Eleven teams from secondary schools around Johor battled it out at the state-level of the Petrosains Science Show Competition (PSSC). Held at Auditorium Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Johor, the teams were contending to be state champion and subsequently represent Johor in the Grand Finals this October at Putrajaya.
Entering its ninth year, the nationwide competition was first introduced to promote Science along with effective and informal learning methods amongst secondary school students in line with Petrosains’ role as the corporate social responsibility arm of PETRONAS in education.
PSSC required students to present a scientific concept and showcase an experiment or demonstration to prove it, either individually or in teams of two in a 15-minute presentation on stage. They were judged based on content, showmanship, vocal elocution, language and props used.
Nur Husniena Izzaty and Siti Raudhah of SMK Sultan Ismail who presented on Marine Science, effectively illustrated the ‘Bernoulli principle’ and how hydrofoil shaped fins help sharks float and swim faster; and that lead them to be crowned as state champions.
The duo will represent Johor in the Grand Finals where they stand a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for four to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (MIRAIKAN) in Tokyo, Japan worth more than RM30,000 including the opportunity to appear on the PSSC Astro TVIQ television show.
“We hope that through the competition, the students will not only attain experiences that will develop and enhance their science process skills but also gain more confidence and heighten their ability to become critical and creative thinkers,” said Tengku Nasariah, Chief Executive Officer of Petrosains adding that they were very pleased to have received more than 1,800 entries this year which was the highest in the history of PSSC.
Besides the competing students, their supporters and accompanying teachers, the event was also attended by representatives from the State Education Department, Petrosains, and Bank Islam, the co-sponsor for the competition.