THE Petrosains Science Show Competition returns for its 10th edition, in search of “science superstars” among secondary school students nationwide.
An initiative by Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, the competition aims to popularise science and promote exciting and effective learning methods for students.
Speaking at the launch in Menara Bank Islam, Kuala Lumpur, Petrosains chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim said the competition was a unique programme that combines science and the performing arts.
“This competition enables students to deepen their understanding and interest in science in an immersive way.
“While developing skills such as communication and public speaking, it will also help students build up their self-confidence.
“Petrosains hopes that by organising activities such as this competition, we are supporting the Government in producing and moulding the future generation who will not only be scientifically literate and critical thinkers, but are confident and intelligent to lead the nation and advance society in the future,” she said.
The competition is supported by the Education Ministry’s Co-Curricular and Arts Division with Bank Islam as financial sponsor. Bank Islam is providing financial sponsorship of RM600,000 for the Petrosains Science Show Competition 2018 and Visit-to-School programme.
Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Khairul Kamarudin said: “Bank Islam has supported the Petrosains Science Show Competition since 2015 and contributing RM500,000 every year until 2016.
“In 2017, we increased the sponsorship amount to RM600,000 due to the impact the competition had on students and to enhance the quality of the competition to expose them to the latest technology.”
He added that the bank’s total sponsorship amounted to RM2.2mil to-date.
The competition is open to all secondary schools in Malaysia with unlimited number of participations.
There are three levels – selection, state and final.
Participants are required to present a scientific concept and carry out an experiment or demonstration to illustrate the concept in a 15-minute stage performance either individually or in teams of two.
The top 10 teams will compete in their respective states and the finals will see eight state winners vying for the grand prize in October.
More than RM40,000 cash prizes and a grand prize of an all-expense-paid trip for four to China Science Technology Museum in Beijing, China, worth RM30,000 are up for grabs.
In addition, a cash award of RM5,000 will be presented to the school with the highest number of submissions for the purchase of learning and educational equipment.
Also, the competition will be recorded into an entertaining and educational television programme, to be aired on Astro TVIQ channel 610.
The closing date for entry submissions is May 31.
For details and entry forms, go to www.petrosains.com.my/science-show-competition/