally, to help encourage participation from teachers in remote regions, we also formulated a science advocacy teachers' network, in which teachers can discuss various research through meetings, phone, or email.


(3) Promoted The Study of Scientific Journals and Research

The Foundation will donate 50 science-themed books to accepted seed schools. The titles are recommended by NTSEC and schools that have received reading awards from the Ministry of Education, and they include a wide range of topics such as nature, insects, mathematics, and science, so that students can be exposed to science education resources even when they do not participate in the science fair. These books also provide infinite possibilities for future research topics.

After donating the books, we will set up reading milestone boxes at each school. When a student finishes a book and completes a book report, he/she can drop a small card into the box. At the end of the campaign, 100 students will be randomly chosen from the cards, and they will receive a one-year subscription to a magazine, or a gift certificate for books. Every school will also choose three students who wrote good book reports to become science representatives who will share their reading experiences in school and through various public events in order to encourage other students to keep reading. A total of 35 schools partook in our science literary reading program in 2015, and as many as 630 students’ submitted feedback and thoughts. It is estimated that more than a thousand students participated in feedback sharing.

(4) Long Distance Study Aid Project

The Distance Learning Companion Project is an experimental collaboration between National Taiwan University and two schools located in remote areas (Yi-Lan Chiao Shi Junior High School and the Lidao Branch of Wulu Elementary School). Chiao Shi Junior High School conducted a survey of 30 students in a mathematics class in 2013 and found out that 68% of them dislike the subject, mostly because no one could help them answer difficult math problems. Therefore, the MediaTek Foundation and NTU collaborated to answer basic math and science questions from students via actual meetings and an online platform. This encouraged them to study and learn the materials on their own.

2. High School Scientific Education Advocacy Program

(1) Electric Engineering Technology Education Trip Project

"Have You Heard? Discussing the Amazing Cochlear from a Biophysical Perspective", "What happens when electrical engineering meets life science?" In 2015, in order to increase high school students' interest in electrical engineering, MediaTek and the Department of Electrical Engineering at NTHU joined forces to host the "Foundation in Electrical Engineering for High School Students" speech series, where professors from the Department of Electrical Engineering at NTHU traveled to 12 high schools in Taiwan to give speeches on basic electrical engineering principles. We hope to share basic electrical engineering principles with students through these excellent professors at NTHU so that they, along with the community, will gain an early interest in the field. We also hope this will give them a better understanding of university life and a clear picture of what they want to do in the future.

(2) Research and Promotion Program of Motor Science Technology

(3) We Plan to Establish AaPaTo Honor Society Chapters in 2016

To advocate for scientific education in high school, MediaTek anticipates establishing the AaPaTo Honor Society in 2016 to enhance young students' interest and understanding in the technology field and promote scientific education, through which we can foster international technological talents. AaPaTo Honor Society plans to establish chapters in 12 major high schools throughout Taiwan within three years, and its primary obligations include teaching technological applications, hosting science advocacy seminars and high school camps and promoting exchanges of science clubs in high schools in order to promote knowledge in technological fields. The Society will be primarily facilitated and led by multiple professors from National Chiaotung University's Department of Electronic Engineering. The backbone of this undertaking will be full-time assistants, and students from Electronic Engineering programs and MediaTek volunteers would serve as seed teachers to undertake thematic teaching projects in various schools. In terms of promoting technological applications, MediaTek will nurture students' interest in technology by providing the IoT platform, MediaTek LinkIt™ to guide students to realize their innovative capability while attempting to develop and bring to life all types of imaginations and possible applications of IoT and wearable technologies

3. College Science Advocacy Research Program