Positive gaming helps school to win


By SUBASHINI SELVARATNAM intech@thestar.com.my

CYBERJAYA: Students from SJK (C) Kwang Hwa in Penang beat competitors from nine other schools to win the top prize in the Malaysian Cybergames Festival competition, which is an initiative by the Malaysian Cybergames Operations & Research (MyCore).

The team comprising of eight students won the competition in two online educational games as well as making of a short film during the three-day workshop.

MyCore, which was founded by Cyberview Sdn Bhd, encourages and promotes content and games developed by local MSC Malaysia companies.

The students played two online educational games called Sharp Shooter and Let’s Count during the competition. Sharp Shooter is designed to help increase a students’ vocabulary by examining their abilities to choose the right synonyms for given words. Let’s Count, on the other hand, tests the mathematical abilities of students.

“I play educational games at home during the weekends for two to three hours,” said the winning team’s representative, Tan Vicky, 12, whose ambition is to become a doctor or a teacher.

“I believe playing this kind of games has helped my team members to win the competition. All my teammates have a PC at home and they enjoy playing games,” she added.

As for making of a short film, the students produced a video that told the story of a boy who liked to destroy plants, bully animals and other kids, and how he turned over a new leaf.

For their efforts, the team walked away with five Acer PCs powered by AMD Athlon LE1660 processors, which are worth RM7,500 in total.

The second prize went to the team from SJK (C) Khoon Aik from Perlis. They walked away with three Acer PCs worth RM4,500 in total. The third prize went to the team from Sekolah Kebangsaan Kubang Kerian 1 from Kelantan. The team won two Acer PCs.

A total of 72 students from nine Malaysian schools participated at the Malaysian Cybergames Festival competition from May 4 to May 6 at Cyberjaya.

The competition aims to create ICT awareness among primary school children as well as cultivate an interest to pursue ICT related careers. It is organised by Cyberview Sdn Bhd and supported by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). The technology sponsor is AMD.

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