UCSI promotes love for Science and Maths

CHONG Hwa Independent High School came back with a vengeance this year when both their teams emerged as top winners at UCSI's Science and Maths Quiz 2017.

The first team consisting of Takeda Shigenori, Tan Wei Xuan and Chan Tin Ping beat Penang's SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian team (Yau Yong Sheng, Tan Yi Chun and Lee Zong Yu) by three points walking away with the top prize of RM1,000 cash, certificates and full tuition fee bursaries. The first runner-up took home a cash prize of RM500, certificates and partial tuition fee bursaries.

Chong Hwa's second team (Ong Xin Jiong, Zhang Shi Hong and Lim Jun Hong) took home the third prize of RM300, certificates and partial tuition fee bursaries, while Penang Chinese Girls' High School (Oh Yong Xin, Ling Vee Nis and Lim Ai Lin), the only all-girl team had to settle for third runner-up.

The finals which saw the top four teams compete was intense and nerve-wrecking as competing teams tried to outdo each other in being the first to answer.

The top two teams were way ahead of the other two in terms of score. The Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths quiz questions were sometimes indirect in the form of application, and some were also tricky leaving even the audience stunned.

The quiz is one of UCSI's many initiatives to promote greater interest in Science and Maths, which form the foundation of all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.

In his welcome note which was read out by associate professor Ir Dr Jimmy Mok Vee Hoong who is UCSI University's deputy vice chancellor, Student Affairs & Alumni, vice chancellor and president Datuk Dr Khalid Yusoff urged the audience to adopt a culture of lifelong learning and love for knowledge.

He also highlighted the importance of promoting greater interest in Science and Maths amongst young people by engaging their natural curiosity and adopting non-traditional teaching and learning methods.