Six students to compete in Science Odyssey in Philippines

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SIX gifted students will be representing Brunei in the 5th ASEAN Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey (APTJSO) held at the University of the Philippines Los Banos College from June 12 to 19.

APTJSO is an annual competition that targets gifted students between the ages of 13 to 15 to compete in the demonstration of Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratory skills. The theme for this year’s competition is “Climate Change and the Rainforest”.

Brunei will be represented by students from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains), Jerudong International School (JIS), Katok Secondary School and International School of Brunei (ISB).

Norhidanajibah Tompal, one of two education officers who is travelling with the students, said that the students have been going through training intensively for the past four weeks including receiving help from the Faculty of Science in Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

She added that students have shown improvement during their preparation as they are now more confident and open when presenting their ideas. She hoped that the students continue to grow and gain more knowledge from the competition that would help them in their future.

Teo Siang Jun, a lower sixth form student from Maktab Sains said that he was looking forward to meet people from different countries to learn and share information together.

“I feel really excited and yet slightly nervous because I want to do my best so that our country can win medals, preferably gold,” he added.

Similarly, Khairul Ikhwan Abd Rahman from Katok Secondary School said that he was excited but wasn’t sure what to expect as this will be his first time travelling to a different country to compete in a contest.

Meanwhile, Noor Imanina Hj Ahmad Nizam from Jerudong International School said that she was proud that she was selected for the competition and was confident that they will do well as her team has done a lot of practice prior to their departure.

“I hope to gain learning experience, improve my social skill and learn about other people’s culture. I also want to get more information on the tropical rainforest because it’s a really big issue today and I want to understand and be more aware (of the situation),” she added.

A total of 26 teams from countries such as Laos, China and Sweden will be competing in three different categories, a poster presentation, laboratory skill assessment and project pitching.

The objective of the competition is to encourage and challenge gifted science students to excel in the field of Science and Technology and motivate them to pursue careers in the field.

It also aims to stimulate students’ intellectual curiousity through various experiences and experiments, and to provide opportunities for students to foster friendships and networking among the different countries.

The competition this year is hosted by the Science Education Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Philippines in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Los Banos and the ASEAN+3 Centre for the gifted in Science.

The Brunei Times