The Bright Spark Programme by the Centre of Foundation Studies for Agricultural Science.
September 11, 2019 – Centre of Foundation Studies for Agricultural Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) conducted a programme called the Bright Spark 2019 Programme recently. This program was held at SMK Rantau Panjang, Klang, Selangor on September 11th, 2019 involving 10 academic staff consisting of lecturers and Education Service Officers from the unit of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, led by Dr Ikhwan Syafiq bin Mohd Noor. A total of 65 Form Four students and 4 teachers at the school participated in the programme.
The main objectives of the Bright Spark 2019 Programme are to generate and cultivate an interest in science and mathematics, especially for rural students using a project-based learning approach. In addition, this programme is designed to stimulate students' thinking and awareness of the importance of science and mathematics in solving problems along with changing perceptions and enhancing students' appreciation of science and mathematics. The activities conducted by the students are based on the theoretical concepts of science and mathematics. The learning approach used in this project aimed to inculcate a higher level of understanding of concepts and solve problems related to science and mathematics as well as generate a first-class mind in the pursuit of future technology.
The introduction of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) refers to the educational policy and choice of school curriculum which seeks to enhance the competitiveness of science and technology among students. This is reflected in the Malaysian Education Development Plan 2013-2025 (PPPM 2013-2025) which emphasizes STEM education at the school level through curriculum and co-curricular activities with the support of various stakeholders and the Centre of Foundation Studies for Agricultural Science, UPM taking the role of stakeholders in making PPPM 2013- 2025 successful.
It can be seen that the Bright Spark 2019 Programme made a positive impact on students, especially those pursuing a pure science subject, as it seeks to enhance their interest and motivation in furthering their career in the field of science. This is in line with the 21st century learning that emphasizes concepts guided by 4C or 4K components of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking as well as high-level thinking skills (EAT).
The warm welcome given by the school proves that the Bright Spark Program should continue in the future. For schools and institutions interested in the program, please contact the Centre of Foundation Studies for Agricultural Science, UPM.
Date of Input: 14/10/2019 | Updated: 14/10/2019 | hasniah
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