Following the Preliminary Level Online Quiz held from 25 May to 1 June 2018, the National Science Challenge (NSC) is currently organising its state level quizzes throughout July nationwide.
This year, two new elements have been introduced to the state level competition. The first was the introduction of Wild Card teams that comprise three individual top scorers from each state in the preliminary level quiz. A JPN-appointed mentor teacher will offer guidance and assistance for the students forming the Wild Card teams. These teams will compete as one of the top five in their respective State Level Quizzes, and have equal opportunities to move on to the Semi Final and Grand Final of NSC.
The second element to be introduced is a pitching session. Aside from the Quiz portion that tests the students’ academic knowledge, the Pitching Session was introduced to test the students’ presentation and communication skills in STEM subjects. Prior to the competition, the competing teams were given a list of 20 STEM-related questions, where they need to choose one to be presented in a three-minute presentation.
Depending on the host venue of the State Level Quizzes, there will be customised side programmes such as science exhibitions and science talks by invited experts from the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM).
The winners of the NSC State Level Quizzes will represent their respective states at the Semi Final Science Camp that will be held in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor.