Adolescence vs. Education Today: Exploring Potential, Pursuing Technology

Fifteen students from Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Solo who were divided into three groups last week seemed busy doing something in the lake area of ​​the campus. They tinkered with three prototypes of their unmanned craft, including a fast boat and a submarine equipped with cameras used for drone in the water of their assembled work.

Spokesperson for the UNS Bengawan Unmanned Vehicle team, Tri Rahmaji, said that the drones by UNS Solo students ranged from water drones to aerial drones. This student’s work, he added, has won achievements in various national and international robotics competitions.

“Our work has 3 prototypes of unmanned ships. We adapted the designs to the actual miniature ships. We see that the potential for unmanned ships today or in the future is very much needed in the search and rescue team or penetrate locations that are difficult for humans to reach,” Tri explained.

Not just students, today’s technology is like drone and three-dimensional animation is also loved by students. When found FLY, Al Fikri Rahman, a grade 12 student from SMK Raden Umar Said Kudus, Central Java, is designing a three-dimensional animated image on a computer screen. Fikri, who initially had a hobby of drawing with pencils, has now switched to using animated moving images on a computer.

“Since I was a child, I have loved to draw. When there was a special animation school, I was interested. For three years, I studied animation at school using computers. It was fun and exciting. It took 1-2 years for a five-minute animation to produce it from concept, design, to execution,” said Fikri.

Raden Umar Said Kudus Vocational School succeeded in making achievements by winning various awards, both at national and international levels, through the animated film ‘Unstring Your Heart’. The animated film received awards from HelloFest 2019, The 20th Kansas International Film Festival 2020, Canberra Short Film Festival 2019, and Pune Short Film Festival 2019.

Animation training participants practice in Cimahi, which is determined to become a world-class animation city.  (Photo: Courtesy of Cimahi Creative Association)

Animation training participants practice in Cimahi, which is determined to become a world-class animation city. (Photo: Courtesy of Cimahi Creative Association)

The various works of the two educational institutions, UNS Solo and SMK Raden Umar Said, were seen directly by the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Makarim when he visited Solo in mid-October.

The UNS Solo Campus and Raden Umar Said Kudus Vocational School are some of the educational institutions that support the potential of students or students in developing technological works.

Technology Adaptive Education

The rapid development of technology makes the world of education improve itself. The chairman of the Rector’s Council of Indonesian State Universities MRPTNI, Professor Jamal Wiwoho, fully supports student creativity in the development of technological research. According to Jamal, who is also the Chancellor of UNS Solo, the technology competition created by students from various campuses will accelerate the advancement of technology in the country.

“Students can compete and get technological research achievements. We must support it. Next month UNS Solo will host a robot competition made by various campuses in the country. This is an example drone the work of UNS students who will participate in the competition. There is drone in air and water,” explained Jamal.

Mendikbudristek Nadiem Anwar Makarim reviews the implementation of the National Assessment at a school in Yogyakarta, on September 14, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Kemendikbudristek)

Mendikbudristek Nadiem Anwar Makarim reviews the implementation of the National Assessment at a school in Yogyakarta, on September 14, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Kemendikbudristek)

Teenagers, including students and college students in Indonesia who like to learn new technologies, also received a positive response from the government. Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Makarim said that human resources are a priority in the development of technology education which is now a world trend.

“Automatically, all digital skills are arenas or absorption potentials are always multinational. So they don’t know geography. Foreigners can ask for talents coding or animation from Indonesia. Can be an animator or content creator.”

“They can work for anyone in the world. That’s the joy of working in the digital technology world. That’s the mainstay of the digital sector, we can work for anyone and anywhere. One of the fastest ways to develop digital education is through children who have a passion in the world of digital technology. , “said Nadiem.

In order to outsmart the shortage of teachers and lecturers of technology practitioners, as well as budgets, schools or campuses are now relying on CSR Community Funds from various institutions.

Reluctant to Just Be a Consumer

Fikri, a vocational student who is engaged in animation, only has one desire in the future, which is to become a world-class animator. Fikri hopes that the animation works in the country can be proof that today’s youth defend the nation in a different way.

“Creating animation works is not easy and this will become a future trend. Hopefully, more Indonesian animators will be known worldwide,” Fikri concluded.

In a similar vein, Tri Rahmaji and his unmanned robotics team from UNS Solo hope that this technological work can be used in Indonesia and in various countries around the world.

“Hopefully our unmanned ship can be an inspiration and useful for others, even though it is still in prototype form,” said Tri. [ys/em]

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