Oct 5, 2020 – Prestasi Junior Indonesia was one of just 4 operations around the globe to pilot the Samsung Innovation Campus (SIC) in 2020. Four schools were involved in the undertaking which was conducted over six months in Jakarta and East Java and included innovative and engaging digital learning beginning with coding and advancing to Arduino and even the understanding of algorithms. The four schools were BINUS SCHOOL Simprug, BINUS SCHOOL Serpong, SMK Al Huda Kediri, and SMKN 1 Geger Madiun – three private schools and one state school. After six months of engagement within the comprehensive Samsung Innovation Campus Curriculum a culminating project was mandated to pitch teams against each other and ascertain the best SIC team operating within the Indonesian pilot program. Classes in schools were organized into groups and each group focused on developing a project and, if possible, a prototype to illustrate the information they secured during involvement in the SIC program. Teachers assessed these teams and selected the best to represent each of the schools at national level.
The winning team in 2020 was the only state school involved – SMKN 1 Geger. They have created an electronic device which focuses on maintaining a certain regime for the many elements within hydroponics. The idea has real value within the communities in East Java with possibilities of commercial potential. The team achieving the honour of ‘Most Favourite’ went to SMK Al Huda.
This first year of SIC implementation has, despite the pandemic challenges, resulted in significant success. What has been very pleasing was the enthusiasm of teachers in ensuring that the curriculum was delivered in an engaging and impactful manner.