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Sunday March 15, 2009

Mind candy

ATTENTION all mighty brainiacs! If you have not signed up for the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds challenge, be quick to do so as registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Open to 120 teams for Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Perak and Penang, and 60 teams for all other states throughout Malaysia, the contest is a platform for you and your team to prove your might in Science, Mathematics and General Knowledge.

So, grab two other friends, get a teacher to say yes, and your team of three might be on your way to winning prizes worth up to RM6,000.

The State Challenge is divided into two parts. While the First Challenge requires teams to answer 20 quiz questions based on Science and Maths principles and General Knowledge through interactive keypads, the Second Challenge will see qualifying teams take up a hands-on task.

This latter part of the challenge is also the deciding factor for teams to proceed to the National Challenge, to be held in the Klang Valley in August.

An example of a hands-on task is the construction of a water clock.

Each team will first receive an instruction manual. Once the signal to start is given, all three team members are to discuss how they will design the clock and submit a sketch of their model design. This is to be followed by the construction of the model.

Now, who would have ever thought that empty mineral water bottles, wooden chopsticks, a manila card, and other basic items could be used to create a water clock? And what’s more, to do it within one-and-a-half hours.

Of course, on contest day, there won’t be any water clocks involved, but you get the idea.

Should there be problems coming up with the design model, you may opt to get hints from the judges. Marks will be deducted for acquiring the hints.

RHB-The Star Mighty Minds is open to all Malaysian secondary school students, so unless you do not possess a Malaysian identity card, there is no reason for you not to take on the challenge. You do not want to miss out on this exhilarating event, or let attractive cash prizes pass you by!

Organised by RHB Capital Bhd and Star Publications (M) Bhd, the contest will start with state level preliminary rounds from March to July, and culminate in the National Challenge.

The first state challenge will kick off at Mahkota Parade in Malacca on March 29.

The registration fee is RM10 per category per school. Entry forms are available in The Star, F123, F4F5 and RHB and RHB Islamic bank branches nationwide.

For contest details, or to subscribe to The Star’s Science and Maths guides F123 and F4F5, which will contain tips for contest participants, call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777 (direct line) or 03-7967 1388 ext 1152/1160, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5.30pm.

Alternatively, you can get details about the contest and download the registration form at thestar.com.my/mightyminds/.

Be warned... places are filling up fast!

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