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KIROTECH ROBOTICS & STEM EDUCATION CENTRE

Registration Form at the bottom of the page!

About Us

  • KIROTECH Robotics & STEM Education Centre is an institution established in 2014 by a group of educationist & industrial specialist to provide exposure to the concept of innovation through educational technology.
  • KIROTECH fully owned by Kiroboot Technology Sdn. Bhd.
  • We have joint experience of 16 years experience in conducting Robotics & Coding Education from preschool to university.
  • KIROTECH specialized in Robotics, Coding, Arduino, Drone, App/Game Development courses for kids from age 6 years old – 17 years old.
  • KIROTECH conduct special trainings for school teachers to familiarize the concept of Robotics & Coding in schools.
  • Since year 2014, more than 24,000 students, parents and teachers have attended KIROTECH programs nationwide.
  • KIROTECH is an affiliated partner and approved STEM Education training provider of Ministry of Education, myRIS University Malaysia Sabah, #mydigitalmaker, Malaysia Digital Economy Cooperation (MDEC) and Pertubuhan Intelektual Dan Inovasi Malaysia.

KIROTECH Robotics & Coding Programs Nationwide



NATIONAL SCRATCH COMPETITION (NSC) 2020

Introduction

  • KIROTECH Robotics & STEM Education Centre, Pertubuhan Intelektual Dan Inovasi Malaysia and Alumni Parlimen Belia Malaysia, in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, myRIS University Malaysia Sabah, and #mydigitalmaker, Malaysia Digital Economy Cooperation (MDEC) will be organizing 2020 National SCRATCH Competition.
  • This competition is open for all Primary & Secondary school students and Youths (18years – 25years) in Malaysia.
  • The objective of this competition is to spur students and youth interest in field of coding and STEM in line with the growth of Industrial Revolution 4 (IR 4.0). We also believe through coding students and youths can enhance their problem solving skill.

Why SCRATCH Coding?

  • Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for beginners across age to understand and be able to work with an understanding the technology around them. SCRATCH is a perfect tool to teach beginners coding. Through SCRATCH we can create animated stories, games and etc.

National SCRATCH Competition (NSC) Guidelines

We strongly advice participants to read and understand the guidelines which contain Rules & Regulations of competition before register.

–> Download NSC 2020 Guidelines and Rules and Regulations here.

National SCRATCH Competition (NSC) Deadlines

–> Registration Deadline: 7th July 2020
–> Project & Presentation Video Submission Deadline: 7th August 2020





NATIONAL SCRATCH COMPETITION (NSC) 2020 Registration Form

COMPETITION THEME: DEFEATING COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

All NSC projects should emailed to kirotechnsc@gmail.com . We strongly advice participants to read and understand the Rules & Regulations of competition before register.

For Further Inquiries, kindly contact 012 9427895 – KIROTECH Management

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COVID-19

Seizing the Opportunity in times of Crisis

Dr Darren Gouk; Founder of AOne during an interview.
Dr Darren Gouk; Founder of AOne during an interview

The future benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic could outweigh its present risk, especially for small and medium enterprises tapping into the digital space, says Dr Darren Gouk, founder and CEO of My AOne Learning Sdn Bhd (AOne). 

AOne, an education technology (Edu-Tech) company that provides a cloud-based management system to learning centres and runs an online marketplace that links lesson providers to students, has experienced a fall in its revenues since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) this March. However, things are still looking up for the company because of the sudden interest in online classes.

As the Chinese adage goes; for every crisis, there is an opportunity. And over the long term, the potential market that arises from this Covid-19 pandemic could be huge. 

Within the first few days after the announcement of MCO, Gouk hosted an online session that was joined by 160 learning centres across South-East Asia namely, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia for industry players to learn from and support each other. “The idea behind the session was for all learning centre operators to share how they can continue to provide lessons to these students moving forward,” he says.

Online Sharing Session with 160 learning centre operators across South East Asia
Online Sharing Session with 160 learning centre operators across South East Asia

By carrying out such initiative, Gouk hopes to create stronger brand awareness in the region in addition to continue serving their current clients. “We are trying to help our clients so they will remember us. We want them to continue to engage us, or even recommend us to other players in the market during this MCO and after,” says Gouk. 

It was also from this sharing session that it became clear that all learning centres had to shift from providing offline classes to online classes. This was the only way for them to continue generating cash flow in order for their businesses to survive. Because of this, AOne has received an influx of requests for a platform for online learning.

