2 gifted students attend Int’l Science Forum in Singapore

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TWO academically gifted students left for Singapore yesterday to join 150 youths from other countries at the Eighth International Science Youth Forum.

Muhd Nur Aiman Hj Roslan from Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar Secondary School and Nurul Atiqah Hj Abu Bakar from Meragang Sixth Form Centre were selected to participate in the forum.

The Special Education Unit said the students were first nominated by their respective schools before they were required to conduct presentations and interviewed for the final screening.

Speaking prior to leaving at the Brunei International Airport, Muhd Nur Aiman said the forum would be a great opportunity for him to gain exposure and experience, noting that Bruneians “lack exposure to the world and vice versa”.

“Some countries would not know Brunei or the people. During the forum, there will be a cultural exhibition where we (all student delegates) will get the chance to share our cultures and ways of life,” said the 15-year-old.

Muhd Nur Aiman also said he was excited to meet the Nobel laureates who will be speaking at the forum.

This year, Nobel laureates include Sir Anthony James Leggett, Professor John Robin Warren and Sir Tim Hunt who are all experts in the field of science.

The student added that he wished to learn from the Nobel laureates and ask them about their ups and downs they faced during their research.

“Since they are at the forefront of research, we young scientists can learn from them ways in achieving success,” he said.

Nurul Atiqah, who is attending the forum for a second time, said she was “shocked” with the intelligence level of students from other countries at the forum.

“Many of the students were younger than me, and I was shocked as to how smart they were. It was like being an art student attending a science lecture – I did not understand what they were saying,” Nurul Atiqah said.

The 17-year-old student said she hopes to present a science poster on her research which she had worked on about anti-fungal properties.

She went on to say that she also hopes to make friends who have similar interests.

Mariana Hj Ibrahim, a Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College teacher, will accompany the students during the forum from January 17-21.

Mariana said she will present her research on differentiation techniques while teaching students – a technique that groups students according to their level of capabilities.

The Chemistry teacher said the forum will also be a learning opportunity for teachers as many international experts will share their experiences.

The Brunei Times