TEN teams from secondary schools were all set with their props and science paraphernalia as well as on-stage talent to compete in the Petrosains Science Show Competi-tion Kuala Lumpur State Level.
The teams were vying for the title of state champion and to represent Kuala Lumpur in the grand finals of the competition in October.
The state-level competition was held in the Petrosains Discovery Centre in Suria KLCC.
Besides the students and teachers, the event was attended by representatives from the State Education Department, Petrosains, and Bank Islam as the sponsor for this year’s event.
The competition, organised by Petrosains, was first introduced in 2009 as an initiative to promote effective and informal learning methods among secondary school students.
It is open to secondary schools nationwide.
Students are required to present a 15-minute performance showcasing a scientific concept learnt in school. They are expected to present an experiment or demonstration to illustrate the theory in action, either solo or in teams of two.
This year, Petrosains received overwhelming response and recorded the highest number of entries to-date with 900 submissions.
Petrosains chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim said, “I am very pleased to see that every year, the number of entries that we receive have increased.
“We have also got a lot of positive feedback and students and teachers are very eager to participate.”
She added that the competitions also helped students enhance their science process skills.
“In the long run, students are developed to be confident and innovative as well as become critical and creative thinkers, which are all necessary for their intellectual development.
Teachers also get to utilise effective ‘hands-on’ techniques in educating their students, which adds more fun to the learning experience,” Tengku Nasariah said.
This year, the event is even more meaningful with the collaboration of Bank Islam and its financial contribution of RM400,000 to Petrosains for the competition.
This partnership marks one of the first collaborations that Petrosains is embarking on in its quest to further extend meaningful and impactful learning experiences to the community.
“With this contribution, Bank Islam hopes to instil interest in science and innovative technology amongst the students.
“As we move forward, these subjects are crucial to further develop a modern and technology-driven country,” said Bank Islam managing director Datuk Seri Zukri Samat.
Judges for the competition will comprise representatives from the State Education Department, Petrosains and Bank Islam.
The performances will be judged based on the science content presented, showmanship, vocal elocution, language and props used.
In the grand finals, the winners stand to win cash prizes, Petrosains merchandise and a challenge trophy.
The winning teams’ respective schools will also receive cash incentives for the purchase of educational and student developmental products.
State-level competitions are currently being held in each state in Malaysia throughout August.
The champion of each state plus two wild card picks will then compete in the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur. Eight top teams will then battle it out in the grand finals held in October.
The winner of the Kuala Lumpur leg was SMK (P) Pudu, Jalan Foss, Kuala Lumpur, represented by Justina Cham Chui Mun and Lee Lengie.
For more information, visit www.petrosains.com.my/science-show-competition/