FREE Educational School Visit Program to S P A C E

S P A C E is Kuching’s (or perhaps Malaysia’s) very first co-learning centre for children with an emphasis on the culture of resourcefulness, collaboration and innovation with the long-term vision of becoming a one-stop education and recreational hub in Kuching. In support with the #mydigitalmaker movement, S P A C E will also serve as Kuching’s first Digital Maker Hub, providing opportunities for students and teachers to engage in digital making activities such as physical computing, software development, creative media and engineering design.

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Sarawak, Malaysia

Project Owner

Nigel Sim Boon Wei

Problem

Children are born scientists, curious, eager to learn and explore. Somewhere along the way the passion for learning diminishes due to academic and social pressure. Having literacies, such as mathematics and languages, is important in dealing with day-to-day tasks. However, to manage complex challenges, children need to acquire competencies such as problem-solving and communication skills. They also need to develop character qualities, such as tenacity and initiative, to thrive in a future that is ever changing. Ultimately, our goal is re-ignite children’s passion for learning and to be inventors and not merely consumers of technology. With machines taking over many functions or even the entire job, we need to be as unlike the machine as possible to survive in the future. That means having life skills like creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration is more important than traditional academic achievement.

Solution

We plan to organise 3-hour workshops for schools in and around Kuching on important technology such as coding and physcial computing, providing early exposure to students to this field. Through our workshops, students will learn through hands-on experience. We also run woodworking classes for students to provide them the awareness that carpentry can be a career choice in the future. After the workshops, we will funnel students who are interested to learn more towards other programs, such as the Digital Ninja program under the #mydigitalmaker movement.

Target Beneficiary

Mainly primary and secondary school students around the centre. Why? There are more than 20 schools within 3km radius of our centre and most of them are from the urban poor community (Pending, Sg Apong, Bintawa). The choice of beneficiary is also so that these students can come utilise the centre in future for learning purposes before and after school. Of course, other schools are more than welcome to apply to visit as well.

We track the effectiveness of our workshops through a feedback form – http://bit.do/spacefeedback which measures the students interest level towards the subject before and after the workshop. We also monitor participation in followup events such as fairs and competitions and also the formation of clubs and societies in schools.


Supporter

1. Timber Land Group of Companies, a homegrown property developer – Funded the major refurbishment cost of the centre and providing rent-free usage 2. Chumbaka, a social enterprise with the purpose of developing children’s life skills through technology enrichment programs – Manage the running of the Digital Maker Hub and run digital making programs 3. Eden Atelier, Kuching’s leading interior design and build company – Manage the Maker’s Garage and run woodworking courses 4. Jabatan Pendidikan Sarawak, state education department – Invite schools to visit the centre

Project Needs


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Funding

Project Cost

RM 50 000

Describe Needs

Cost for project as below:
Description Price/Unit (RM) Quantity Amount (RM)
Materials for school visit   25 1000   25000
 3d printer  2000  1  2000
 Arduino learning kit  100 30   3000
 Woodworking tools  5000  5000
Total cost 50000 

Milestone

Start of June 2018 – Procurement of learning materials and tools Mid of June 2018 – Open invitation to schools to apply for school visit program July 2018 – May 2019 – Target one school school visit per week (25 schools in total) June 2019 – Reporting
Name Donate Amount Date
Actyvate RM33,300 July 02, 2018
Nigel Sim RM700 June 30, 2018
Clement Sii RM5,000 June 30, 2018
Maria Chen RM5,000 June 29, 2018
Josiah Qi Yang RM3,000 June 26, 2018
Hooi Peng Chua RM3,000 June 25, 2018

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