Sustaining Interest in Stem: New Norm in Enrichment Program

Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Research in Education, Teaching and Learning

Year: 2022



Sustaining Interest in Stem: New Norm in Enrichment Program

Suganty Kanapathy, Azizah Zahidi



Digital transformation is not a novel phenomenon. However, Covid-19 pandemic has initiated digital transformation tremendously and has led to novelty in education due to global shutdown of several activities, including STEM based enrichment programs. During the outbreak of Covid-19, all the enrichment programmes conducted physically was changed to online mode to provide sustainable learning among the students. Thus, this study aims to investigate the effectiveness and perception of enrichment programme which was conducted in online mode for gifted and talented students. Twenty gifted and talented students from Be A Scientist module, aged 9 to 12 years old were selected as the respondents of this research. The respondents were participated in the Summer Camp Program, organized by Pusat GENIUS@ Pintar Negara, UKM. Mixed mode approach was used, where the data was collected quantitatively and qualitatively. Data for quantitative study was collected as pre and post-test, while for qualitative study was obtained based on perception of the students and parents. The interest of students found to be playing crucial role in engage the students with learning activities regardless online or face to face mode. However, parents’ choice found to be face to face teaching and learning, since the effectiveness of the program can be evaluated clearly.

keywords: enrichment program, gifted, online, STEM.