KUALA LUMPUR: SJK(T) Ladang Sungai Biong is a tiny school in a rubber estate near Sauk, Perak, with only 10 pupils and little money. Yet, it has emerged as champion of the state Science Fair for Young Children (SFYC) for two years.The school also won in the conference paper category at the national-level science fair, which ended yesterday.
Headmistress J. Gnanamoney credits the dedication of her seven teachers and her pupils’ creativity for the school’s success. “The students have brilliant ideas and quickly learn what their teachers teach them,” Gnanamoney said at the German-Malaysian Institute here, where the three-day fair was held. Science teacher C. Kavidah said the children used cheap and easily available material like sponge, modelling clay, oil paper and lidi sticks to make the shuttlecocks for their science project.
Ten-year-old pupil M. Kaviarasu demonstrated the team’s experiment to show how weight affected the flight of various sizes of shuttlecocks, launching these with a contraption assembled from a few pieces of wood, a badminton racquet and springs.