2021 Education outreach

IEEE EDS Malaysia Chapter News for Humanitarian projects/ STEM Outreach

Bridging Digital Inequalities Amongst the Urban Poor Communities in Malaysia

By: Maizatul Zolkapli, Ahmad Sabirin Zoolfakar and Aliza Aini Md Ralib

A project titled Bridging Digital Inequalities Amongst the Urban Poor Communities in Malaysia had received US $5,000.00 fund from IEEE HAC/ SIGHT. This is part of IEEE’s effort in mobilizing member grassroots’ humanitarian technology for sustainable development projects that addresses local challenges of the COVID-19 situation in the members’ communities. The team led by Dr. Maizatul Zolkapli, with two other members Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Sabirin Zoolfakar and Dr. Aliza ‘Aini Md Ralib aims to equip selected urban poor category families from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seksyen 18, Shah Alam with a device and digital application literacy to ensure that these students can participate in online learning in preparation of Malaysian Certificate of Education examination in March 2022. 21 units of Samsung Galaxy A7 Tab were donated to the school on 15th September 2021. These tablets also served as a platform to introduce the students to STEM via workshops which will be held in December 2021. During the workshop, the students will be provided with STEM kits and guided by trained mentors from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) to use the devices and related applications. The training modules, manuals and handouts will be developed by the team to assist the students in their digital learning experience.
The launching of the program was held online on 22nd September 2021. It was attended by representative from Petaling Perdana District Education Department, representative from the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and IIUM, teachers from SMK18 Shah Alam, parents and recipients of the tablets. This initiative meets the five pillars of the quintuple helix model which covers university, industry, government, community and NGO.
To ensure the sustainability of the program, the tablet will be provided on a “loan scheme” similar to school text books so that other students will also be able to benefit from this program on a continuous basis.
The team hopes that this initiative will bridge the digital gap between those from privileged and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Project 1 : Enriching orphans through Curiosity with Graphite

The program is targeted to 20 children in orphanages with the age range of 13-17 years old at Rumah Perlindungan Nasuha, Batu Caves Selangor All the recorded videos are in local language Bahasa Melayu to ease the orphans to follow the instructions of the graphite kit experiments. Each of the participants were given an electronic kit including graphite pencils and printed modules as followsMost of the students can follow the programs well and enhance their curiosity on how graphite pencils can conduct the electricity.Food packs were given to all students after the program finished. Its is hope that the students will spark their interest in science after completed the experiment. 

Video 1: Concept of nanotechnology and graphite

Video 2: Short explanation on breadboard


IEEE PY MYSTEM Microbit program consists of 2 phases of execution:

Phase 1: Let’s Code with Microbit (31 July 2021 – 21 August 2021)
Phase 2: Do-your-bit: Nature Challenge (22 August 2021 – 7 September 2021)
This program is targeted for 20 secondary school students (Form 4) at Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Gombak, Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. Each participant is provided with Microbit kit consisting of a Microbit controller board, related electronics components, batteries and instructions manual. The trainers are from IEEE volunteers (IEEE EDS Malaysia Chapter) who are assisted by facilitators who are undergraduate engineering students from International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia.

In Phase 1, Let’s Code with Microbit is an educational program to teach the school students about Microbit and its related applications. A series of recorded tutorials (videos) on below topics are provided to the students:
Video 1: Introduction to TinkerCAD
Video 2: Step Counter
Video 3: Step Counter with Buzzer
Video 4: Radio Step Counter
Continuous communications and engagements with participants are done through Telegram platform. In this platform, few quizzes and surveys are conducted by the trainers to measure the effectiveness of the program. Personalized technical coaching is also done for the students who are having problems to execute the project or assignment. At the end of Phase 1 program, an online workshop is conducted by the trainers to show some demonstrations on various engineering applications particularly sensor systems that can be done using Microbit.

In Phase 2, a mini competition entitled Do-your-bit: Nature Challenge is designed to further stimulate the students’ interests in STEM and coding. Under “Protecting Nature” theme, each participant is required to design a sensor or tracking system using the provided Microbit kits. The participants are divided into four categories: Pollution prevention, Animal Protection, Natural Disaster Prevention and Plant Preservation. The participants are required to submit a 3-minute video describing their developed prototypes. The judging process is done using standard rubrics where the judges are selected among IEEE volunteers.

At the end of the program, the winner for each category is announced at an online prize giving ceremony where the school management, IEEE volunteers and IEEE professional judges are invited. e-certificates are given to all participants and the prizes are later shipped to the winners


10 OCTOBER 2021 10 AM

Ful video regarding the training can be found here https://youtu.be/P0xlhFjRR3M

Let’s introduce your child to the field of electrical and electronics engineering, a field fundamental to robotics and coding!

Open to participants aged 8-17 years old.

In conjunction with IEEE Day, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Electron Devices Society (IEEE EDS) in collaboration with the Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (IMEN-UKM) will be organizing a STEM program called “Tinkercad and Microbit Stem Program for Sustainable Development Goals”.  
The program will provide ‘hands-on’ knowledge to students about electronic circuits and their applications in life.

Things they will learn:
✅ Knowledge on simple electrical circuits and their applications in daily life.
✅ Provide exposure to new and emerging electronics field such as coding using Microbit simulations.
✅ Exploration of apps through Tinkercad and Microbit simulations.
✅ Learn to recognize the basic components of electrical circuits using the Microbit Start Kit through hands-on experiments.

This coding and robotics class will be held online with no fee charged! Details of the class are as follow: 
Date. : October 10, 2021 (Sunday)
Time : 10.00 am-12.30 pm
Place : Residential
Fee : FREE
Zoom link: https://bit.ly/edsieeeday2021
Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. P Susthitha Menon
1) Dr. Ir. Hazian Mamat, MIMOS
2) Dr. Aliza Aini Md Ralib, IIUM
3) Dr. Ahmad Ghadafi Ismail, IMEN-UKM


Please call ☎️03-8921 7111 /7113 or email 📧ukmimen@gmail.com for more information.
Chat with us on WhatsApp “Tinkercad and Microbit Stem Program” to http://www.wasap.my/60122841740 (Dr. Erny)/6013-2698626 (Dr. Fadhlina) or register directly via the following link: https://forms.gle/a6advQEhkHdTxSfG8


The forum successfully attracted about 60 participants.