By: Dr. Nurzatulshima Kamarudin
SERDANG, Dec 23 - A total of 124 students from four adopted schools of the Faculty of Educational Studies (FPP), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) located in Johor, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor participated in the ‘Wawasan Kemakmuran Peduli Pendidikan’ (WE-Care 2019) camping programme.
The schools were SMK LKTP Belitong, Kluang Johor; SKK SK Bandar 2, Paloh Hinai, Pekan, Pahang; SK Seri Suria, Kuala Lumpur and SRI Integrasi Tahfiz Al Ghazali, Puchong, Selangor.
A total of 19 accompanying teachers were also involved in the programme.
The programme was organised by FPP in collaboration with the Education Planning and Research Division, Ministry of Education; Yayasan Hijau Malaysia (YaHijau); and the STEM Teachers' Association of Malaysia (PGSM).
The programme focused on the growth and development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-focused ideas for a more equitable learning and enhancement of the country's economic value in transforming Malaysia into a competitive and dignified country with integrity.
The programme was led by a specialist in STEM education, Dr. Nurzatulshima Kamarudin from FPP, UPM who collaborated with several other experts i.e. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tengku Fadilah Tengku Kamalden, Dr. Fadzilah Abd. Rahman and Dr. Roxana Dev Omar Dev from FPP and Dr. Mohd. Mokhris Md Ajat from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM and Dr. Mazliana Ahmad Kamaruddin from the Faculty of Science, UPM.
Among the activities carried out during the camp included STEM Innovation in Shared Prosperity, STEM Green Mind Networking, STEM Prosperity Movement, Human, Nature and Fauna Prosperity and STEM Integration in Science.
STEM in Aquatic, a pool activity, was also conducted to integrate water safety skills and STEM elements.
STEM Arts Night, which focused on the applications of STEM in rhythm and music, highlighted arts through performances such as zapin dances, qasidah and musical dramas of the Malaysian community by each school.
Dr. Nurzatulshima, the programme director, said the activities were organised and planned in such a way to incorporate the elements and concepts of STEM into student learning that would trigger ideas for a more holistic and viable education in the future.
Activities conducted were also in line with the principles of Shared Properity Vision 2030 (WKB2030), among others, through the Sixth Principle that is Learning Society; inculculation of continuous learning culture and policy that will ensure continuous improvement of knowledge, skills and values.
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Health, Welfare, Women and Family Empowerment of Selangor, who is also Serdang assemblyman, Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud, closed the WE-Care2019 programme.
In her speech, she welcomed such a programme to ensure that STEM concepts could be enhanced and embraced at all levels of the society, thus contributing to the country's prosperity and development. - UPM
Date of Input: 21/01/2020 | Updated: 21/01/2020 | hairul_nizam
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