THE Sweetly Dangerous Squad from SK Taman Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, emerged champions in the International Science Drama Competition (ISDC) 2019 Primary Category for their “Hazardous Chemical Pollution” skit inspired by the toxic waste pollution in Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
They defeated teams from China, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines and Thailand.
This is the second consecutive year that Malaysia has won the international competition.
Held at the Song Ching Ling Youth Science and Culture Exchange Centre in Beijing, China, five primary school teams and four open category teams from the Asian countries battled it out on stage and presented a seven-minute drama based on the theme of “Chemistry Makes Life Better”.
Also present was Petrosains chief executive officer Fedora Zulkifli, who was among the panel of ISDC judges alongside representatives from the other science centres and museums of the participating countries.
The winning team represented Malaysia after winning the Petrosains Science Drama Competition (PSDC) 2019 held in Putrajaya in June, in which they won an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the international competition in Beijing. Their flights to and from Beijing were sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, as a partner and the official airline of the PSDC 2019.
As Petronas’ corporate social responsibility arm in the pillar of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, Petrosains’ involvement in PSDC is part of its contribution to the nation in support of the government’s aspiration to develop a future generation of critical thinkers who are scientifically inclined.
The competition was first held in 2016 as the Malaysian finals of ISDC. It was later renamed to Petrosains Science Drama Competition in 2019.
The objective of the competition is to promote science through drama among the younger generation.
The mechanics of the competition is reflective of Petrosains’ learning approach, where different techniques such as the performing arts are used to spark interest, inspire passion in science and encourage creativity among students.
Participation for the international competition was open to teams comprising primary school pupils under the Primary category and the public in the Open category.
Participants were required to form a team of a maximum of 15 cast members and perform on stage a skit for no more than seven minutes which must combine scientific content and drama.
This year’s theme was in conjunction with the year of the periodic table of chemical elements.
Their performances were scored based on scientific content, cast performance, overall presentation and creativity.
“The competition has helped the students to be more motivated and inspired towards science.
“We hope that by participating in this competition, it will allow the students to understand and appreciate science better while encouraging them to think creatively when presenting the science concepts in their performance.
“The teams from the other countries performed extremely well and each had their own strengths but our Malaysian team’s performance was holistic and inspiring.
“Using the current issue of the Sungai Kim Kim toxic waste pollution, they were able to not only efficiently convey chemistry concepts but also invoke a sense of realisation and responsibility.
“The Sweetly Dangerous Squad proved to be ahead of the pack and clinched the champion title, ” said Fedora.
As winners of the Primary category of ISDC 2019, the team from SK Taman Kepong took home RM2, 000, trophy and certificates.
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