Reviving the Lost Treasure
In 2002, the first science magazine, Estidotmy, was introduced to the public. An initiative by the Academy of Science Malaysia to instill interest in science, especially among young generations, and promote science, technology, and innovation (STI) to the community. The publication of the magazine was mainly intended for school students. Therefore, the simple, understandable, and digestible language used suitable for the public.
Throughout its publication from 2002 to 2012, Estidotmy has produced over 100 thematic issues as an insert in Utusan Malaysia. Funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI), the Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) worked as the content provider while MOSTI as the publisher. Its publication became a primary reference for teachers in providing scientific knowledge to students. However, due to budget constraints, the publication of Estidotmy was halted in 2012.
When Malaysia was hit with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s economic and educational activities were greatly affected. Children are estranged from schools and education. This has brought the country an alarming concern. Digitalization has helped everyone adapt to the new norm in every aspect of life, including education. In support of the advancement, ASM started an initiative to revive Estidotmy through a digital platform to ensure the knowledge of science, technology, and innovation remains lively and reachable to the public, called e-Estidotmy. This initiative is a collaboration between YSN-ASM and Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia. The first issue of e-Estidotmy is planned to be published in Q1 2021.