Innovative youths: (from left) The Mighty Mind Penang State Level winners Timothy, Lee and Daniel from SMJK Chung Ling.
GEORGE TOWN: Despite claiming that they were unprepared, three Form Two students from SMJK Chung Ling emerged as champions during the first leg of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds 2014.
Lee Roy and twins Daniel Beh and Timothy Beh won in the Lower Secondary category (Form One to Form Three).
The three 14-year-old students defeated 115 other teams yesterday to qualify for the national finals in the Klang Valley.
“Unlike my teammates, who had taken part last year, it was my first time taking part in the challenge.
“However, we will be ready for the national finals,” Lee said following the prize presentation ceremony held at 1st Avenue in Penang yesterday.
Timothy said some of the multiple-choice questions in the first round of the challenge were tougher than last year.
He added that the group had to build a model water filter using the evaporation and condensation method for the second round of the challenge, called the “Hands-On Challenge”.
The other group which also qualified for the National Finals under the Upper Secondary category (Form Four and Form Five) consists of students from SMK Bukit Jambul.
Caryn Lim Myn Li, Chow Zhi Ming and S. Yoganandam, all in Form Five, defeated 117 other teams.
Lim said they took two weeks to prepare for the event, adding that it was Yoganandam who came up with the idea of building a citrus fruit juicer model for their “Hands-On Challenge”.
The Star’s senior regional manager (operations) David Yeoh said the competition was stiffer than the one held last year.
“The challenge was a real test of knowledge. Individuals must be well-read and able to work as a team,” he said.
RHB business support manager (Penang island area manager office) Leong Kin Sing said the challenge would help the students to develop critical thinking.
The next leg of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds 2014 will be held in Sabah on April 5.
Jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and RHB Banking Group, the competition will be held in 14 states before all the champions head to Klang Valley for the national finals.
For more details, contact The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777 / 1703 or visit www.thestar.com.my/mightyminds.