Petrosains challenge – a fun way to learn science


By AVA LAI

Tunku Putra School team performing an experiment during the show.

KUCHING: Nine teams from selected schools in Sarawak competed to bring the most interesting way to learn science at the Petrosains Science Show competition in Kuching.

The competition, organised by Petrosains in collaboration with Bank Islam, is held for the eight time this year.

The schools that took part were SMK Balai Ringin, SMK Rosli Dhoby Sibu, SMK Jalan Arang Kuching, Tunku Putra School Kuching, SMK Kubong Limbang, SMK Lake Bau, SMK St Joseph, SMK Chung Hua Sibu and SMK Tun Abdul Razak.

Students were given 15 minutes to present their science topics in the most interesting and creative way using performing arts.

The programme aims to popularise science and as an initiative to promote effective and informal learning methods among secondary school students.

State Education Department deputy director Abang Mat Ali Abang Masagus said Petrosains was a good platform to boost science interest in students.

“If that is how we teach science in school, I am sure more will be interested to join the science stream.

“We hope parents, community and private sectors play a role to encourage more students to study in the science stream,” he said in his speech.

1 From left: Joekryno Joni, Tchong and Santa Senthia celebrating their win.2 Tunku Putra School team performing an experiment.
From left: Joekryno Joni, Tchong and Santa Senthia celebrating their win.

He said the contribution of the nine schools today was meaningful to encourage other students in the state to join science stream and incorporate science into their lives.

The state level competitions are being held in each state in Malaysia throughout August and September.

Santa Senthia anak Saka and Joekryno anak Joni from SMK Tun Abdul Razak Kuching emerged as Sarawak state champion for their lively and fun science puppet show on Newton’s third law.

They will represent Sarawak to compete in Putrajaya on Oct 26 and 27.

They were happy because friends and family members were there show their support.

Their teacher Tchong Fui Mui expects them to continue doing their best in the semi-finals and finals to repeat their victory as national winner from 2014.

“They had given their best shot and the audience are so supportive. We will get feedback from other teachers to help them improve their performance,” said Tchong.

SMK Chung Hua Sibu students Andy Lau Yueh Lee and Mike Ling Yi Lung took home silver while Emily Chong Chiaw Yik and Lo Siew Yau from SMK Lake, Bau received bronze.

A total of 1,554 entries were received from secondary schools nationwide. The state winners will compete against 16 other state teams and two wildcard picks in the semi-final and eventually, eight best teams will compete in the final showdown.

The grand prize winners for the final competition will enjoy fully-paid trip, worth RM20,000 for four, to the Scitech Science Museum in Perth.

The other eight finalists will take home medals, certificates, plaques, cash prizes and gifts.

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