KOTA KINABALU – SMK Tamparuli received teaching and learning equipment worth of RM10,000 for winning the first runner-up in the 2014 Petrosains Science Show Competition.
It was all smiles as SMK Tamparuli Principal Kusdi Ribut received the items from PETRONAS Sabah and Labuan General Manager Julita Ontol recently in a prize-giving ceremony attended by Petrosains staff as well as teachers and students from the school.
SMK Tamparuli was represented in the competition by Orzee Ranie Januin, 17, and Charlene Lisa Gabu Johin, 18, whose eloquent performance on the science of pressure and friction impressed the judges.
The duo, who finished SPM last year, received RM5,000 in cash, a plaque, a certificate and Petrosains merchandise during the competition’s grand finale in Kuala Lumpur last October.
The school, located 35km from Kota Kinabalu, had listed a high-end desktop computer, a laptop computer, and a projector as their most desired teaching and learning equipment following their achievement at the competition organised by Petrosains – the PETRONAS Science Discovery Centre.
The annual science competition now in its sixth year, aims at promoting effective learning methods and sparking interest among students towards science. It requires participants to present a 15-minute scientific concept in entertaining and innovative ways.
Relating her experience, Orzee said it was a nerve-wrecking competition but countless of practice prior to the finale helped build their confidence.
Her friend Charlene said she entered the competition after seeing her two classmates taking part in the same contest in 2013.
“We thought it would be fun, so we joined. We never thought we would finish among the top three. We were only making sure we gave our best on stage,” she said.
For their teacher and advisor Ernest Kelly Subin, 31, he believed that the duo’s unique personalities made them stand out from the rest.
“I suppose, their Sabahan accents also helped!” he said.
Introduced in 2009, last year the competition attracted some 600 entries from secondary schools nationwide including those from private and Chinese medium schools.
SMK Tun Abdul Razak of Sarawak grabbed the champion title while the third placing went to Penang’s SMK Bukit Jambul.
Also present during the event were Director of ProgrammePetrosains Sdn Bhd, Kamaruddin Kassim and Head of Petrosains Playsmart Kota Kinabalu, Norhana Hamim. – SayangSabah