PTET science event to become annual

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TUTONG Sixth Form Centre’s (PTET) Youth Science Symposium will become an annual event, following the conclusion of its second edition yesterday.

PTET Head of Science Bryan David Haysum told The Brunei Times that the Science Department did not have trouble getting students to participate in the forum.

“(Participation in the forum) is purely voluntary and students are very keen – we’ve never had a problem to try and instil the need in the students to do a bit of extra work, they are very enthusiastic and seem quite happy to do it themselves,” he said.

Haysum said students could benefit from participating in symposiums and forums, particularly those that allowed them a chance to do background research on any topic they were interested in.

“I think (such participation) is good for the students because it gives them a chance to sit down, do a bit of research and this is the type of thing they’ll be expected to do after they finish their A-levels and go off to university.

“They’re very much left to their own devices, so I think it’s a very useful thing,” he said.

Five Year 13 students delivered presentations in this year’s Youth Science Symposium, which carried the theme “How Science Solves Global Challenges”.

Teo Zhi Perng was named best presenter, followed by Md Amirul Maidin and Maimunah Fa’izun Hj Abdul Rahman as the first and second runners-up respectively.

The group was adjudicated by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)’s Faculty of Science members Associate Professor Dr David John Marshall, Dr Mohammad Hilni Harun Sani and Dr James Robert Dennings. PTET organised its first Youth Science Symposium last year.

The Brunei Times