Nina Diana Nawi, Jaysuman Pusppanathan, Izwyn Zulkapri, Fatin Aliah Phang, Nor Farahwahidah Abdul Rahman, Noorzana Khamis and Dr. Fauzan Khairi Bin Che Harun
Keywords: drone for edu challenge, IR 4.0, STEM Education, Heutagogy, challenge based learning
Abstract: The outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020 has shifted the paradigm on teaching curriculum. The educators are venturing into heutagogy approach to create meaningful learning experiences despite the challenges and adversities in the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. Drone Edu Challenge for Fourth Industrial Revolution (DEC4IR) is an innovative breakthrough that integrates formal and informal education using Challenge Based Learning for secondary school students. The DEC4IR incorporates the concept of a quadruple helix innovation model where government-university-community-industry (GUCI) work hand-in-hand to revitalize STEM Education in addressing the uncertain future through an effective learning environment. DEC4IR successfully attracts approximately 3000 students and 500 teachers to participates from all over Malaysia in just 3 weeks. It is the first online Drone Educational Technology module developed that incorporates online webinars, quizzes, and programming tasks, designed in competition mode to challenge the student in mastering the Drone knowledge. The webinar session covers Basic Programming, Component of Drone, 4th Industrial Revolution, Internet of Things, Future of STEM in Malaysia, Artificial Intelligence and other related drone educational materials was very engaging that successfully attracts an average of 70,000 views for total of 12 webinars. Students’ understanding of all given webinars assessed via Quiz and mini-quizzes. The top 16 finalists were given the Drone via postage for them to complete five drone challenges at the final mission. The finalist then has to underwent an interview with the expert in Drone, Education and Technologist to be announced as the Champion of DEC4IR. Based on the thematic analysis of student’s feedback, it is found that Opportunities, Knowledge and Sustenance being highlighted by the students repeatedly. Based on the interview with the finalist of DEC4IR, the students believe they are empowered because of the knowledge, skills and experience gained from DEC4IR on STEM education, Drone Technology, Information and Communications Technology.