Tanjong Malim: The Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Science and Mathematics (FSM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in collaboration with Sekolah Agama Menengah Sungai Selisik, Hulu Selangor organised the Service Learning Malaysia-University for Society (SULAM) program on November 29 located at Sultan Azlan Shah Campus, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak.

The program, Ingenious Content Creator was purposely conducted to nurture the interest of junior high school students in STEM and further educate them to share useful information on social media ethically. Content creators and influencers are referring to a group of people who regularly upload content such as tutorials, cooking recipes and various types of information. Therefore, this program was designed to help students integrate STEM and information and communication technology (ICT) in creating appropriate content. The students were exposed to video editing skills using various applications.

The Ingenious Content Creator was executed by students from the Information and Communication Technology in Chemistry (SKI 3013), Bachelor of Education (Chemistry) and 2 lecturers. A total of 50 students and 3 teachers participated in this program. The transfer of STEM and ICT knowledge takes place throughout the program and the output from this program can be accessed at https://instagram.com/ski3013.upsi?igshid=MzMyNGUyNmU2YQ==.

The opening ceremony was officiated by Head of Chemistry Department, Dr. Mohamad Syahrizal bin Ahmad. Under the supervision of Dr. Suzaliza and Dr. Nurulsaidah, students experienced a conducive laboratory learning environment while doing STEM activities at Makmal Pengajaran Kimia, FSM.  A number of experiments covering chemistry, physics and biology concepts, such as Bespoke Virtual Reality Headset, Shhh!! It’s a secret!, Be a Color Detective and Creating Rainbow Fire with Salt (Fireworks) were designed to provide new knowledge that can stimulate students’ interest in STEM.

Subsequently, such this program may attract more students to choose the science stream. Apart from STEM activities, students had been exposed to utilise editing applications such as Canva and CapCut to create educational content. With this initiative, students learn about digital learning, whereas content creators have a significant influence on shaping public interests and dissemination of information.

Indeed, Ingenious Content Creator knowledge transfer initiative provides students with the ability to be more capable on creating digital content.

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