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Experience wonders of science at dynamic hub

Seria Energy Lab (SEL) has always been acting as a dynamic hub for learning, exploration, and engagement with the wonders of science, said Head of SEL Dr Nur Karnina binti Karim.

She made these comments in an opening speech at SEL’s Appreciation Award ceremony celebrating milestones achieved in 2023, at the Grand Ballroom of V-Plaza Hotel on Wednesday.

Dr Nur Karnina said, “It is a platform where hands-on, interactive exhibitions and educational programmes are made accessible and engaging for people of all ages and backgrounds.”

The award ceremony began with an appreciation showcase highlighting the efforts and initiatives by the volunteers of the centre’s most popular school holiday programme titled ‘Full STEAM Ahead’. Alongside the programme, the International Science Drama Competition (ISDC) 2023 cast members also received appreciation certificates for their achievements in a competition in Bangkok, Thailand in September 2023.

The Bruneian team was awarded fourth place in the open category and also the Best Actor Award.

The event followed with the announcement of winners of the Women in Science Competition 2023 – trio from the Belait Sixth Form Centre (PTEB) – Ashley Chung Jia Hui, Liew Yi Xuan and Lau Jia Wen. Their project ‘Mon-ee’ wowed the judges and netted a BND600 cash prize, certificates of achievement, a trophy, as well as being appointed as SEL’s new ambassadors.

Second-place winners Nur Syahidah Athirah binti Mohd Sani, Nur Iwani Taqiah binti Haji Abdul Taif and Nur Amarina Balqish binti Azman of Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College with their project titled ‘Kastah!’ were awarded BND400 and certificates of achievement.

The third-place winners, the team from Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre (PTES) comprising Natasya Emeralda Leong binti Mohammad Haziman, Grizabella Tonny and Nur Hamizah Syazwina binti Haji Zul Amali with their project ‘The Youth Empowerment Project’ won BND300 and certificates of achievement.

Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin was the guest of honour.

The ceremony concluded with Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd Communications and External Affairs Manager Suriani binti Garip presenting awards to SEL’s Top Three Outstanding Employees. – Daniel Lim

ABOVE & BELOW: Head of Seria Energy Lab Dr Nur Karnina binti Karim delivers her speech; and a group photo of the top performing teams in the Women in Science competition. PHOTO: DANIEL LIM