National Science Challenge an initiative to enculture STI to young generation
KUALA LUMPUR, 31 March – The Government has initiated four measures to popularize science, technology, and innovation (STI) among Malaysians since 2013. One of the measures is to promote science and mathematics among school children to expose them to the importance of science, engineering and technology (SET) in daily life and encourage excellence in STI from a young age.
Today’s young generation is the key to our nation’s future as we head towards a high-income economy where a large supply of skilled labour is required. However, the Science Outlook 2015 reports that our ratio of Science to Non-Science students at higher education level stands at 20:80 in 2014, and this year itself only 15,000 students have chosen to further their studies in SET in universities. Thus, it is important to nurture the next crop with excellence in STI from a young age and encouraging them to pursue a career in the field.
Realising this need, the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) continues to conduct the National Science Challenge (NSC) as a way to nurture, promote, and enhance interest among school students in SET. It is an annual science competition targeted to Form 4 students nationwide where teams of three students will be challenged to complete science quizzes, team projects, research methodology and presentations. The challenge consists of four levels; Preliminary, State, Semi Final, and the Grand Final.
Since its humble beginning in 1983, NSC has received participation from thousands of school teams nationwide and the Grand Champions have come from various schools including public, private, and boarding schools.
This year, the three Runner-Up teams from the 2015 NSC Grand Final got a chance for a study trip to Japan in conjunction with the SAKURA Exchange Program in May 2016. The Grand Champions went for a study visit in Stockholm, Sweden and witnessed the annual Nobel Prize ceremony. The study trips have given them an eye-opening view on studying SET courses at higher education level, career opportunities in SET, and the chance to meet international scientific communities and their achievements.
The 2016 National Science Challenge will kick off its Preliminary Level on 18 April. All schools are encouraged to register their teams begining today as registration closes on 17 April. Registration and further information can be viewed at www.nsc.my
The 2016 National Science Challenge is organized by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in collaboration with ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia, and supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI), Ministry of Education (MOE), and National Geographic Channel. ASM has been organising NSC since 1999.
Press release provided by Academy of Sciences Malaysia.