KUALA LUMPUR: After a successful pilot project involving 24 schools, the Education Ministry is now expanding the Digital Maker Hubs initiative to another 100 schools in a bid to boost youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the ministry aims to set up the spaces by the end of the year and called on industry players and experts to help expand the initiative.
“An important criteria in the selection of the 100 schools is to have a committed school leader who has the desire to drive digital innovation.
“Applications are open until the end of this month,” he said at the #mydigitalmaker Fair 2019 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre here yesterday.
Digital Maker Hubs is a collaboration between the Education Ministry and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) under the national #mydigitalmaker Movement.
They are multipurpose resource rooms that enable digital making as well as centre for networks of educators, students and industry experts to converge.
Mazlee said Digital Maker Hubs in schools allow a close working relationship with industry players so the hubs can be equipped with digital facilities -- enabling students to code and create using technology while being supported by a larger community of digital makers.
This way, he said, children could transform into “digital makers” who could creatively apply themselves in the fields of STEM instead of being passive digital users.
At the fair, the ministry and MDEC also unveiled the nation’s first Digital Tech Tertiary Matching Platform -- a profiling tool made up of a complex algorithm software.
The Digital Tech Tertiary Matching Platform uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through a Private-Public Partnership model between MDEC and Genesis Data Asia Consortium.