Understanding science through conserving energy
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BERAKAS Secondary School celebrated Energy Day yesterday by showcasing school projects made by students to promote awareness on energy conversation.
Present as guest of honour at the event was Head of Sustainable Energy Division at the Prime Minister’s Office, Abdul Salam Hj Abdul Wahab.
The school’s Deputy Principal (Administration), Sabri Mohamed Salleh, in his welcoming remarks, highlighted the active role played by the Energy Club in the school, which involved maintaining the air conditioning to a 23 degree Celsius temperature.
“It’s been imperative to see students’ involvement in model making by using recycle materials, book mark, video making competitions conducted to mark Energy Day Celebrations of 2014,” said Sabri.
One of the club members, Year 10 student Md Faiziuddin Ting Md Firdauz, who presented a speech titled “Technology in Energy Saving”, stressed on the importance of using solar window film which deflected 70 per cent of sunlight from entering the building.
“The solar window film will only allow 30 per cent of sunlight which made the temperature in the building cooler,” said the 15-year-old.
Another Year 10 student, Md Arif Umar Elyas, talked about the magnitude of recycling in everyday life during his group’s presentation.
“Our project focuses on making 3D poster, bottles and boxes from recycling products to signify the importance of conserving energy. It took us more than two weeks to finish the project,” said the 16-year-old, adding that the project gave him a better understanding on how science worked.
Md Arif’s science teacher, Maralina Hj Matnoor, who also headed the project, spoke about the benefit of being involved in science projects, saying that it develops students’ creativity.
“I encourage them to use waste products and turned it into something creative.
“Some students managed to create portraits by using old newspaper and empty bottles into bird nests,” said Maralina, who has been teaching at the school for eight years.
Maralina said that students should be more aware of their surroundings in order to have a better understanding of science.
“In a way, the science project would not only encourage students to use the recycling bins available in the school compound, but also to add more knowledge about science to prepare them for upcoming examinations,” said Maralina.
According to Energy Club Coordinator, Hjh Sharmila Fathima Mohamed, the students worked on their projects once a week, as to not disturb lessons.
“There are 25 participant students from Science and Energy Clubs who do their projects once a week. They do not make their projects during learning time. They are only doing the project during school holidays,” Hjh Sharmila said in an interview.
The Brunei Times