600 students spellbound by science

Published by Afterschool.my on Jun 30, 2016, 02:47 pm

Students discover the wonders and mystery of science via the IMU Science Discovery Challenge and Chemistry Fiesta.

Ahmed Arief Yusof, Form 5 student of SM Teknik Kuala Lumpur getting his hands dirty during the pharmaceutical chemistry demonstration at the IMU Science Discovery Challenge: Chemistry Fiesta.

Students from various secondary schools and pre-university programmes around Malaysia took part in the IMU Science Discovery 2016 event recently, organised by International Medical University (IMU) in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry (IKM), Jabatan Kimia Malaysia, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Pusat Sains Negara, Lembaga Getah Malaysia, Cancer Research Malaysia and Institute for Medical Research (IMR).

With the focus being on 'Chemistry', the annual IMU Science Discovery Challenge provided students with an exciting opportunity to learn more about science and explore careers in health sciences, in an informal, engaging and stimulating manner. A total of 200 teams of three students each were challenged on their knowledge of Chemistry, in line with this year’s theme, ‘Chemistry Advancing Knowledge, Improving Lives’.

Mohd Firdhaus Bin Mohd Kamal, Form 5 student of SMK Tinggi Klang doing the dye separation in food and cosmetic experiment under the supervision of Dr. Cheong Kok Whye, Lecturer, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, IMU.

Visitors eagerly explored the various activities organised throughout the day, including meeting with industry experts, watching a documentary screening, and participating in the many interactive workshops. Students also had the unique opportunity to “get their hands dirty” in activities such as making juice-filled caviar and creams, making home-made sanitiser, toothpaste and deodorant, as well as trying to separate dyes in food and cosmetics.

One of the highlights of the event was the Poster Competition, which saw 58 participants put their understanding of chemistry and creative skills to the test. The winning poster with the theme “Chemistry Advancing Knowledge, Improving Lives” by Attika Afroz from MAZ International School walked away with RM350 while the second prize winner, Keenen Khy Vern Ravindran from Regent International School and third prize winner, Cheng Jia Teck from SMJK Confucian took home RM200 and RM100 respectively.

Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Augustine S.H. Ong, President of Malaysian Oil Scientists' & Technologists' Association (MOSTA) spoke about his lifetime achievement as a scientist and the importance of chemistry in our daily lives during the ‘Future Direction of Chemistry in Malaysia’ forum.

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