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Sunday February 15, 2009

Mind challenge

WANT a chance to knock out your peers in a battle that requires teamwork, IQ, speed and creativity?

Well, sign up for the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds challenge and you can count on making your brains work and stretch your potential. Launched on Friday, this competition for secondary students will be held in all the 14 states throughout Malaysia, from March until August.

Teams will take part in a Maths, Science and General Knowledge quiz (Part One) before moving on to a hands-on challenge (Part Two) involving creative thinking and teamwork as they build a model based on Science and Maths principles.

RHB Capital Bhd chief operating officer Norazzah Sulaiman said: “This competition aims to promote education-excellence, and there is nothing more satisfying than to see students succeed. Hence, we would really like to see as many participants as possible, in particular from those living in rural areas.”

She added that RHB-The Star Mighty Minds aims to encourage reading as a habit among school students, and that it is important to encourage students to read books and other materials beyond their textbooks in order to gain wider knowledge.

The RM2.5 million competition is under RHB Capital’s “Let’s Learn with RHB” programme, and is part of its corporate responsibility initiative launched in July 2007.

Star Publications (M) Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Datin Linda Ngiam said: “This competition is not only about the students. It is also a test for the teachers because they play a big role in nurturing the students, so their efforts should be recognised.”

She added that by running the competition throughout Malaysia, there will be equal opportunity for all students regardless of where they are.

Students can compete under two categories – lower secondary (Forms One, Two and Three) and upper secondary (Forms Four and Five).

Each team should comprise three students accompanied by a teacher, and each school can send up to three teams.

The state champions for each category will receive RM3,000 in cash, while the second- and third-placed teams will receive RM2,000 and RM1,000, respectively.

The schools won’t be left out; they stand to win prizes worth up to RM2,000.

The top 14 teams from each category will battle it out at the national grand final in the Klang Valley in August. The winner will take the grand prize of RM6,000 in cash.

The contest is supported by The Star’s Science and Maths guides, F123 and F4F5, which are packed with syllabus-based learning tips and enrichment exercises written by specialists/teachers. The two pullouts will be vital to prepare for the challenge because they include a special section of tips and hints for participants.

F123 and F4F5 are distributed free through school subscriptions of The Star.

Places are limited, so sign up early. The registration fee is RM10 per category per school.

Entry forms will be available in The Star, F123, F4F5 and RHB and RHB Islamic bank branches nationwide.

For contest details/subscriptions, please call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777 (direct line) or 03-4967 1388 ext 1152/ 1160, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5.30pm.

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