Student teacher team wins OGDC science competition

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ONE student and one teacher from St Andrew’s School emerged as winners yesterday after competing with other finalists for this year’s Oil and Gas Discovery Centre’s Science competition.

The pair received the $600 prize money for first place.

Teacher Jishamol Thomas and student Megha Santhosh Kumar competed with 10 other teams from various schools that included, St George’s School, St Andrew’s School, Maktab Sains, Sekolah Menengah Pengiran Jaya Abu Bakar, Sekolah Mengah Tanjong Maya, St John’s School, Sekolah Menengah Pengiran Anak Putri Rashidah.

In an interview yesterday, Jishamol, a science teacher who performs “science tricks” during her lessons, said that teaching science through performance works in attracting students to learn more about the subject.

“Through science shows we can enjoy and learn at the same time, it is very exciting for the students and the response from them is encouraging,” she said, adding that it was the first time for her in performing a science show on stage.

According to the press release issued by the organiser, OGDC, this year’s competition is made challenging by including teachers’ participation.

It said that the competition was aimed to increase teachers’ awareness on ways to teach science in an interactive manner as well as creating a mutual understanding between the teacher and student.

Present to give out the awards was Acting Director General of the Department of Education, Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Nawi.

The competition also invited Australian Science Showoffs master Dr Graham Walker who prepared participants during a two-day workshop prior to the competition and was among the judges during the overall competition which started on April 14.

Coming in second place was another team from St Andrew’s School, winning $300, while third place winners from St George’s School received $200.

The Brunei Times