Most of these centre use Zoom, a video conferencing software, for their online classes but the recent security issues faced have sent them scurrying to look for alternatives. Furthermore, for centres who are using the free version of Zoom, each session is only limited to 40 minutes. This becomes a hassle for users who need to keep joining a new session after the 40 minutes is up.

Taking these into considerations, AOne teamed up with another Edu-Tech partner from Singapore to launch its online learning platform. This platform, that offers an interactive whiteboard, comes with better security features and has no time limit. Given the current situation, this online platform is offered for free to all existing customers. “During this period of crisis, we are trying to help our customers who are in the same boat as us. We do our best in giving back as much as we can,” says Gouk.

AOneSchool’s Online Classroom

AOne’s online learning platform was introduced to clients only two weeks ago but the response has been encouraging. “In 14 days, there were about 600 classes conducted using our software. Some 180 teachers signed up to use it,” says Gouk.

Before this, digitalization in the educator sector was always seen as an “add-on” or an alternative. However, because of this crisis, the awareness of importance of going digital has increased significantly. Gouk believes that learning centres will continue to adopt digitalization measures such as carrying out e-Learning even after the MCO is lifted.

The education landscape in South-East Asia will definitely see a drastic change at the end of this pandemic. More and more learning centres will adopt e-Learning and other digitalization measures in their businesses. While Covid-19 poses as a short-term risk, the opportunity it offers moving forward will be huge in proportion.

The original article first appeared in The Edge Markets on 21st April 2020 . https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/elearning-opportunity-crisis

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E-learning

居家上学,家长怎么办 ?

这年头疫情肆虐。什么停课不停学,什么在线学习,以前根本就没这回事,现在的家长都不容易。除了面对现实的窘境,还要陪着孩子们一起学习新事物,一起上课,谈何容易?更别说当个面面俱到的好家长,简直就是难上加难。

记得以前有个家长问我,我家小孩怎么变得不爱说话了,天天邹着眉头,上课就是提不起劲。经过几番了解后才知道,原来只是小朋友是比赛迫近,而感到焦虑罢了。

可是,如今的挑战大不相同。

我们都想给予孩子最好的教育。尤其是这时期,身为父母的我们或多或少会顾虑到:

孩子作息不规律,时间分配不合理

孩子自身不够自觉

孩子上课时专注力不集中

孩子做作业拖拉,效率不高

孩子和其他孩子相比,这段时间学习落后了

孩子学习的习惯不好,总是受到电子产品干扰

等等之类的成长性问题。针对这类问题,我建议家长必须设立一个合理的心里预期,降低对孩子的学习要求,把焦点放在陪伴学习上,再把其他问题统一到这个大目标下解决。

我们家长可以做些什么?

我们必须调整角色

居家上学,我们身兼二职,除了是孩子的父母,也是老师。我教书时,经常收到很多家长的疑问说,为什么我的孩子非常乐意听老师的道理,却不愿听我说教,反而还顶撞我?只能说,每个小孩的角色结界特清楚,虽然他不喜欢你说教,但你的一举一动,言行举止对他影响甚远。所以,你可以塑立好榜样并且言传身教的影响他。

上课前,可以来个小小仪式感,去激发学习动力

我们可以让孩子把房间当成课堂,电脑当成老师,让他们穿着整齐,背着书包,进去课堂上课了!只有在午休和放学时间,把孩子接出来,这样他才有课堂的感觉。

我们还可以成为孩子独特学习经历的创造者

除了着重于课业,我们可以把学习内容和日常生活联系起来,陪同孩子画画,设计玩具,并在作品上标上他的名字,代表他的专利发明,让学习变得更有趣。

此外,孩子们还需要面对一些适应性的问题,例如:

我们或家里陪同的老人,搞不定上网问题

长时间缺少户外运动时间,久而久之视力受损

隔着屏幕,老师对孩子的关注度降低

孩子一个人闷在家里,同学间缺少交往

我们家长可以做些什么?

其实,我们不妨把这“挑战”交给孩子,不必事事代劳。反而稍微示弱,听听孩子的想法。说不定,还可以增进彼此的沟通,促进大家的信任。

另外,与其怕电子产品会伤害孩子视力,而限制孩子使用电子产品。倒不如和孩子一起分析潜在的问题,再一起评估,最后选一个双方都认可的方案来执行。

家长们!我们一起加油吧!

希望我觉得不错的方法,也可以惠及大家。这段时间,有什么和孩子相处的有意思的故事或者好办法,也欢迎在留言区和我们一起分享。

Keep Fighting!!!

