Cultivating Success For Malaysian Youth In The International Science Drama Competition 2017

 
Group photo of participants and facilitators in the KDU’s SCCA Drama Boot Camp 2017. Participants of KDU’s SCCA Drama Boot Camp 2017 practicing for the actual competition.
  
The winning team of SK Bandar Baru Bangi in action before qualifying for the grand finals of the International Science Drama Competition 2017 in Singapore.  
Moving forward, KDU’s School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) has set its course to become one of the finest consultancy provider for juniors in the entertainment industry through commercial project to incubate new talents and develop successful graduates to venture further into the promising entertainment arts industry. Paving their way to attain the objective, SCCA in partnership with Petrosains and several other learning institutes such as EduNation, and the Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI), organised the Malaysian Finals of the International Science Drama Competition 2017 at the Petrosains Discovery Centre, Kuala Lumpur on 13 May 2017. The competition, which was opened to primary school students, was set to offer a great opportunity for the younger generation to showcase their talents and compete at an international level.

Prior to the actual competition, SCCA hosted a one-day drama boot-camp which was held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of KDU University College, which involved the top 10 selected primary schools across Malaysia. KDU Diploma in Entertainment Arts students helped facilitate this boot-camp together with the Programme Leader (Diploma in Entertainment Arts), John Stephen a/l Moses. Each school was mentored by a designated Diploma in Entertainment Arts student to provide them with special attention and care throughout the camp. The aim of the boot camp was to enrich the students with the drama components, empowering them and boosting their confidence level to perform on stage. The activities that were carried out for the science drama boot camp were task-oriented and hands on, making it a fun, interesting and interactive approach to guide the participants in preparation for ISDC 2017 Finals in Singapore.

The Malaysian Finals of the competition was held to determine the Malaysian representatives for the International Level of the competition at the Science Centre (Annexe Hall 1) Singapore on 3 June 2017. The top 3 teams who will represent Malaysia at Science Centre Singapore were selected fastidiously, where KDU’s Acting Head of School of Communication and Creative Arts, Mr Loo Chong Hang was invited as one of the judges during the Malaysian Finals.

The top 3 teams were Dragon Ranger from SK Bandar Baru Bangi, who took home the first place prize of RM1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Singapore with their performance ‘Creatures From The Depth’, second place was team Matrix Private School from Matrix Private School (Performance - The Missing Malayan Tiger) and in third place Team from SK Pekan Nenas, Johor (Performance - Microbes: The Good And The Bad Side’s).

On 3 June 2017, the Malaysian teams competed against the other international finalists during the Grand Finals in Singapore.

All the efforts, commitment and sacrifices made were fruitful as our Malaysian representatives managed to secure several outstanding achievements in the grand finals, with  Team Dragon Rangers from SK Bandar Baru Bangi winning the second place, with a cash prize of SGD400, in the primary school category, and WITH SK Bandar Baru Bangi students, Cahaya Kaseh and Lyra Kosai, bagging two Outstanding Performers. Securing the top spots in an international level competition, and attaining not one but two Outstanding Performers Awards, was a wonderful moment but more importantly, it is an achievement that adds to the long list of accomplishments in the Malaysian history. It is also a solid traction for KDU’s SCCA success in realising its objective to become one of the finest consultancy providers for juniors in the entertainment industry in Malaysia.