Women in Science competition concludes with awards presentation

Daniel Lim

Arinah Hadirah binti Sharom from Tanjong Maya Secondary School (SMTM), Tutong with her project titled ‘Healthy Eating Habits’ was crowned winner of the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre’s (OGDC) Women in Science (WIS) 2019 Competition.

The project encourages her school community to consume healthy food and increase water intake.

Ashley Liew Lui Wen from Rimba II Secondary School with her project ‘Redeeming the Venice of the East’ was selected as the first runner up and Keziahjoy Naval Calimlim with her project ‘Exploration Joy’ was the second runner up.

‘Redeeming the Venice of the East’ focussed on a research project on Kampong Ayer’s water condition and experimentation on making plastic using other organic alternatives and ‘Exploration Joy’ catered to primary students learning mathematics using fun and unconventional approaches.

The prize presentation ceremony was held at V Plaza Grand Ballroom, Kuala Belait yesterday. Representatives from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), principals, teachers and participants from the WIS 2019 competition and their guardians were present.

The WIS competition represents one of OGDC’s initiatives to encourage more young women of Brunei Darussalam to be aware of and be constantly ready to face challenges of current global issues.

ABOVE & BELOW: OGDC Head Nur Karnina binti Karim presents the prize to Arinah Hadirah binti Sharom; and OGDC representative presents Special Recognition Award to Nuraziah Hakimah binti Muhammad Aidil Sufian. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM

It was also an opportunity for the centre to enhance their skills of leadership, project management and innovation even at a young age of 13 to 17 years, as these skills are regarded by the centre to be in exceptionally high in demand for today’s generation.

This year, the competition saw several successful projects being implemented; with trending themes such as education, environment and healthy living being showcased by the participants.

The ceremony began with a speech by OGDC Head Nur Karnina binti Karim where she mentioned that the competition was held to inspire female students to be the very best version of they are and to empower the students.

“The competition served as a platform where students were able to apply what they learnt at school and enhance their exposure to current global issues,” she noted.

Nur Karnina also noted that the competition also aims to ensure that the students were able to develop a long-term understanding of the issue that the participants had at hand and aimed to solve; and that, “it [the competition] was a very proud moment for us as the centre, to provide a platform for the students to showcase their talents and passion”.

The winners received a trophy and a cash prize. The first place winner was also given the opportunity to take on the role as the OGDC’s Woman Ambassador.

The OGDC had also prepared a special Recognition Award for one participant, which was an expression of appreciation due to her continuous commitment in ensuring that her project proposed was still implemented despite not getting the OGDC grant.

The recipient of the WIS Recognition Award was Nuraziah Hakimah binti Muhammad Aidil Sufian from Mahad Islam Brunei with her ‘Plastic Free Project’ which consisted of conducting activities such as building their own plastic furniture and hosting the school’s eco market to strengthen public awareness on the good and harm from utilising plastic products.

The ceremony concluded with performances by two of the top 10 WIS participants – Ampuan Amirah Farahiyah binti Ampuan Haji Mohammad from St Angela’s School and Angginta Elainy Fausta Napitulupu from St James’ School.