UCSI Sarawak hopes to extend annual science and maths quiz state-wide
UCSI University Sarawak Campus (UCSI Sarawak) has great aspirations to extend the reach of its science and math quiz state-wide.
Organised by UCSI Sarawak’s Centre for Pre-U Studies (CPU), the university’s second annual Science and Maths Quiz 2016 saw 138 form 4 and 5 students from 17 schools, forming 46 teams taking part in this event headed by project chairperson, Li Joon Teck.
Along with the university staff, 32 students from CPU and the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management (FHTM) were also involved in organising the event, from planning the schedule, preparing the quiz questions, and raising the sponsors to preparing the venue and refreshments.
The event was officiated by Irene Foo, the CPU Programme Coordinator of UCSI Sarawak.
“I was very encouraged to receive such an overwhelming response to this event. We even had to decline some teams since we reached capacity. Hopefully by next year, with the bigger campus, we can accommodate more participants,” she said.
“UCSI University Centre for Pre-U Studies is a centre of choice for pre-u studies where students learn about university life before they start their degree programmes. Through this event we hope to promote not only Science & Maths related knowledge but also to foster a closer relationship with schools.”
The first round of the quiz involved a compulsory, individually administered multiple choice test.
After compiling all the results for each team, the following teams succeeded in proceeding to the second round of the competition (not in order of scores): Team 7 SMK Jalan Arang, Team 13 St Joseph Private School, Team 16 Chung Hua MS No. 1, Team 28 SMK Lake, Team 31 SMK Green Road, Team 42 SM Lodge, Team 43 SM Lodge, and Team 44 SM Lodge.
CPU students and alumni conducted a teambuilding activity entitled Kings and Queens with the participating secondary school students while waiting for the first round results. Through this activity, the participants learned to work effectively together in teams. The first, second and third place winners received medals, hampers and Manhattan Fish Market (MFM) vouchers.
After three rounds of rapid-fire questions, three teams emerged as the finalists. The champions were Muhamad Mirza Azri Dzulzalani, Ronald Branie Roland Sagah, and Theng Jing Xuan from Team 31 SMK Green Road; while first runners-up were Caleb Thian Jia Le, Nathan Lee Jia Neng and Sharon Law Lifeng from Team 16 Chung Hua Middle School No. 1; and second runners-up were Lau Sau Jee, Lim Yee Kwong and Sushil Pubalan from Team 13 St Joseph’s Private School.
During the event, Agnes Toner, a CPU lecturer and UCSI in-house trainer conducted an Emotional Intelligence Workshop for teachers whose schools were represented in the science and maths quiz.
They found the topic on emotional intelligence very practical and useful for them with regard to their personal and professional development. Many teachers appreciated the time and effort extended to them through the workshop.
After the competition, the champions, first runners-up and second runners-up were then presented with their cash prizes and mock cheques, followed by a group photo session.
The champions received RM 1,000 in cash and a bursary of RM 30,000; while first runners-up received RM 500. in cash and a bursary of RM 15,000 and the second runners-up received RM 300 in cash and a bursary of RM 9,000.
When asked to comment about this event, Li stated, “The UCSI Science and Maths Quiz is a must join annual event. Besides the prizes (Bursary & Cash), students also take part in a great new experience, make new friends and have a lot of fun as well!”
He went on to say, “On behalf of UCSI Sarawak Campus CPU, I want to say thank you so much to all teachers, students and sponsors for making Science & Maths Quiz 2016 such a success. See you next year!”
The Centre for Pre-U Studies (CPU) UCSI University Sarawak Campus Foundation Studies Programme in Science is a perfect first step for students who are keen on furthering their studies in Medicine and Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Architecture, Engineering, Social Sciences and Applied Science programmes.
The September intake is now open for registration. Students who are interested in registering are reminded to bring along their academic transcripts or result slips for enrolment. For further information, please call 082-455255 or logon to the UCSI Sarawak Campus Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ucsisarawak.
The Science and Maths Quiz 2016 was sponsored by MFM, the Kuching Water Board, Grand Margherita Hotel and Riverside Majestic Hotel.