Students win six medals in S Korea

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SIX gifted science students have won six medals, including two gold medals at a regional competition in Changwon, South Korea.

The Special Education Unit said the students’ medal haul included two silver and two bronze at the Sixth ASEAN Plus Three Teacher Workshop and Student Camp for the Gifted in Science.

Ibrahim Hj Mohd Yussop from St Andrew’s School and Lim Ian Wei from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College each won a gold medal for the Best Presentation, the unit said in a statement yesterday.

During the workshop which took place from January 11-18, the 10 competing teams were expected to create innovative ideas and solutions related to green smart homes followed by a presentation showcasing the team’s conclusion and ideas on the last day.

“Cooperation and communication within the mixed-nation groups were considered the most difficult obstacle throughout the camp due to the language barrier when creating the presentation,” Ibrahim was quoted as saying in the press release.

“This also made some form of imbalance because some teams had students very skilled in English whereas some did not. Another challenge was agreement as ideas were not always guaranteed to be accepted into the team presentation,” he added.

Other participants hailed from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Taiwan and South Korea.

According to the statement, the students were exposed to diverse experiments, such as making new light emitting tools with high brightness luminescent pigment and thermo-chromic capsule, and lectures on various topics, such as how the demand of jobs would change in future.

The presentation was judged and awards were given based on the quality of the presentation and its possibility to implement them.

Ibrahim was also part of the overall best group and received one of the friendship awards during the camp.

Meanwhile, Pengiran Nur’ Azeezah Pengiran Anak Hj Mohd Al-Mokhtar from Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School and Aisyah Farhana Singpa @ Abdul Majid from the Science College managed to secure silver medals.

Bronze medals were awarded to Muhammad Afif Ruzaini Muhammad Sofian from Sekolah Menengah Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha and Yura Mohammed Adibillah Saifulrizal from Jerudong International School.

The students were trained by the Special Education Unit and two teachers, Huzaimi Hj Abdul Kassim from the Sports School and Adlina Rahayu Hj Zaini from Sayyidina Hasan Secondary School.

Teachers were involved in the workshop on teaching methods and skills for the gifted in Science, which focus on developing 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication as well as research skills.

The statement added that the workshop aimed to sharpen the students’ research abilities and improve creativity in the field of science and technology.

The Brunei Times