SCIENCE, to some people, can be boring or even difficult to understand because of its complexity on living organisms, reaction between substances, or the natural phenomena of the universe.
But to the participants of Petrosains Science Show Competition 2016, science is an enjoyable and engaging subject.
The amount of fun they had from planning and practising since May, to presenting at the grand finale was clearly seen on their faces as well as the energy they exuded on stage.
Their schoolmates came in full force to support them, and the event was positively charged with their loud cheers.
The Petrosains Science Show Competition 2016 came to an end after eight secondary school teams from across the country battled it out to be the champion.
Each team, which consisted of either one or two participants, presented their science concepts and experiments while injecting wit into their performances.
Even though it was a tough fight, SMK Tun Abdul Razak, Kuching, emerged as the grand prize winner with Santa Senthia Ank Saka and Joekryno Ank Joni, both 19, receiving an all-expense paid trip to SciTech Science Museum in Perth, Australia worth RM20,000.
Under the guidance of their chemistry teacher Tchong Fui Mui, the duo presented Newton’s third law, and brought in a puppet named “Dr Akomon” – inspired by the game and show Pokemon – for added effect.
“There are no words to describe our feelings now. We are elated to have won this competition.
“We had two months to prepare our presentation, and had to manage our time well between studying and practising for this competition. Plus, our STPM is just around the corner,” said Joekryno on behalf of the duo. He also won the “Best Presenter Award”.
SMK Tun Abdul Razak was also one of three gold medal winners, joining the ranks of SMK Langgar, Kedah and SMK Tamparuli, Sabah which received RM7,000 cash, certificate, a plaque and Petrosains merchandise.
Bagging the silver medals were SM Sains Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, SMK Taman Tasik Taiping, Perak, and SMK Convent Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur, with each winning RM5,000 cash, certificate, a plaque and Petrosains merchandise.
As for bronze medalists MRAS Tun Abdul Razak, Pekan, Pahang and SMK Sultan Ismail, Johor, they took home RM3,000 in cash, certificate, a plaque and Petrosains merchandise.
On another note, SMK Jelawat, Kelantan won RM10,000 for being the school with the most number of entries at 126.
Participants were judged based on science content, script, performance, delivery, props, costumes and special effects by a select panel of judges, which comprised science academia, and management personnel of Petrosains and Bank Islam.
The Petrosains Science Show Competition 2016 grand finale was held at Auditorium Kompleks E, Kompleks Kerajaan Parcel E, Ministry of Education, Putrajaya, and attended by Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan.
In his speech, Kamalanathan highlighted that 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 Government’s efforts and objectives to spark interest and engage the Malaysian public especially students to be interested and involved in science and technology endeavours.
“Competitions like this will also help students on how to manage their time, boost confidence, improve their communication skills and think critically,” he said.
The annual competition has been organised by Petrosains since 2009 to support the nation’s education agenda in popularising science and promoting effective learning methods in science for students.
It also reflects the learning approach by Petrosains whereby multiple techniques, equipment and methods are used to spark interest, inspire passion and encourage creativity among students.
The uniqueness of this competition is that science and performing arts are combined, encouraging students to think creatively and innovatively when presenting the science concepts while having a deeper understanding and appreciation towards science, said Petrosains chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim.
“I’m also pleased to announce that this year, we received over 1,500 entries, which is a new record for this competition.
“At the same time, we are blessed to have the continuing support from the Co-Curriculum and Arts Division of the Education Ministry and Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad as a collaborator and co-sponsor. Bank Islam contributed RM500,000 for this competition and the Visit-to-School programme.
“Their support will help us to continue with more meaningful informal educational programmes for students in the country while remaining sustainable,” she said.
The competition will be broadcasted on Astro TVIQ, channel 610, throughout November and December.