Six bright secondary school students did Malaysia proud by winning one silver and five bronze medals at the 16th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2019 in Doha, Qatar this month
According to their website, the IJSO is among 12 recognised International Science Olympiads held annually for students who are under 16 years old.
It aims to promote the pursuit of excellence in scientific endeavours and encourage gifted students to further develop their talents in Natural Sciences.
The competition this year saw the participation of 409 secondary school students from over 70 countries, reported the Star. It was organised by Qatar's Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in collaboration with Qatar University.
The national team formation for the IJSO took approximately eight months in the making, starting with the Kancil Science Competition 2019 held in May this year
According to Majalah Sains, 104 gold medal winners from the preliminary Kancil Science Competition were then selected to compete in the Malaysian Junior Science Olympiad (MyJSO) that was held at the International Islamic Unversity of Malaysia (UIAM) on 20 July.
The six best participants from MyJSO were then selected by a panel of judges to represent the country at the IJSO in Qatar
The students were Amelia Jade Mae-Xian Lim (Wesley Methodist School), Chin Jia Yao (Chong Hwa Independent High School), Tay Yi Cong (Chong Hwa Independent High School), Haris Dani Erwin Dani (PERMATApintar National Gifted Centre), Imran Adham Azmin (PERMATApintar National Gifted Centre), and Lai Bo Wei (SMJK Chung Ling).
The 15-year-olds were accompanied by Anis Shahira Hadith and Nur Fadhilah Mokhrizal of Ardent Educational Consultants Sdn Bhd.
During the IJSO from 3 to 12 December, the participants went through many hours of assessment
They were required to participate in theoretical tests individually and practical tests in groups in all three core Science subjects, which were Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
It all paid off when Chin managed to nab a silver medal while the other five won bronze
"I was really proud of the Malaysian team because everyone won a medal," Lim told The Star, making national history with every participant managing to bring a medal home.
Last year, the first time Malaysia took part in the competition, only one out of six national representatives won a medal.