Malaysian Science Quiz winners visit TARRC
Malaysian Science Quiz winners visit TARRC

The six winning students in TARRC's ReceptionOn Thursday 1st December TARRC was pleased to welcome representatives from The Academy of Sciences Malaysia, the Ministry of Education and six Malaysian students on a study visit to London. The study visit was part of a grand prize for the winners of the DUMEX National Science Quiz and Science Project 2005 held annually in Malaysia for primary school students. The delegation visit to the UK, headed by Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz S. A. Kadir FASc, Chairman of the Organising Committee and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, was from 27th November – 2nd December 2005 and consisted of tours of the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, Kew Gardens and the London Planetarium amongst others.

The six Science Quiz and Science Project winners were greeted at TARRC by Dr Stuart Cook and given an introductory talk on rubber. Led by Dr Cook the students start their tour of the laboratoriesThis included the origins of rubber, its interesting history and its many uses and applications. Dr Cook also provided demonstrations on the influences of heat, cold and friction has on the different types of rubber as well as interactive experiments with the students. They were then given a tour of the laboratories and shown various demonstrations in Engineering by Dr Keith Fuller, Microscopy by Katherine Lawrence and Robin Davies and in the Mill Room by Paul Gladwin.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary for The Academy of Sciences Malaysia but only the second year for the Science Quiz and Science Project competition. Last years’ winning prize was a trip to Australia. The prize also consists of a cheque for the students’ school and a Certificate of Participation.

Paul Gladwin describes the workings of a MillThe DUMEX National Science Quiz and Science Project is hoped to raise the standard and the quality of science competitions as well as to set the benchmark to become the first and foremost program to look forward to in terms of science competition among young school children. This competition is proving an effective way to stimulate interest in science amongst young scholars through a fun and creative way. This certainly appears to be working well if the attitude of the students who visited TARRC is anything to go by; they were attentive and interested during the briefing given by Dr Cook and had many questions for him and other TARRC officers during the lab tour. Dr Cook demonstrates how rubber bounces with the help of one of the Malaysian studentsMs Seetha Ramasamy, Scientific Officer, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia, who accompanied the delegation on the visit reported that the children had greatly enjoyed their visit to the UK and TARRC. It is certain that these bright children are among many young scientists in Malaysia who will grow up to contribute to the development of the nation and also towards achieving the national mission, Vision 2020.

This years’ six winning students were:

Josiah Chhoa Tsun Heng, Jed Axel Tong Pui Tshun, Raymond Kong Zhen Hui from Kota Kinabalu, SABAH and Tan Qin Ee, Tan Hong Kit, Goh Chih-Yang from Ipoh, PERAK.

Take a look at their website if you would like to know more about The Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

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Friday 16th December 2005