SK Bandar Baru Bangi took the top prize of RM1,000 in the Malaysian Finals of the International Science Drama Competition with a performance entitled “Creatures from the Depth”.
They beat 10 other primary school teams in the competition which involved presenting a seven-minute drama on stage to showcase a science concept based on the theme “Sustainable Tourism”.
The theme was chosen in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
The Matrix Private School claimed second place while SK Pekan Nenas came in third.
All three teams won cash, Petrosains merchandise and an all-expenses paid trip to Singapore to compete in the international level of the competition to be held on June 3 at the Science Centre Singapore.
At the international level, the winning teams from Malaysia will compete against teams from Singapore, China, Philippines and Nigeria.
The competition, held at Petrosains, The Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur, was attended by the pupils’ friends, families and supporters.
Also present were representatives from partners of the Malaysian Finals competition including KDU University College, EduNation and the Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI).
The Malaysian chapter of the competition was first organised by Petrosains last year to support the nation’s education agenda in sparking interest and promoting science through drama among the younger generation.
Open to primary school pupils, the competition required them to form teams of two to eight, and perform on stage a skit of not more than seven minutes, combining scientific content with drama.
Some of the topics presented by the various teams included responsible tourism, support for local products, waste management and recycling as well as conservation and protection of wildlife.
The mechanics of this competition is reflective of Petrosains’ learning approach whereby different techniques such as performing arts are used to spark interest, inspire passion and encourage creativity among students in the field of science.
Petrosains’ involvement in this competition is part of its CSR contribution to the nation in support of the Government’s aspiration to develop a future generation of critical thinkers who are more scientifically inclined.
For the Malaysian Finals, teams were judged by a panel made up of representatives from the competition partners.
The performances were scored based on scientific content, cast performance, overall presentation and creativity.
This year, more than 20 entries were received from primary school teams all over Malaysia.