Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mathronicamp: I'm Teacher-blooded

How does it feel being a teacher? Well for me, as most of family are teachers, this is not something new. And on last Saturday, I got the chance to be one :) It was the Mathronicamp, a one day course organized by UTP Electrical and Electronic Engineering Student Society (E3SS), in collaboration with UTP Robocon Team. It's Najib who offered me the chance, as he was the one who initially in charge to be one of the representatives from Robocon Team but luckily, he got something to do on the same day, so he passed me the offer :) In this Mathronicamp we had to teach the Standard 5 students from SK Raban, a total of 70 plus students. Maths and teacher, is a great combination to make feel eager to join!

My day on that Saturday started at 630am (this is really rare to me.ngehe), rushing to reach Jehan's at V4 before 700am. I texted her as I start walking to V4 and she replied that she was not ready yet. When I reached her room, she was done with baju but not tudung and she honestly told me that: Aku bangun bile ko msg aku. Kalo ko tak msg, habis.

Ahaha. But never mind la. Jehan kencang. Ehe. We then got into the car, ready to gather with others at the V4 parking area. We waited for the other 2 boys from Robocon, and only then Jehan remembered that she forgot to bring along our Robocon corporate shirt. Lalala~ As she had to wait for the other boys, I volunteered myself to walk and get the shirts. Huhu. Done with the shirt-matter, we hurried to RoboLab as we had to take the batteries for the robot and some other thing. I did bring the lab key with me, but UNLUCKILY somebody had changed the padlock, and I only have one key with me! Pity to us, and pity to those that we had to wake them up, just to get the key. We had to wake up 3 guys on that weekend, and this is enough to make me feel guilty. But what can I say kan. That was the only way that we could do. Huhu. It's quite a long story for this key-matter so I'd like to stop it here.

It took us more than two hours to reach SK Raban, which is in Kuala Kangsar. We arrived the school somewhere around 1030am. Jehan and his boyfriend Shah were assigned to Group 9, while Nazrin and me were assigned to Group 10. Nazrin and me brought our 4 'kids' to another classroom. Then we got know each other, and then started working on their exercises together. The kids were quite shy-shy cat at the first time and it took me nearly an hour just to make them feel easy with me. I acted as usual, like a clown. Making stupid jokes and it gave me a relief when the laughed seikhlas hati. Ahaha. I really enjoyed teaching them. It was a great feeling being in front of them, writing on the whiteboard, trying to make them understand. I taught them just like my father did when he taught me during my childhood. Translating the sentences word by word just to make sure that I understand the question. I applied it and it worked well to them. It's not that hard to teach them; they can read english well but the only problem was that they couldn't translate the words well.

I had a problem teaching them the topic on Time. One of the kids could not even remember the month. This IS a serious problem. I even had problem making them understand using fist:

I tried hard to make them remember of how many days are there in a month. I told them this: "Kalo kite stop kat Tinggi, bulan tu ade 31 hari. Kalo Rendah, ade 30 hari" and then we did some exercises on Time. Then the big problem came: when we counted the month, one of the kids will always get different days from the others. When we got it 31 days, he would get 30 and vice versa. The kid then said to me: "Akak, betul la saye kire. 30." I then asked him to count it back. Only then I realized that he had a serious problem. A REALLY serious problem. His first two Tinggi and Rendah are obviously flat! No wonder he got different answer from others! I then made joke to the other kids, I said that they have to keep their body slim so they won't face the problem as what their friend had. (Note: the kid is a sihat type. Hehe. Chubby orang kate). And they all burst into laugh. Haha. Really funny.

In the classroom.

Then we had a break at 1230pm. After we were done with our lunch, the four of us from Robocon had to do the toughest task in this Mathronicamp, which was to take the robot out from the car. Believe me when I say that it took us more that half an hour just to bring out the robot! Doing the 'task' under the baking sun, I felt like my body was really baked. In an hour time I might turn into muffins. Cupcakes. Chocolate moist. Yummy. Erm you just see la the pictures that I curi-curi snap:

Nazrin and Shah. In the car: Jehan. Fuuh

The kids started to surround us as they found out that we were working with the robot. But people, you know what. We told them this: "Adik-adik, kalo robot ni tak boleh keluar, adik-adik tengok je lah robot ni dalam kete ni yek!" That was actually the bunyi of giving up. Hu

Jehan muke penat. She even blamed my group for making such a huge robot. Believe me Jehan, I never thought that my robot will ever ride a car, sitting beside both the driver and the back passenger seat! And people, do you get what I mean? The robot is LYING DOWN from front to the back seat!!!

And we have a secret to unveil here: we scratched so many parts of the car during this 'process'. But luckily it is Dr Naufal's car and he's the type that mind a little, but will just forget it minutes later. Hu. Lucky us. We then got back to class and started the teaching session. The session went normally, and we tried to finish all of the given modules in time so I selected certain questions for them to solve.

We stopped at 3, and the next slot is the Robot Demo. Oh. My time my session. We changed baju, and ready for the robot demo. The kids seemed so excited seeing the robot in front of them. I explained to the kids, teachers and also the facis bout the robot. How we fabricated it, what's this and what's that. And I was quite nervous demonstrating them the shooting mechanism of the robot. I said this to myself: "Ni kalo tak jatuh tin-tin tu, wat malu aku je. Robot punyela gempak, sekali rupenye demonstrator die gile looser." I then tried my best to give a best shot and voila, I made it! Hehe. I felt relieved when they gave me big applause. The kids seemed so proud of the robot's ability to shoot. We then give them some questions to answer and if they got it right, they would get the chance to try our robot. We even gave some snacks to them (sponsored by me. It wasn't much, but I know that it was a great feeling for the kids getting something when others don't. Ehe)

Nazrin conducting the game session.

The real view.

Then we had closing ceremony, and tangkap-tangkap gambar time!! Hehe

2 groups in 1, with the facis :)

I had so much fun with y'all guys! We are a great combination! :) And to Shah, you're too old to show your long-time-ago baby face.

And this is my very the very happening group! :D


Going back to UTP..

Plaza tol Jelapang. The new one. You know the issue don't you?

Really new.

And finally, home! (with tonnes of work waiting. Sigh)

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