Challenge 2015 kicks off in Ipoh


  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Mar 2015

Mighty winners: The team from SM Lodge celebrating after they were declared champions in the Upper Secondary category.

PETALING JAYA: The RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Challenge 2015, which challenges students on their knowledge of current events, the ability to build an innovative model based on a theme and their creativity and oratory skills, is back for the seventh year.

It kicks off in Ipoh tomorrow, followed by Malacca on March 28 and Johor on April 4.

This competition, which is jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and RHB Banking Group, is open to secondary school students in all 14 states.

There are two categories – Lower Category which is open to students in Forms One, Two and Three, and Upper Secondary comprising students in Forms Four and Five.

In the state challenge, there are four ­categories – multiple choice questions, hands-on challenge, oral presentation skills and buzzer quiz.

The hands-on challenge is where teams have one hour on the day of the competition to design a model based on a given theme, which will be posted in the StarEducate pullout of Sunday Star and on the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds microsite (www.thestar.com.my/mighty minds) about two weeks before the day of the competition.

The champions of the state challenge in both the lower and upper secondary categories will then repre­sent their respective states in the National Challenge to be held in the Klang Valley.

Third former Deshvinder Kaur Delvinder Singh from SMK Bukit Mewah in Negri Sembilan, who was part of the winning lower secondary team in the Mighty Minds National Challenge 2014, said those wanting to take part this year should brush up on their general knowledge.

“Teams should also look at past year questions for Mighty Minds and find out how the problems were solved,” he said.

His team member Naviinesh Morgan from SMK St Paul, Seremban, said every individual should do his best.

“Have a good balance of general knowledge, model building as well as presentation skills,” he added.

Team captain Jerry Tan, who was part of the upper secondary team from SM Lodge in Kuching, Sarawak, which won last year, said team work was essential.

“My advice is to practise and work together constantly so you can anticipate each other’s moves, coordinate efficiently, and understand each other’s strengths and shortcomings.

“This helps ensure that your team has no weak links that you’re unaware of,” he said.

For more information and to download the registration form, contact Mighty Minds 2015, c/o The Star’s Customer Care Unit, Menara Star, 15 Jalan 16/11, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, call 1300 88 7827 from Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm), e-mail customerservice @thestar.com.my or visit www.thestar.com.my/mightyminds.

Fax your entry forms to 04-647 3396 if you are taking part in the following states: Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Perlis and Kedah; and to 03-7957 7798 for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Johor, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak.

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