UKM-Pintar Foundation Helps Inculcate Students’ Interest in Science

By Asmahanim Amir
Pictures by Ikhwan Hashim

ALOR SETAR – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) through the Institute of Climate Change (IPI) collaborated with Pintar Foundation to conduct programs at several secondary schools in Kedah in an initiative to inculcate interests in science and technology.

UKM Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Industry and Community Partnership, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Imran Ho Abdullah said 13 schools were selected to join the Pintar-UKM Sustainability and Green Technology Through IG-Home Module, Phase 1 2017 programme.

“This programme requires students and teachers to innovate and create a sustainable home.

“Interestingly, the participants does not merely consist of Science teachers and students but encompasses students from various disciplines,” he said at the Closing Ceremony of Pintar-UKM Sustainability & Green Technology Through IG-Home Module Phase 1 2017 Programme and the Signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between UKM and Pintar Foundation, here, recently.

“I hope, the MoA will also spur further areas of cooperation between the two parties as well as to generate new areas of cooperation that can make an impact to the well-being for the next generations,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Pintar Foundation Trustee, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Utama Arshad Ayub said he believes UKM experts can help teachers to inculcate students’ interest in science.

“For instance, students in the rural area are actually very creative. They often innovate, but they don’t have the proper guidance to highlight the innovation.

“IG-Homes, is a good example of a programme which can harness students’ skills in innovation,” he said.

Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Syed Mohamed Al-Bukhary, Alor Setar won first place in the competition with their innovative use of food waste and manure in creating cooking gas.