MIPA IPB University students teach basic skill sets to kids

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Children of Cihideung Ilir 6 Elementary School learn how to read the direction of the wind. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Bogor – Student Executive Board (BEM) members, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) IPB, Bogor, West Java, hold lessons for students of Cihideung Ilir Elementary School 6, Bogor Re­gency, demonstrating how to make pots from plastic waste and how to read the direction of the wind. Such a transmission of skill sets is part of the “Let’s Build Village” (Marki­sa) program. Markisa is a commu­nity service activity that focuses on studying the environment and enhancing literacy culture in the community.

This Markisa deals with the wind as an abiotic component of the environment. Elementary stu­dents grade 1-3 are taught how to make windmills from origami paper and ice cream sticks. This is so that they can awaken to the possibility of making craft items from mate­rials discarded as trash, such as paper and ice cream sticks.

“This activity is also expected to increase student creativity and improve fine motor skills such as making patterns, folding paper, cutting, and sticking,” said Zidan, one of the committees of Markisa BEM FMIPA IPB University, as quote by IPB University’ PR, Tues­day (03/10/2020).

After finishing making the wind­mill, the activity continued with the provision of material about the direction of the compass. There is a learning model in the form of a two-dimensional air balloon at­tached with a picture of the sun and the directions of the compass that have been prepared by the committee to make it easier to provide an illustration. The learn­ing model is made as attractive as possible to attract the attention of students. Students are then invit­ed to sing along a song about the direction of the compass to make it easier to remember.

“This activity is very good, the impact is extraordinary. We, stu­dents as agents of change can bring younger siblings to be better and increase their knowledge,” he added.

Meanwhile, students in grades 4 and 5 undertake another activi­ty, namely recycling plastic bottles into pots that will be used to grow plants at the next meeting. Stu­dents are given the opportunity to make their own patterns and col­or the pots on the school grounds. Before making pots, students are first given material about plant morphology using learning models in the form of pop ups, projectors, and verbal explanations. (*/est)