Igniting Digital Making Culture amongst Primary School Students

A total of 27 teams comprising 54 pupils from 9 primary schools in Kota Kinabalu took part in this year’s Junior Innovate 2019 (Kota Kinabalu Zone) competition at SKC Anglo Chinese on last Saturday (28 September).  The same competition (Rural Zone) was held in SJKC Chung Hwa Tenom on 21 September, where 80 pupils, comprising 40 teams from 13 primary schools in Nabawan, Tambunan, Keningau, and Tenom participated. Each team consists of two pupils.  

It was a joint effort between Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Ministry of Education, Hap Seng Group and Chumbaka, a social enterprise that inspires kids to create with technology.

                Junior Innovate aims to inspire the digital creator mindset and provide life skills to primary school pupils in preparation for the jobs of the future. This year marks the 2nd year for both the state and national levels. Teams that won gold medals were Digital Splash and YEET BOIZ; both from SKC Anglo Chinese; and ALPHA from SJKC Lok Yuk Menggatal. These teams will further compete with 3 other gold teams from the rural zone in a video submission, for 3 spots to represent the State to Nationals at Penang in November.

These Gold medalists stood out amongst their peers with the best project in “Game Design with Technology”.  When asked, one of the participants described the competition made her felt like she was at a funfair with so many Games exhibited, and that it was really exciting to see peers of her age being able to use technology to express their creativity. Mdm Moira David, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Innovation quoted that “it takes a village to raise a child,” acknowledges the efforts of the industries such as Hap Seng Group and Chumbaka in bringing about learning opportunities to students. Mdm Moira was one of the judges as well as officiated the closing ceremony for Junior Innovate Kota Kinabalu Zone.

Digital Maker Hub@SKC Anglo Chinese’s hosted the Initiation of Digital Making Culture program for 14 primary schools in Kota Kinabalu district with the collaboration of MDEC and Hap Seng Group. This program is one of the initiatives by Digital Maker Hub@SKC Anglo Chinese to reach out to the community to encourage the sharing of resources and collaboration amongst schools.  Throughout this 1-year program, 2 teachers from each school were exposed to basic coding, embedded systems (Arduino/ Maker Uno), Design Thinking, Creative Learning and 21st-century teaching skills. The teachers then train their students in taking part in the competition. Mdm Shirley Ong, the headmistress of SKC Anglo Chinese, welcomes students and teachers of neighboring primary and secondary schools to come and learn and play together through digital making. She also stressed that Digital Maker Hub@SKC Anglo Chinese is not just for SKC Anglo Chinese, but for the community to also benefit from the facilities.

Judging Session

One of the teams explaining to the judges about their Game.