Categories
COVID-19

5 TIPS on How Learning Centres can get through a Crisis like COVID-19?

Malaysia’s Prime Minister had announced the prolonged Movement Controlled Order (MCO) for another 14 days until 14 April. At the same time, Singapore has announced additional measures to curb COVID-19 that is to ban all large gatherings and suspending all centre-based tuition and enrichment classes until 30 April. Given that having face-to-face classes is the livelihood for most of us, we definitely feel a great negative impact to our business.

Hence, a support session participated by 160+ learning centre operators across Malaysia, Singapore, Macau and Jakarta, was organised via Zoom and moderated by Dr Darren Gouk; founder of AOneSchools – learning centre software providers in Southeast Asia. The meeting focused on 5 key areas:

 

NO 1 – Online teaching and e-Learning

 

All centre operators agreed that there is a need to shift from offline to online teaching and learning. There are already many existing online platforms that provides content for students to learn from. As a result, parents may freeze or withdraw their children from your centre and substitute the classes with an online provider. Hence, in this situation, we should pivot fast and switch to online as soon as possible. Focus on those parents who are ready to engage in online learning and maximise our effort there.

From the discussion, several notable platforms that can facilitate e-learning were mentioned – Google Classroom, Zoom, Skype, AOneSchools Online Classroom. While content providers mentioned were iLearnAce, Udemy, SmartJen and 学而思. Please note that not all brands mentioned are free of charge to use while some might only incur a fee for a more premium package. AOneSchools is not in any way affiliated to the brands above besides our own AOneSchools Online Classroom.

   

In general, the adoption rate (parents who agreed to online learning) is about 60% to 85% depending on the type of lessons that is provided. It is worth noting that not all parents will agree with the idea of online learning. Experience sharing from several centre operators reveal that common friction faced are parents are not as keen to allow their younger children to use a laptop or tablet to learn and they do not believe that e-learning will as effective as offline lessons.

To tackle these issues, you need to address the initial aim of parents sending their children for lessons in the first place – that is to learn and improve on a certain subject or skill. If their children’s learning curve is suddenly disrupted, they might not be able to catch up in the future. Highlight to them the importance of continuing their education even in such difficult time. Besides that, you may suggest parents to sit with their younger children and assist them in the first few online classes and see whether they are able to cope with it. A typical big classroom setting can also be split into smaller groups with shorter sessions.

Online learning can be used beyond the typical classroom arrangement. Several music centre owners have conducted various classes through Zoom. For example, a Piano lesson provider uploads pre-recorded videos to Youtube for music instrument teaching. Students are required to watch these videos before their online class for a more engaging class. Parents are loving this initiative as they get to see first-hand what their children have been learning all this time.

 

 

Once centre operators are aware and ready to take their lessons online, there are many pre-cautions, SOP, steps to be taken care of. You may find more in depth in our separate posts – ARE YOU READY for Online Teaching? – Guideline for Learning Centre Owners

 

 “The Education Market is always there. Parents and students will still be spending in education but in different ways. We have to be agile and quick to change our model to cater their needs!”

 

NO 2 – Communication & Engagement with parents/students and teacher

   

Over-communication is always better than under-communication. As centre owner-operators, it is your responsibility to constantly engage with all stakeholder of your business i.e parents / students, teachers, franchisees, licensees etc. While you might be worried on the financial aspect of the business, parents are as worried for their children’s learning progress and teachers are worried about the future of their job and income.

When coming up with a plan for this period, whether is to have replacement classes or shift to online classes, you must include your staff members in this plan. This is because they will be the frontliners to execute whatever that is planned out and they understand better on the possible challenges that will occur. This also gives the opportunity for a transparent discussion and a clear direction for everyone in the organization to follow.

For the parents’ side, always address the situation as it is. Do not be vague by telling them everything will be fine but rather mention specifically your interim solution and how it will be carried out. Learning centres must be well prepared to inform parents even before any further announcements from the Government i.e. the Prolonged MCO until 14th April. It certainly makes a huge difference if a centre operator informs their students and parents on their interim arrangement (e.g online class, pro-rate fees, replacement class) immediately after the government’s announcement versus another centre operator that only notify parents on their centre’s arrangement five days after the announcement. The same theory applies to communication with teachers and other stakeholders, ie. Franchisees, licensees as well.

 

3. What should I do to maximise lockdown period?

   

This is the best time to promote your centre on social media. This is because everyone is scrolling through their Facebook and Instagram at home. Continue to engage with your current clients (parents) and use this opportunity to promote your centre and attract past leads and contacts. For example, some centre owners organised Facebook Live sessions to showcase their unique selling points such as how they teach their students. This is a great tool to use as parents can easily share this to their friends and family members to watch together. Not only would this further engage your current students for more stickiness towards your business, but at the same time it will also attract new students to your learning centre.

