THE Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) Women in Science Preliminary round concluded, with the selection of the top three students yesterday. This round saw the involvement of 10 participants aged 13-17 from schools nationwide.
The top three spots were filled by Ashley Liew Liu Wen from Rimba II Secondary School, Keziahjoy Naval Calimlim from St Angela’s School and Arinah Hadirah from Tanjong Maya Secondary School. The Miss Congeniality Award was bagged by Ampuan Amirah Farahiyah binti Ampuan Haji Mohamad from St Angela’s School.
The trio will have three months to organise their projects to compete for the OGDC Woman in Science title for 2019.
The Women in Science competition’s main aim is to further enhance Brunei’s female students’ involvement in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education fields, and encouraging students to become more aware of issues currently faced by the country.
The preliminary round was held at Tutong Sixth Form Centre (PTET). The top 10 contestants were selected based on their outstanding performances during the Women in Science Bootcamp in March.
The preliminary round saw the 10 students battling it out for one of the top three positions. Students who secured a spot in the top three are then granted the Women in Science Project Fund to start their proposed projects.
The students were required to deliver a five-minute presentation on their proposed project. Themes for their projects included environment, health, education, business and youth. They were evaluated on their intellect, project management skills and creativity.
The session concluded with a question and answer session on real world issues, testing their ability to answer questions under pressure. This highlighted how aware they are of current issues the nation faces.
The judges were Suriani binti Garip from Corporate External Affairs of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Educational Officer of Brunei Darussalam Teacher Academy Hajah Rosinah binti Sabli, Universiti Teknologi Brunei lecturer Dr Sharina binti Haji Yunus and Head of Environment at Brunei Liqueified Natural Gas (Brunei LNG) Allysa Koh. Science communicator of OGDC Nurul Fathien binti Mohd Amirul Hamdie was head judge.
Officials from the Ministry of Education, Universiti Teknologi Brunei, BSP Sdn Bhd, Livewire Brunei, as well as speakers from Brunei’s Gavel Club, families and friends also attended.