At the end of June this year, KATS issued a public notice to middle and high schools nationwide regarding the preliminary task under the theme ‘Identification of Inconvenient Practices in Daily Life Due to Non-Standardization and Suggestion of Improvement Methods’ and received applications for participation. The participating students submitted the preliminary tasks after receiving recommendations from the principals of their schools and organizing teams of three persons each. A total of 101 middle school teams and 111 high school teams joined the event, recording an average competition ratio of 2.6:1. Those students, who participated in the preliminary contest, suggested a considerable number of non-standardized practices that can be discovered in everyday life, such as non-uniformity in printer ink cartridges, different connection socket for earphones used with mobile phones and inaccurate labeling of footwear and clothes. KATS plans to utilize the suggestions as references in the development of national standards in the future. The high school team competition which was newly established for this olympiad, in particular, drew keen interest from high school students across the country. As a result of preliminary screening, 40 middle school teams and 40 high school teams were selected to vie for the final contest. The teams, which advanced to the final contest, tried to implement various standards-related tasks, attempting to assemble standardized clocks utilizing steel beads, developing standardized blocks having uniform rules to produce required structures, etc. KATS presented awards, including the MKE(Ministry of Knowledge Economy) Minister Prize, to those teams that solved tasks with excellent ideas. By providing a venue for experience to the students who intend to enter colleges of science and technology, KATS expects that the standards olympiad will serve as a momentum to nurture youngsters who can take the lead in securing the international competitiveness of the country in the standards war era, which is expected to further intensify in the future. KATS plans to stimulate student interest and participation with development of more varied preliminary and final contest tasks and upgrade the level of the olympiad.
Best practice program by university, expert group, KSA*, and KATS * KSA: Korean Standards Association / SEDC: Standards Education Development Committee Korean Agency for Technology and Standards ( KATS
(Ministry of Education, Technological Institutes Association, Engineers and Business Schools Association , Ministry of Higher Education and Research). Incorporate curricula on standardisation in education programmes. Create a national network of trainers in standardization (referents (2 by region), experts, teachers). Give access to standards at a very low price for teachers and students for educational purposes (Sagaweb). Communicate largely on the partnerships. Pilot the development of the partnerships (Steering Committees).
Education about standardization : meeting nbn
Education about standardization NBN, 16/01/2013