Powering on: Wong (centre, in beige) and Kam (centre, in black) posing with SMK Taman Yarl students who won prizes during the mini quiz at the launch of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds National Challenge. With them are Norazzah (back, third from left), The Star deputy group chief editor Leanne Goh (back, third from right) and Star Radio Group chief executive officer Calvin Kan (right).
KUALA LUMPUR: The battle of the mightiest minds for teens in the country is back.
The sixth edition of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds National Challenge was officially launched at SMK Taman Yarl yesterday with a mini quiz.
Students from Remove Class to Form Five were asked a series of general knowledge questions such as the name of Britain’s Prince William’s eligible bachelor brother.
Before Form Four student Dharshinii Nair Kochiraman could offer the correct answer, shouts of “Harry! Harry!” were heard.
Dharshinii, a romantic at heart, said she would use the book voucher she won to buy novels like those written by Nicholas Sparks.
“I write plays and romantic novels, and reading books like these help me a lot,” she said.
Other questions asked at the mini quiz included what API (Air Pollutant Index) stood for and how many atoms one molecule of water has (three).
Jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and RHB Banking Group, the competition features a combination of multiple-choice question quiz, hands-on challenge, oral presentation and buzzer quiz.
Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and CEO Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said Mighty Minds was a competition that tested general knowledge.
“Students who take part must be knowledgeable. They must have creativity. If you look at everyday situations, that kind of knowledge doesn’t come from books,” he said.
RHB Banking Group group managing director Kellee Kam said the competition had been structured to promote the love of learning among students. “Our activities are centred on giving students chances of doing better in the future. Competitions like these help to build their confidence,” he said.
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chief governance officer Norazzah Sulaiman said the contest had become more “holistic” with stronger emphasis on the general knowledge component from last year.
“We want students to read beyond textbooks. Being good at Science and Maths alone is not enough. Without general knowledge, students would not be able to understand the needs of society in order to apply their knowledge in Science,” she said.
Starting March 15, the competition will take place in 14 states beginning with Penang, followed by Sabah on April 5. Winners in each category of the state challenges will travel to the Klang Valley for the national finals.
For details, contact The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777 / 1703 or visit www.thestar.com.my/mightyminds