Saturday, October 5, 2013

Teach for Malaysia (TFM) Flipped

On the 27th of September, 10 students from class 2D and 2J were selected to participate in Teach for Malaysia (TFM) Flipped. TFM Flipped is organized by fellows of TFM to bring students out of the classroom to immerse themselves in the real world. 7 fellows from SMK Dato Bijaya Setia, SMK Pinang Tunggal, SMK Tunku Ismail and SMK Air Itam organized a visit to the Science University of Malaysia (USM). Approximately 90 students attended the event.

The SMK Air Itam participants began their day by introducing themselves and getting to know other participants. A quick game of zip-zap-zoom quickly warmed them up to their new acquaintances. Following the icebreakers, the participants went on a tour of the university that included a visit to the museum, convocation hall, sports stadium and library.

The highlight of their visit was the mock school session. Four schools of USM were introduced to the participants via project stations in a lecture hall. They schools were The School of Engineering, Urban Planning, Business and Health and Medical Sciences. The participants were split into eight groups that took turns visiting each mock school. Each school organized a project to expose students to the core business of the school.

In the engineering school, students built air-powered cars using bottles, duct tape and bottle caps. Model cities and bedrooms were made with plasticine and cardboard in The School of Urban Planning. The School of Business had students design and promote a T-shirt while The School of Health and Medical Sciences had students role-play doctors, nurses and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).