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by luwita hana randhawa
Presenting concepts with instruments and sounds earned a duo the top prize in a competition which also saw other winning teams come up with creative ideas.
IN TRUE cinematic fashion, Zarul Mustaqeem Abdul Samad fell to the floor in elated disbelief when he was announced champion of the 2013 Petrosains Science Show Competition.
Along with his partner Muham-mad Ilyas Ibraheem Russell, the two Form Five students of SMK Panchor, Negri Sembilan, beat seven other teams from around the country for the RM5,000 cash prize and a Petrosains Science Development Programme worth RM45,000 for their school.
The annual competition, now in its fifth year, requires participants to present scientific concepts in various innovative and entertaining ways to an audience and marks teams equally on their scientific accuracy and performance skills.
For their presentation, the winning duo tackled the science of sound. Through numerous demonstrations involving instruments and even at one point a candle flame, they explained to the audience that sound is produced by the vibration of air molecules.
“I think we came up with a unique and interesting storyline that made it entertaining for the audience,” says Muhammad Ilyas, commenting on the duo’s channelling of P. Ramlee in their costume and manner of speech.
“We entered this competition because we knew it would be fun. We are explaining important scientific concepts but doing it in a fun way,” said Zarul Mustaqeem, who is a self-professed chatterbox with no qualms in public speaking.
Zarul Mustaqeem and Muhammad Ilyas had a natural on-stage chemistry, and their skilful crowd work scored them high marks, said judge Dr Graham Walker.
For example, at the end of their presentation, the two students told the audience to tap one finger against the palm of the other hand. They then told the audience to continue adding a finger at a time until finally, what the audience was effectively doing was applauding.
Dr Walker, who is a science show researcher at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University, added that science shows were valuable and powerful tools to increase science literacy among the public.
“This competition takes things one step further and puts students on the stage. Giving students the opportunity to explain science to others refines and deepens their own understanding of it. Meanwhile, the performance part of the competition builds confidence and communication skills that will be a huge asset in their future.”
The boys may have clinched the top prize, but it was girl power all the way among the rest of the winners.
Sisters Norsabrina Mohd Sabri and Norsabrini Mohd Sabri of SMK Seksyen 10, Kota Damansara, Selangor, took the second spot, winning RM3,000 and a Petrosains Science Development Programme worth RM30,000 for their school.
Third place was a tie between Roovam Balasubramaniam and Elishea Asudas of SMK Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur and Wan Suhaili Wan Ismail and Tengku Nur Hazirah Tengku Azmi of SMK Lembah Bidong, Setiu, Terengganu, who took home RM2,000 and a Petrosains Science Development Programme worth RM15,000 for their schools.
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