The Hague – As part of CTL, SIDH’s students and accompanying teachers visited Shell Generation Discover Festival on Friday, 19 October 2018. The event was organised on Malieveld close to The Hague Main Station.

One of the festival’s objectives was to stimulate young students to choose the technical stream in their studies (bèta) amidst the trend that more and more students in The Netherlands preferred alfa (non-exact disciplines) studies. There should be a balanced flow of graduates from these two disciplines to sustain economic growth. In its endeavour, for primary schools, Shell offers the Bright Ideas Challenges and Bright Ideas Hub, while for the secondary schools it creates the Jet-Net. Furthermore, Shell also presents Shell eco-marathon for tertiary students, and for entrepreneurs and start-ups it bids the New Energy Challenge.

At the festival SIDH students, of all levels, proved and tried to discover new technologies. They really enjoyed this inspiring occasion. We expected that some of our pupils would gain the inspiration to involve themselves in the development of technology and some would be interested in how to connect the beta disciplines with social sciences in multidisciplinary context. For the opportunity, we express our gratitude to Shell, The Hague Municipality as well the Office of Cultural and Education Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy that have supported SIDH attendance to the festival. Finally, our appreciation goes to the accompanying teachers.

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