4th National PERMATA Nobelist Mindset Workshop 2016
, 19 September 2016
International Future Scientist Conference (iFSC) 2016
, 27 July 2016
Graduation Day 2016
, 21 October 2016
STEM Hero Awards
, 13 January 2015
Formulation of Tests
A team comprising experts in special education, counseling, psychology, language and assessment from UKM have developed two IQ tests that can be used as screening tests. These tests are based on the Raven Progressive Matrices (RPM) and WISC-IV, both of which are standard tests in smart education worldwide. However, some modifications were made to suit the local environment and culture and the tests are known as PERMATApintar UKM1 Test and PERMATApintar UKM2 Test. Both tests were subsequently tried out online in Malay and English on 250 students from both day and full boarding schools.
Both UKM1 and UKM2 tests have a high level of difficulty and thus can be used as test tools on students of different ages. In fact, these IQ tests are of international standards and have the same criteria as that of the original RPM and WISC-IV.
Selections of Bright Students
PERMATApintar UKM 1 Test comprises three components: reasoning, open questions and MCQ questions in vocabulary and text comprehension, while PERMATApintar UKM 2 Test has four elements that test a student’s ability in Verbal Understanding, Perceptual Reasoning, Work Memory, and Information Processing Speed.
Students aged 9 to 15 years old can take the PERMATApintar UKM1 Test, any time between 1 February to 30 April every year, either at home, in schools or at public places where they can have access to the internet via the website. This test is not controlled as it is an initial test whereas PERMATpintar UKM2 Test is an IQ test which is harder and is carried out in a controlled environment at selected zones in each state. This test comprises 15 parts which measure cognitive intelligence from various perspectives.
With the cooperation of the Ministry of Education Malaysia and the Bumiputra Trust Council (Majlis Amanah Rakyat – MARA), the UKM1 Test received overwhelming response from students. In 2009, a total of 212,486 students aged 9 to 15 years old sat for the UKM1 Test, and 4,672 of them got through to the UKM2 Test. Out of this, 405 students were offered the PERMATApintar Summer Camp programme (Program Perkhemahan Cuti Sekolah – PPSC) at UKM Bangi campus. In 2010, a total of 199,747 students completed the UKM1 Test and 3,536 qualified to proceed to UKM2 Test, out of which 600 students were offered to PPSC. In 2011, a total of 162,023 students completed UKM1 Test and 3,202 went on to the second stage, with 450 of them offered the PPSC. While the number that qualified for the PPSC programme was less than the previous years, the scores obtained were higher. This shows that the quality of the selected students is higher compared to the previous years.
In 2010, when the School Summer Camp Programme allowed the participation of bright students from other countries, eight students from India, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore took part in the programme.
Each of these tests produces one IQ value that measures the factors that indicate a student’s intelligence level. The students’ scores for each test are calculated by composite, and eligibility is based on the value of three standard deviation of the minimum age group that is being measured. This creates a benchmark to be used in the selection of eligible students for the School Summer Camp programme organised by PERMATApintar Programme.
The course domains offered in the PERMATApintar Programme are as follows:
- Becoming Scientists:
This course develops a student’s skill in conducting scientific research in areas like botany, zoology, genetic, physics, engineering, meteorology and chemistry. The student will research several strategies and techniques, question and construct hypothesis, identify and manipulate existing variables, observe, measure and record data, as well as analyse and interpret the data obtained like a scientist.
- Inductive-Deductive Reasoning:
This course trains a student to carry out inductive and deductive proof and learn the analogy, paradox, axiom system, number patterns such as Fibonacci, infinity, out-of-the box thinking, and other related topics. A student is exposed to various challenging and interesting activities such as using Tower of Hanoi to understand the concept of inductive and deductive proof.
- Writing and Imagination:
This course trains a student to read, write and discuss various genres from poems and short stories to compositions and articles. They are driven to embrace writing as a skill. They will also explore the process and techniques shared by writers of all genres.
- Crafting the Write-Up:
The Writing Course demonstrates the ability and creativity needed to craft quality write-ups. Various types of writing will be taught to the students including descriptive writing, narrative writing (fiction and non-fiction), and argumentation, as well as other important aspects in writing. The students are also brought to the language audio laboratories as a new learning exposure. Mind mapping and the use of certain objects are also applied in crafting good writing.
- Introduction to Robotics:
This course helps a student to understand and apply various topics in robotics, computer science and engineering. The student will build several types of robots using LEGO® Mindstorms and NXT-G programming language. In the design phase, topics include engineering basics such as engineering system, simple machine structures, structural stability and locomotive. They are also exposed to the principles of electrical engineering such as sensor response, circuit, signal and radio frequency digital communication.
This course discusses topics such as: Mono Alphabetic Substitutions, Viginere Cipher, One Time Pad Ciphe, Play Fair Cipher, ADFGVX Cipher, Affine Encryption, Matrix Encryption, Enigma, Binary Code, Diffie-Helman Key, and RSA Key. Various activities are carried out in this course including “Cracking the code”. Various teaching methods are used such as lectures, games, presentations, tasks and readings.
In this course, a student explores the basic concept of genetics including mitosis, meiosis and Mendel genes. The student will learn the structure and function of DNA, RNA, sources of mutation and genetic biotechnology. The laboratory work exposes the students to practical experience as they separate the DNA. They also learn how to handle gel electrophoresis and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) model and study DNA vaccine.
- Speed Biology:
The Speed Biology course is designed to introduce students to the methodology and tools used in biological research, while building a basic knowledge that can facilitate entry into a higher-level biology course. The contents of the course consist of the higher secondary school syllabus that is normally learnt in a year.
This course trains a student to become a designer whereby he learns the history of designers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison and Virginia Apgar. The course challenges the student to think outside the box, and to construct prototypes of a new design.
- Crystal & Polymer:
In this course, a student will be guided to explore crystals, polymers and biopolymers. At the early stage, the student is introduced to the concept of mathematical measurement of chemicals. He is also introduced to the Periodic Table that focuses on metals, non-metals and metalloid groups.
- Aviation Science:
In this course, a student is trained as a scientist, engineer and explorer of the universe. He learns about the flight of balloons, birds, aeroplanes, helicopters and rockets. He is also introduced to the concept of buoyancy (the ability to float on water), kinematics, liquid flow, Coanda effect, Newton’s Law, and the four aerodynamics powers.
- Probability & Game Theories:
This course exposes a student to three types of games; two- person zero sum games, two-person non-zero sum games and N-person games. He also learns about the genuine, dominance, oddments and mixed strategies. He is also introduced to the primary game, Nash equilibria and non-cooperative solutions.
- Green Technology:
The course introduces students to green energy, green designs and fuel for the future. The student will carry out activities leading to awareness of the application of green technology and green buildings using low energy to achieve the level of Green Building Index (GBI). They are also exposed to various issues related to green technology and hydrogen power.