Last Friday, Tapay took part in Diversity Day with STEM at SK Presint 11(1). It was a day of fun learning for the kids as they partook in activities aimed at introducing them to the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in a more fun and approachable way. 120 children from 12 selected schools participated in Diversity Day with STEM. The participating schools were carefully selected to include children from various cultural and religious backgrounds, without excluding those from rural areas or with special needs. One of the key objectives set by the organizers, the Ninja Academy and VD Consultant, was to make the group as diverse as possible so as to expose children to their peers from different cultural backgrounds and walks of life.
During the event, children touched on various science subjects such as chemistry and IT. There was a slime making workshop which was a hit amongst the kids, as well as a coding class held in the school’s computer lab. We were grateful for the chance to introduce Tapay to the children and the concept of QR payment which will surely be something the kids will be using on a daily basis in the near future.
Tapay came in as a sponsor on Diversity Day providing breakfast and lunch for the participating children. The app was also introduced to the adults present, with RM 8 credited into every newly registered account on that day. One of the reasons we participated in Diversity Day was to showcase how Tapay can be so much more than just an e-wallet to make purchases of goods and services. There is an opportunity for the adoption of QR codes in schools as well, as seen on Diversity day where kids were given a QR code to be scanned for collection of their meals. In the educational context, Tapay is not limited to just being a means of payment. The app could also be used to mark attendance for pupils, keep them up to date with their schedules, and even for parents to keep a closer eye on their children’s expenditure.
The event wrapped up with a closing ceremony held in the school hall. In her closing speech, Professor Dato’ Dr. Noraini Idris, National STEM movement chairman, highlighted that events such as Diversity Day with STEM were important as in recent years Malaysia has seen a steady decline in the number of students enrolling into the science stream after PMR. Thus, cultivating an interest in the sciences in the youth is crucial to ensure that our country does not lag behind in terms of technological advancement in the future.