In addition to this, constantly post on your Facebook page and Instagram, whether it is sharing a funny joke or posting questions. By doing so, this sub-consciously reminds parents why they signed up for your lessons in the first place and will continue to join your centre after the lockdown period. For fitness related classes or music school operators, most commonly seen strategies are utilising hashtags (#) on Instagram and Tik-Tok to build the engagement. A simple search will show that they are many videos on these platforms from “workout from home” to “learn to play a song in 14 days”.

On the backend of the business, take this time to clear all documents and review aspects of the business that you previously did not have the time for. For example, prepare a cash-flow analysis and business performance review for the first quarter of 2020. Compare it with your targeted achievement and locate areas of the business that can be improved. Get to know the following metrics:

  • % of student withdrawal on a monthly basis
  • Student enrolment channels
  • % spending on salary
  • Life-time value of your students
  • Which programme (lesson) performs the best
  • Which teacher generates more revenue

At the same time, you may also consider to enhance your lessons plans by including more teaching tools or utilizing various platforms for a higher productive class.

As a software provider to learning centres, we observed that centre operators are taking this opportunity during this MCO period to perform data entry to the system. Similarly, new users are going through our on-boarding process where they are guided to use their system. This includes all of their team members on systemising the centre operation using our solution. By the end of this period, they will be able to restart their business stronger with more organised and automated operations.

 

4. Government incentives and opportunities for SMEs (in Malaysia only)

   

On 24th March 2020, Bank Negara Malaysia announced an automatic six-months moratorium for all loans including business loans, property mortgages and hire purchase. This gives a better cash-flow arrangement for all business owners. At the same time, if you are renting the location of your centre, you may negotiate the rental fees with the landlord. Some owners shared that their landlords were understanding enough to give 50% off their monthly rent. Click here for more info.

Bank Negara Malaysia has also allocated RM2 billion to alleviate the short-term cash flow problems. Eligible SME owners may apply for financing with a capped rate of 3.75% p.a with a tenure of up to 5.5 years. Applications are available for major banks in Malaysia. Click here for more info.

Under the 2020 Budget, the government; through Ministry of Finance (MOF) collaborated with Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), SME Bank, and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in setting up a grant for eligible Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to adopt digitalisation in daily operations.

Launched in mid-February, this is a 50% matching grant of up to RM5,000 per company for the subscription of any digital solution such as a management system, accounting software and HR payroll solutions. This matching grant will be worth RM500 million over 5 years, limited to the first 100,000 application. Click here for more info.

   

AOneSchools has been selected as one of the Technology Solution Providers (TSP) under this initiative. Any learning centres such as tuition centres, enrichment classes providers, kindergartens, daycare centres, swim schools, music schools that meet the eligibility criteria will receive 50% subsidy (up to RM5,000 when adopting our management system.

 

5. PLAN B – What should I do if further lockdown for 3 months?

   

“Plan for the worst, do our best” was the tagline of the discussion. At this rate, no one can predict if the lockdown period will continue and if the COVID-19 situation will worsen. Hence, the only thing we can do is to plan for the worst and do our best throughout this entire period.

Firstly, you need to face the reality and estimate how long your business can sustain with zero revenue. By getting that aspect done, proceed to plan for your cash-flow management. List down all fixed cost, variable cost and operational cost. For example, loan repayment, rental fees, salaries, utility bills, printing cost, office supplies, royalty payment to HQ. Locate which cost can be lowered and what can be done to cut expenses.

Secondly, in terms of running the business, many centre owners asked how they can manage their business from home. At this crucial period, it is suggested that you include automation in any of your work procedure. This includes automated fee collection (auto-billing, in-app payment), cashless fee collection, replacement class arrangement, e-attendance and e-progress reports. By doing so, you can always be on-the-go and still manage your business while reducing your operational cost. By using AOneSchools, centre operators can basically manage the centre operations from home!

 
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Finally, continue to offer e-Learning to your students. While you might experience some resistance from parents, having some students is clearly better than having no students at all. In the long run if this continues, parents will not have the luxury of choosing not to join online classes as this will be the only option for education. The education industry will continue to survive as the market is always there. It is just how agile we can be to change our business model and adapt to current time.

“We can’t change the situation, but we can change our mindset in dealing with the situation positively.”

Dr Darren Gouk, Founder of AOneSchools