Staging a science show


Impressed: Tengku Nasariah (second from left) and Yap (second from right) enjoying the performance of Simon Timothy Sitepu Michael (left) and Lim Xin Ruu (right). The students performed at last year’s Petrosains Science Show Competition and had won the WOW Demonstration Award.

STUDENTS with a penchant for science and a knack for stage performances will now have an avenue to shine.

Petrosains has embarked on its seventh Science Show Competition, where students can come to showcase a scientific concept of their choice through creative demonstrations.

“The aim of the programme is to enable students to deepen their understanding and interest in science through innovative learning methods while also honing their communication and presentation skills,” said Petrosains Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim.

She said the programme was also in line with the Government’s direction to shape a younger generation that was inclined toward the fields of science and technology.

“We are supporting the Government in producing and moulding the future generation who are not only informed and scientifically literate, but who are confident and intelligent to lead the nation,” she added.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the ministry needed support from corporate bodies to continuously conduct initiatives to help nurture and produce future leaders.

Karate chop: Lim (left) and Sitepu Michael showing the audience how it is done during the launch of the competition.
Karate camp: Lim (left) and Sitepu Michael shwoing the audience how it is done during the launch of competition.

“The ministry is keen for students to be educated, and not just learned. They not only get to excel in academics but also be instilled with values such as teamwork, discipline and responsibility.

“This contest can bring that while enabling autonomous learning that is fun,” said Yap, adding that this creative programme could also encourage teachers to provide alternative teaching methods to further spark interest for relevant subjects.

According to Tengku Nasariah, Petrosains received about 600 entries from schools in last year’s competition and had garnered international attention.

“Last year, the programme received recognition from the Asia-Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres and won an award in the ‘Creative Science Communication’ category,” she said.

Riding on this success, she urged more schools to continue with registration before the closing date on April 30.

The competition is open to all secondary school students from Form One to Form Six, in teams of two or individually with a teacher advisor.

Ten entries will be short-listed in each state and will proceed to the national semi-finals where the top eight teams will battle it out at the grand finals in October.

Students and teachers can obtain entry forms from their respective state Education Departments or at www.petrosains.com.my

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