Creativity shines at science show

Mahdzir (centre) presenting the third prize to Lionel Jesson Bolrahman (second from right) of SMK Lake Bau, Sarawak while Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Zukri Samat (right) and Petrosains Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim (second from left) look on.

PRESENTING science concepts on stage with witty performances and interesting science experiments, eight secondary school teams battled it out for the top prize at the Petrosains Science Show Competition 2015 recently.

The grand final of the national-level competition was held at the Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid gave away prizes to the main winners of the competition.

Also present at the event were Petronas brand management head Rizan Ismail, Petrosains chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim and Bank Islam managing director Datuk Seri Zukri Samat.

The annual competition was first held by Petrosains in 2009 to support the nation’s education agenda in popularising science and promoting effective learning methods in science for students.

This year, more than 900 entries were received from secondary schools all over the country.

The 10 best teams from each state were shortlisted to compete in the state-level competition.

Then, 16 state champions and two wildcard picks competed in the semi-final to win a spot in the grand final.

In the final showdown, the teams took turns on stage to creatively present a science show for 15 minutes, showcasing an experiment or demonstration to illustrate a scientific theory learnt in the classroom.

In his speech, Mahdzir said, “The creation of a scientific and progressive nation which will produce skilled workforce in science and technology has been identified as an important component in the development and economic growth of the country.

“Initiatives such as this competition are in line with the Govern-ment’s efforts and objectives to spark interest and engage the Malaysian public, especially students, to be interested and involved in science and technology endeavours.”

Nasariah said feedback from teachers on the competition had been positive.

“Students are indirectly able to understand deeper and appreciate science better. It encourages students to think creatively and innovatively when presenting the science concepts in their presentations.

“They are competing in a healthy environment which also builds their confidence and ability to communicate effectively when presenting on stage,” she added.

Scores at the grand final were based on science content, script, performance, delivery, props, costumes and special effects.

Winners of the competition walked away with cash prizes as well as Petrosains’ merchandise and other prizes.

In first place was SMK Tampa-ruli, Sabah, which was represented by Arrvierri Veshpa and Ennqa Carrysna. SMK Sultan Abu Bakar in Kuantan (represented by Lim Jian Hui and Hiresh Nair Haridas) and SMK Lake Bau, Sarawak (represented by Lionel Jesson Bolrahman) came in second and third, respectively

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