Gamelan is Javanese traditional musical instrument which is quite common for foreigners outside Indonesia. There are many foreign researchers who are interested in conducting research on Gamelan. Even though most Javanese people learn and play Gamelan a lot, but there are still certain groups of people that are unable to learn and play it due to their disabilities. Disabled people, especially blind people need massive effort to learn and play Gamelan despite the lack of assisting media to help them doing so.
Students of Vocational College UGM keep inventing innovative products through Student Creativity Program of Science Research (PKM-PE) which is funded by DIKTI 2017. One of the innovative products is called “Choco Ginger Soap (CGS)” presented on the research paper entitled “Choco Ginger Soap (CGS): Optimasi Pemanfaatan Biji Kakao (Theobroma cacao L.) Afkir Dengan Ekstrak Jahe (Zingiber officinale) Sebagai Alternatif Sabun Relaksasi” (translated: Choco Ginger Soap: Optimization of Cocoa Bean (Theobroma cacao L.) Rejects and Ginger Extract (Zingiber officinale) as the Alternative Soap for Relaxed Skin).
Vocational College UGM students keep making creative innovations. One of the innovations funded by DIKTI is PUBBA (Pop Up Book Berbasis Audio) developed by team of Student Creative Entrepreneurship Program (PKM-K). PUBBA is a media to develop children’s character building by providing innovative learning media.
The idea of developing PUBBA comes from many discourses related to mental revolution and the lack of learning media to develop children’s character building. This product is designed for kindergarten and early ages or children between 4 – 6 years old. PUBBA is a pop up book which is designed with audio. In its first series, PUBBA takes environmental theme to educate children how to take care of the environment especially the water resources.
Penanaman Karakter Cinta Lingkungan (PAK CILIK) is an activity to promote environment appreciation which is organized by Student Communication Forum of Forest Management students (FORKOMMADIKA). This annual activity has been running within the last three years since 2014. This activity aims at educating elementary students about the importance of environmet as well as at celebrating Earth Day on 22nd April.
Sunday, 23 April 2017, FORKOMMADIKA held PAK CILIK with theme “Dream on Right Action (DORA)”. Participants of this activity were 100 elementary students from various elementary schools (SD) in Yogyakarta, such as SDN Giwangan, SDN Terbansari, SDN Mendungan and else. Included in this activity were education about environment and forest exploration at Hutan Pendidikan Wanagama I, Gunungkidul.
Wednesday (13/04/17). Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) program provides support to Japanese citizens who are willing to contribute to social and economic development around the world. Through this program, the volunteers are not only expected to help developing partner countries, which are likely developing and underdeveloped countries, but also maintain international friendships with local citizens in partner countries. Further, they could also enrich their own knowledge and experiences by doing collaborative projects overseas. Vocational College is one of some faculties in Universitas Gadjah Mada which receive grants from JICA to do collaborative expert project with JOCV. Vocational College hosts a JOCV expert at Japanese Language.