In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0), the myriad of technological advancements has had a profound impact on education. As one of the established private education service providers in Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) hopes to play a role in preparing our children for the digital wave.
With the aim to inspire, instil and increase interest and enthusiasm in science, UTAR’s Department of Soft Skills Competency (DSSC) has organised workshops at two primary schools, namely SJKC Kampung Baru Paroi and SJKC Kampung Baru Rahang on 24 August 2019. Through these workshops, it is hoped that the students will be exposed to greater insights into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The effort was led by UTAR’s Lim Jia Jia and Leow Siew Yng alongside UTAR students. Witnessing engaging participation from some 200 students, the workshops consisted of a series of interesting and interactive activities such as magic balloons, invisible ink, non-Newtonian fluid, dancing marble and paper rocket.
In addition, the workshops and games were designed to improve the relationships between the teachers. Keeping the games and activities interesting and easy to relate to, the organisers used everyday materials to demonstrate scientific principles and theories in a fun and explorative way.
Prizes were given out to the participants during the Q&A session testing the scientific principles that they have learnt.
Commenting on the success of the event, Principal of SJKC Kampung Baru Rahang, Goh Choon Lan expressed her hope that UTAR will continue to promote similar events moving forward.
All in all, UTAR students were able to discover their potential to create a positive impact on society. Job well done!