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
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.
TAYLOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL KL PHISENUKWAT CHAI, MAAN ISHA KAUR MOHAN SINGH, DAKSHAYANI SHANMUGA VIVEKANANDA, CHLOE GOY YAN TING
VICTORIA INSTITUTION IQBAL BIN LOKMAN, AMIN IDHAM BIN RAZALEE, CHAI CHUN LIK, LYNDON LUM WAI KHUEN