Participating students will be tested on critical and design thinking, problem-solving, and creative thinking as they maneuver exploration missions in an imaginary world in 2050.
Maxis eKelas’ nationwide STEM Challenge, Misi Jelajah Digital, has returned to "encourage students to activate their thinking skills for play and imagination."
From 29 September to 30 November, participating students will be tested on critical and design thinking, problem-solving, and creative thinking as they maneuver exploration missions in an imaginary world in 2050, incorporating elements of smart vehicles, schools, and cities.
The competition aims to attract more than 7,000 challengers aged 10-17 years old (Year 4 to Form 5). Participating students will also receive co-curriculum marks, or Pentaksiran Aktiviti Jasmani Sukan dan Kokurikulum (PAJSK) credits, while standing a chance to win attractive prizes such as laptops and tablets, including an exclusive experiential tour to Menara Maxis.
Conducted in accordance with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, this year’s competition introduces three new pillars with new modules for students to sharpen their skills and prepare them for their tertiary education and future:
- The Futurist Challenge (World in 2050): The ideation of the future world to stimulate students’ thinking and going beyond the conventional STEM programmes;
- Code a SCRATCH Game: Focusing on elementary coding for younger students and advanced coding for students in upper secondary, and
- Roblox Trivia: Students can explore the Roblox world with challenges on critical and logical thinking and problem-solving skills to better prepare them for tertiary education.
Participants will have access to explainer videos, notes, and modules throughout the competition period from which they can learn coding and design basics. Special panels and talks covering key STEM topics and live tutorial workshops will also be available on Zoom and YouTube to provide participants with tips on how to complete the challenges and explore game walkthroughs.
Maxis eKelas, the after-school digital learning initiative for students from Year 4 to Form 5, provides access to quality educational content, in line with the Malaysian School Syllabus. Focusing on science, mathematics, and English, students are exposed to experiential learning through a combination of live tutorials, group learning, competitions, and digital content via the portal and app.
The programme currently has more than 68,000 participating.
Gokhan Ogut, Maxis’ Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Our eKelas programme is driven by our passion for education with emphasis on co-curricular development, innovation and academic achievement. As a signature campaign, the STEM challenge has been a popular addition to eKelas which has generated a lot of excitement and encouragement for students to unleash their creative potential. We are proud to run this campaign once again and align with the government’s aspirations on STEM as an important part of education to expand the skilled workforce in this digital era."
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