BBC Earth School Chal­lenge 2017 - Malaysia

BBC Earth Mag­a­zine Asia takes learn­ing out­side the class­room with chal­lenges that en­gage stu­dents to learn more about the world

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This month we cel­e­brate the par­tic­i­pants and win­ners of the BBC Earth Mag­a­zine School Chal­lenge - Malaysia

Wel­come back to another ex­cit­ing edi­tion of BBC Earth Mag­a­zine School Chal­lenge! Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of last year’s inau­gu­ral event in Malaysia, the BBC School Chal­lenge has re­turned and at­tracted over 70 sec­ondary school stu­dents from across the coun­try to par­tic­i­pate in a se­ries of chal­lenges that took place on 26 Septem­ber 2017 at Pet­ro­sains KLCC, The Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre. In keep­ing with the cu­ri­ous learn­ing spirit of the mag­a­zine, the event in­sti­gated stu­dents to dis­cover more about the world they live in through chal­lenges that cen­tred on top­ics of sci­ence, na­ture and his­tory.

In the first round, each team com­pris­ing four mem­bers was given one hour to com­plete a test that con­sisted of 50 mul­ti­ple-choice ques­tions and one short an­swer es­say. After the com­ple­tion of the first round, par­tic­i­pants were taken on a brief tour of the sci­ence dis­cov­ery cen­tre while judges tab­u­lated the test scores and de­lib­er­ated on the fi­nal­ists. From there, 10 fi­nal­ist teams were cho­sen to move onto the sec­ond round which re­quired par­tic­i­pants to pre­pare a short pre­sen­ta­tion. Each team was given three hours to plan and re­search pre­sen­ta­tion top­ics that touched on global sub­jects such as the prospects of robots tak­ing over hu­man jobs and ne­ces­sity of tra­di­tional brick-and-mor­tar shops in the dig­i­tal age. The sec­ond round saw many of the teams tap­ping into their cre­ative po­ten­tial as they in­cor­po­rated fun and skits in their pre­sen­ta­tions to fur­ther en­hance their de­liv­ery.

The evening was capped off with the crown­ing of the 2017 School Chal­lenge win­ners and pre­sen­ta­tion of ap­pre­ci­a­tion cer­tifi­cates to spon­sors who had sup­ported the event. The spon­sors in­cluded Pet­ro­sains, Tourism Aus­tralia,

Lost World of Tam­bun, Bukit Gam­bang Re­sort City, World­wide Mag­a­zine Ser­vices, Columbia watches, The Planet Trav­eller, Best West­ern i-City and IDEAL Po­lar­ized Sunglasses. Tengku Nasariah Tengku

Syed Ibrahim, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Pet­ro­sains said, “We are truly pleased to col­lab­o­rate with Re­gent Me­dia through the BBC Earth Mag­a­zine School Chal­lenge. As an in­sti­tu­tion that pro­motes the pub­lic un­der­stand­ing of sci­ence, our aim is to be a plat­form that con­stantly pro­vides read­ers of the mag­a­zine and vis­i­tors of our Cen­tre alike with knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion that helps them un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate bet­ter, the world around them. This ini­tia­tive with the

BBC Earth Mag­a­zine then helps us nur­ture the cu­rios­ity over the fas­ci­nat­ing world of sci­ence and its valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to mankind. Our ul­ti­mate goal is to pro­vide

some­thing ap­peal­ing for ev­ery­one, espe­cially for the younger gen­er­a­tion. Col­lab­o­ra­tions such as this with BBC Earth mag­a­zine en­ables us to make the learn­ing of sci­ence ac­ces­si­ble, en­gag­ing and cred­i­ble.”

Im­press­ing a panel of four judges, sec­ondary school stu­dents of SMK Con­vent Bukit Nanas emerged as cham­pi­ons once again, tak­ing home the event’s top prize which was an ed­u­ca­tional trip to Aus­tralia. No stranger to the chal­lenge, the un­stop­pable team was last year’s cham­pion and suc­ceeded in de­fend­ing their ti­tle.

The team, which con­sisted of Chrys­tal

Foo Kai Ying, Re­becca Yenn Kay Chan, Shar­i­fah Zey­nah Al­hadad and Francesca Nira Lim was led by teacher men­tor, Ms

Tan Shim Yu. “Tourism Aus­tralia is pleased to con­tinue our sup­port for BBC Earth School Chal­lenge 2017. Travel is one of the best ways of learn­ing at any age and Aus­tralia is a great des­ti­na­tion for stu­dents who want to im­merse them­selves in unique ex­pe­ri­ences. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing the win­ners to Aus­tralia and they will have the chance to ex­plore a va­ri­ety of Aus­tralian wildlife, scenic land­scapes and

world class mu­se­ums and gal­leries to pique their in­ter­ests. We hope that they will have a great trip and will dis­cover why there’s noth­ing like Aus­tralia,” shared Elaine Leong, Coun­try Man­ager, Malaysia for Tourism Aus­tralia. Stu­dents from Vic­to­ria In­sti­tu­tion and Tay­lor’s In­ter­na­tional School Kuala Lumpur came in as first and sec­ond run­nerup and were awarded ed­u­ca­tional trips to Lost World of Tam­bun and Bukit Gam­bang Re­sort City. There were lots of prizes given away and all par­tic­i­pants went home with goodie bags that were filled with fun items.

This year’s event saw some fa­mil­iar faces re­turn­ing to take on more chal­lenges that re­quired skills and knowl­edge be­yond class­room sub­jects. We are glad that the event pro­vided a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for young minds to share their ideas and we look for­ward to another out­stand­ing event with more teams join­ing us next year.



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