National Science Fair for Young Children Day 2

June 27th, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Continuing from Day 1 yesterday (BTW, the photos are a bit darker at time due to flash malfunction. The battery leaked).

The exhibition hall at GMI:

Today was the big day for the teams. Both students and teacher will know who will be the champions for 2011.

The day started early at 7am with breakfast, followed by preparation for the public viewing session at 10am. So, the booth were a scene of hectic activity as students and teachers toiled to fix torn papers, top up materials, arrange their presentation and so on. In between, there was a talk on the judging process for the teachers in a separate venue.

Head Judge Mr Shan:

Students testing their equipments:

At 10am, the doors opened for public to enter the exhibition. The public session was until 2.30pm. Personally, I think the crowd was much less as compared to the Selangor/KL region fair held last year (that’s the one I attended, thus able to compare). Maybe because the hall is wider? Or is the location of GMI, which is quite secluded and relatively unknown to the Indian community? Anyway, I estimate about 300 to 500 people attended this fair today (excluding the students and teachers).

Attending to visitors:

Explaining to visitors:


Visitors:


Interested visitors:

Explaining their work:

Volunteers too are impressed:

During the public session, few booths were set up at the entrance. Among there are MISI (Malaysian Indian Science Intellectuals) who promoted their educational magazine for kids named Thumbi, DHRRA Malaysia, Arivan Fan Club (where I was on duty), Grolier Books, Tamil Foundation and so on. A few games and quizzes were held for visitor to liven up the environment.

DHRRA Malaysia booth:

Arivan Fan Club booth:

Quiz participants:

Telescope section:

At 3.20pm, the closing ceremony started. VIP was Dato’ Dr Jeyaindran of MyNadi. The crowd numbered about 800 people (including participants).

Participants:

First was speech by project director Capt Dr Viknesvaran. He said that 300 schools took part in the School Fair Roadshow, while the Science Fair saw participation of 274 schools this year.

Capt Dr Vicky:

This was followed by MCEF’s Mr Satish Ramachandran’s speech. He gave some suggestions on how to improve the fair for the coming year, for example focusing on certain theme, and also to compile CDs of the projects.

MCEF director Mr Satish Ramachandran:

Next to speak was head judge Mr Shanmugam who  mentioned about the judging process. He also mentioned that some of the teams needs to improve in terms of understanding the fundamental principles.

Head Judge Mr Shan:

Media appreciation followed, after which all the teams were invited on stage to receive participation certificates along with tokens of appreciation.

Presentation of participation certificates and tokens of appreciation to all the students:

This was then followed by MyNadi’s Dato’ Dr Jeyaindran’s speech. He announced that the top 5 winners will be given a trip to Petrosains KLCC and also to the Perdana University in Serdang. He also sprang a surprise by announcing that the 1st place winners (and the teachers) will be taken on a tour to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore!!! This is in collaboration with Air Asia and Indian High Commission. This is definitely a wonderful surprise for the participants, and added more tension to the tense environment. Everyone was waiting for the announcement.

MyNadi chairman Dato’ Dr Jeyaindran:

Two new categories were introduced this time: Most Innovative Project and Best Conference Paper. The winners are as below:

Most Innovative Project

Winner: SJKT Kangkar Pulai

2nd: SJKT Ramakrishna

3rd: SJKT Convent Seremban

SJKT Ramakrishna:

SJKT Convent:

Best Conference Paper

Winner: SJKT Kangkar Pulai

2nd: SJKT Sg Tukang

3rd: SJKT Yahya Awal

SJKT Kangkar Pulai:

There was another speech (to add to the tension!), this time by MISI representative Mr Saminathan.

Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for. The winners announcement.

5th place went to SJKT Mukundan

4th place: SJKT Methodist Kapar

3rd place: SJKT Permas Jaya

2nd place: SJKT Tun Aminah

Their booth:

and champions are SJKT Ladang Lanandron!

Their booth:

For the first time, the top three places were swept by schools from the same state, Johor.

The ceremony ended at 5.50pm, and the crowd slowly trickled away.

 

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9 comments

  1. Leels says:

    What is a Arivan Fan Club. Can you give more information about this club ?

    • poobalan says:

      Arivan Fan Club is an initiative by the science fair organisers. If you watch Astro, you may have seen the cartoon character Arivan in the short videos talking about science stuff (how things work). The fan club aims to gather students from primary schools, not only during science fair, but throughout the year by organising various events like 3G (Go Green Generation), Little Inventors, Junior Gang and Senior Gang. Annual fee for joining the club is RM15 (Tamil school students) and RM20 (for other schools students). Members will also receive the quarterly Thumbi magazine produced by MISI.

      Its a new club, just launched on Science Fair.

      For more details and registration email nsfyc00@gmail.com or call 03-78778571

  2. Messhvina A/P Moorthy (student from SJK(T) Kangkar Pulai says:

    SIR I AM FROM SJKT KANGKAR PULAI. AS YOU PUBLISHED WE ARE THE CHAMPION IN BOTH MOST INNOVATIVE PROJECT AND CONFERENCE PAPER. AS ANNOUNCED THE CHAMPION WILL WENT TO BANGLORE SPACE CENTRE. SO WE ALSO CHAMPION RIGHT, SO PLEASE GIVE A CHANCE TO GO TO BANGLORE SPACE CENTRE. THE MONEY WE WILL COLLECT SIR. SO PLEASE GIVE A CHANCE TO OUR GROUP SIR. AS WE KNOW THE EXPERIMENT CAN CARRY OUT BY EVERYONE BUT ONLY THE SCIENTIST WILL INNOVATE SOMETHING. SO WE ARE THE FUTURE SCIENTIST. SO PLEASE GIVE A CHANCE.

    • poobalan says:

      hi messhvina,

      yes, you are the the winners in those two categories, but i think the sponsor was referring to the champions for the overall category.

      anyway, if you are interested, get your school to talk to science fair organisers. maybe they can help you to secure a place?

      • Messhvina A/P Moorthy (student from SJK(T) Kangkar Pulai says:

        @poobalan, sir, why u can’t talk to them? please try for our school. please sir, u are our only hope. please help for our school. because we are so tensed how we can’t get in the overall category because we win in 2 category right, how possible we can’t get in the overall category. if u have the organisers email address please leave a reply for me and the mark list of our school. Please sir! help for our little scientists of SJK(T)KANGKAR PULAI!

        • poobalan says:

          well, i’m just a volunteer who was helping out that day. its not for me to suggest or advice on the judgement process.

          you can contact them directly via email : nsfyc00@gmail.com

          visit their website : http://www.nsfyc.org

          No 1, Lorong 22/44A,
          Seksyen 22,
          46300 Petaling jaya,
          Selangor Darul Ehsan.

          +603-78778571
          +603-78778571

          Email: info@nsfyc.org

        • Vijendren K says:

          Dear Messhvina, Yes you’re also champion in NSFYC… All the participants of NSFYC are the champions for us. For your information, Overall category, innovative category and conference paper category are altogether different. In NSFYC, we do not get the cumulative marks for all this categories to get the overall champion. Overall category comes from your logbook, report book and presentation. For more information,you can contact us as in the contact below. Thank you and Congrats…

  3. Nandak kumar Arumugam says:

    hai sir, im from johor and im studying bsc in analytical and environmental chemistry at University Malaysia Terengganu. Im interested to join science fair as a crew.This year is my final year and will be finishing my studies on june. How i can become a crew. Pls email me if got any info so that i can move up to do my part as a indian student. Thanks sir..