Maker mobile sets to inspire Malaysian students nationwide
Maker Mobile, a mobile workshop and a webe community funded initiative, which aims to redefine learning and education nationwide, came to life with its first workshop on Robotics with 30 students from SK Putrajaya Presint 8 (1), Putrajaya.
The workshop was officiated by Nazeem Nasir, Chief Marketing Officer, webe together with Dzameer Dzukilfi, Managing Director, Teach for Malaysia, Mohamad Zulfadli Amin, Manager, Nurturing Unit, MyDigitalMaker Department, Talent and Digital Entrepreneurship Division, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC) as well as Puan Hajah Naemah Binti Ismail, Guru Besar Cemerlang.
Speaking at the event, Nazeem explained the role of webe community in making Maker Mobile a reality as he applauded the efforts of the project champions Chong Zhi Xiong, Rachael Francis and Nigel Sim. He said, “Encouraging Malaysian students to take up STEM subjects is among the major challenges in education, currently facing the country – and is a global problem as well. Even as the government has outlined key steps to strengthen the delivery of STEM across the education system in Malaysia, projects like Maker Mobile help bridge the education gap between the more urban and rural areas and play an important role in helping to build a stronger nation of makers a reality. We are thrilled that our work with Maker Mobile has helped them empower an engaging and more inclusive learning environment. Maker Mobile is a clear example of what can be achieved if our community comes together to collaborate and co-create.”
As the name suggests, Maker Mobile is a mobile classroom that provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based workshops to students across Malaysia. The project aims to reach out to 900 students from 30 under deserved schools across Peninsular Malaysia in 30 days. The workshops are designed to build on a child’s natural curiosity by teaching STEM concepts through hands-on learning. There are four (4) workshops offered – Coding, Robotics, Embedded System and App Inventing which are taught over a three-hour period.
Maker Mobile is one of the first four (4) projects shortlisted for webe community’s support this year.
Currently in its second year, webe community is a platform that enables changemakers to come together to co-create ideas that have a long term positive impact to different communities in Malaysia.
With its unique crowd backing platform, webe community aims to positively impact Malaysians in every way that can be imagined. Last year alone, webe community spent RM 800,000 to fund five (5) projects that varied from entertainment, to health and education and rehabilitation initiatives. 2017 sees a refreshed webe community, looking to make an even bigger impact. webe hopes to encourage more Malaysians to step out and share their creative and innovative ideas through the webe community platform.
“Through our social media pledging platfrom, webe community creates a dynamic space for social innovators to convene, collaborate and curate ideas to create a collective impact on society. We’ve already unlocked four projects this year and hope to inspire more passionate change makers to become part of the growing webe community network,” shared Nazeem.