Funtasksticks: Aligning the Games with Course Outcomes of Physics and Biology for Pre-Science Students

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FunTaskSticks: Aligning the games with course outcomes of Physics and Biology for Pre-science students

Irma Ahmad1, Suhaiza Hasan2, Nur Azimah Osman3

1UiTM Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia)
2UiTM Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia)
3UiTM Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia) irma@ns.uitm.edu.my, suhaiza@ns.uitm.edu.my, azimah@ns.uitm.edu.my

Abstract

The demand for increasing the number of students to pass the pre-diploma programmes has boost up the need for active and motivating learning tools. To rouse the number of passing grades, various programs and series of lectures were conducted for pre-science students at UiTM Negeri Sembilan. However, none of the activities is in form of games. FunTaskSticks is a game that has been modified from the original Pick-Up Sticks and repurposed into instructional lesson as part of learning exercises to support students learning activities in informal educational settings. Therefore, in this study it attempts to investigate how FunTaskSticks could engage the learning process of Physics and Biology and assist them to improve their fundamental grammar of English language by using the terms and terminologies that they have learned in classes and from the game. There were 24 pre-diploma students who participated in this study. The finding revealed that FunTaskSticks is not only educating the students cognitively, but also affectively. Students learn to acknowledge, criticized and praise each other which has increased their motivation level and also their self-esteem. The usage of English language and their conceptual understanding towards Physics and Biology has increased throughout the games. They can easily memorize and spell the terms and terminologies of Physics and Biology.

Keywords: board games, learning tools, science education, physics, biology, motivational games

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