Rumah Victory Children and Youth Home

Overview

Activities with Rumah Victory began in 2015, with most of the activities organized aimed at improving the children’s health and wellbeing, as well as providing them with exposure to science. Some of the children have participated in a computer class and PowerPoint presentation competition organized in collaboration with the ITS department, where they performed exemplarily. However, they have yet to achieve satisfactory English proficiency.  In 2016, the focus of our activities was to improve English proficiency, health awareness, and to trigger scientific curiosity in the children of Rumah Victory. The activities this year were focused on exposing children to the science lab and public health in a fun and exciting way, and organizing bi-weekly English tuition classes.

Activities Done:

  1. Dengue Awareness Program
  2. English Tuition Classes
  3. Rumah Victory Bazaar and Fun Run (fundraising)
  4. Martial Arts Training
  5. Science Activity – Crime Scene Investigation
  6. Science in the Great Outdoors

 

Science in the Great Outdoors was a major project that aimed to expose the children and youth to basic sciences and stimulate their interest in science. This activity was conducted with the aim of exposing the children and youth to basic field science and to stimulate their interest in science. In this activity, the children and youth were brought to the National Botanical Garden in Bukit Cahaya, Shah Alam. This activity was designed in an “Amazing Race” format, whereby stations were set up around the park, each with their own learning themes and tasks. These stations were designed based on the key attractions available in the park. The children and youth were divided into 6 teams (of mixed ages), which were each led by 2 – 3 IMU students or staff members (group leaders). The group leaders led their teams through all the learning stations, and helped them with the station’s tasks where necessary. Briefly, the five learning stations are as follows:

(1) Learning about animals (Mini Zoo station)
A brief talk regarding the different types of animals (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, etc.) and their key characteristic.

(2) Learning about seasons (Four season House)
A brief outline on the four seasons (e.g. why seasons arise, the characteristics of each season, why the southern and northern hemispheres have opposite seasons, etc.).

(3) Learning about insects (Ornamental garden)
A brief lecture on what an insect is, their key characteristics (they have 6 legs, 3 body segments, etc.) and how they are different from similar organisms (spiders, scorpions, crabs, etc.).

(4) Learning about leaves (Ornamental garden)
A brief lecture on leaves (e.g. their roles as the “food factories” of plants and how they come in many different shapes, sizes and colors).

(5) Soil and pH (Ornamental garden)
A brief introduction of pH, litmus paper, how it changes colors in acidic or alkaline solutions (vinegar and soapy water) and its importance in soil.

Follow Up Action Plans:

From this activity, the children had collected leaf and insect samples from the park. These samples will be utilized in an upcoming activity as follows:
(1) Studying insects
The insect samples collected by the children will be observed under magnifying lens or dissecting microscopes. The children will be able to learn more about the insects they had collected.

(2) Leaf sample preservation
The children will be asked to mount the leaf samples they had preserved onto a piece of craft paper. They will be allowed to write their names on the craft paper and to freely decorate their sample. The samples will then be laminated and made into bookmarks that the children can keep as mementos.

Additionally, we propose to conduct PowerPoint classes in the near future as part of a collaborative effort to bring computer classes to the children. These classes will culminate in a presentation from the students on the subject of their experiences in the science camps. The photographs, knowledge, thoughts and experiences that the children have acquired from this activity and the upcoming indoor science camp will form the basis of their PowerPoint presentations.


Objectives

Kids

  • To improve the children’s interest and knowledge in basic English and science.

Target Audience

  • Underprivileged children

 

IMU Cares Integration with MPU (U4) Module

Many student groups have been conducting community service projects at existing IMU Cares Community Partners as part of their MPU (U4) project. Find below the list of activities that students can undertake as part of their MPU (U4) project. Each student group may select one of the following:

    1. English tuition classes
      1. Students will be responsible for planning 3-4 English tuition classes for a group of teenagers aged 13-17. Lessons may include interactive and technology-assisted teaching activities and games.
      2. Students will be responsible for sourcing for and preparing suitable material and exercises. Students will also have to consult an English teacher (whether in IMU or external) for advice on the suitability of the material and lesson plan.
      3. Students will be responsible for conducting appropriate assessments to track the children’s proficiency in English before, during, and after the tuition class series.

 

  1. Science outreach activities.
    1. Students will guide a group of children aged 8 to 18 in conducting a series of simple experiments on the following themes:
      (1) microorganisms;
      (2) chemicals in food/reading food labels;
      (3) genetics.
      Students will be responsible for explaining to the children how the experiment should be carried out and how to interpret the findings.
    2. Students will conduct quizzes with the children to evaluate how receptive they are to the activity.
    3. Students will lead the Science in the Great Outdoors activity by organising the different types of stations and mentoring the children to complete the tasks in each station.

 

Project Details

If you are interested to know more or have any enquiries on this project, kindly drop an email to the project leader below.

Key Project: Rumah Victory Children and Youth Home
Project Leader: Dr Elaine Chan Wan Ling
Contact Detail: elainechan@imu.edu.my
Community Partners: Rumah Victory Children and Youth Home


Serving the community is a manifestation of the University's core values but also as part of experiential learning, generally, a very effective form of learning - Walking the Talk.

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