TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Participation

Who can participate?

All students between Form 1 – Form 3 of lower secondary schools (under the purview of the Ministry of Education Malaysia) can take part in this competition.

Private schools and Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) are ineligible to participate in the competition. 

The Top 5 team finalists from last year’s School Lab 2016 are ineligible to participate in School Lab 2017. However, their schools are still able to participate in School Lab 2017 by sending different teams. 

How can students participate?

You will have to form a team of 2 – 5 members with your classmates or schoolmates from other classes (Form 1 – 3), name your team and select a STEM topic.

To help your team prepare the video, please view the video tutorial here

With your teacher’s assistance, visit the British Council Malaysia website to complete and submit the registration form and video, together with the consent forms. 

How many members can each team have?

Each team should consist of 2 – 5 students. Once the team is registered, you are not allowed to change your team members nor your appointed teacher.

How many teams can participate from each school?

There is no limit on the number of teams that can be represented by one school. 

However, each team is allowed to submit one video only. 

What is the role of the teacher?

The teacher is required to complete and submit the registration form for the team(s), and plays a supportive role. 

The teacher shall be the main contact person and is required to be present with the team(s) at all times throughout the competition. 

Is there a hashtag for this competition?

Yes, you could use hashtag #SchoolLabMY when you upload your video on Youtube. You could also use the hashtag when you talk about School Lab on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

STEM Topic Specifications

What topics can we choose?

You can choose any STEM topic (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), with the help of your teacher.

Can you give some examples?

What is a cell? Why is the sky blue? Why do earthquakes take place? Why does chocolate give us energy? What exactly are black holes?

What are the effects of haze? What are the dangers of a hurricane? How does logarithm allow you to do complex mathematics easily?  

Video Specifications

How should the video be recorded?

The video must be recorded in one continuous shot. Editing is not allowed.

The video concept must be of an original idea. Any form of plagiarism will result in the team to be disqualified from the competition. 

Can we show an experiment in our video?

You can record one or more experiments (which you yourselves must carry out) in your video. Please ensure that you follow safety procedures.

You can also include a theatrical sketch or a poem etc.

Can we use PowerPoint in our video?

PowerPoint or text of any kind is not allowed in the video. This means no pictographs, diagrams, notes or drawings.

Background music is also not allowed.

You should present your ideas in an original, entertaining and inventive way.

What language should the video be in? Ηοw long should it be?

The video should be in either Bahasa Melayu or English (and not both languages in a video) and it should last 3–5 minutes.

Registration, Video and Consent Forms Submission

How do we register?

The teacher must first complete the team’s registration form

How do we submit the video?

The teacher must insert the video link (hosted on YouTube only) as indicated on the online registration form. The teacher must ensure that the video link is working well.

Teams who fail to provide a YouTube video link will be disqualified.

The organiser retains the copyright of all submitted videos and reserves the right to use them for marketing purposes. 

How do we submit the consent forms?

After your team has registered and submitted the video link, the completed consent forms from school principal, teacher and students’ parents must be emailed immediately (within the same day) to schoollab@britishcouncil.org.my

Teams who fail to register and submit the video link and consent forms within the same day will be disqualified. Teams with incomplete consent forms will also be disqualified. 

When is the deadline to register and submit the video and consent forms?

The registration, video link and consent forms must be submitted by 23:59, Thursday 2 March 2017.

Any late submissions will not be entertained. 

Shortlisting Process

How will the videos be shortlisted?

The videos must first fulfil the stated video specifications.

The presentations will be judged on their content, clarity, creativity and charisma. They should also be scientifically accurate, interesting and easily understood by the audience.

The shortlisting of the videos will be graded by a panel of judges at two stages: State Level and National Level.

State Level (First round of Shortlisting)

A maximum of 8 teams from each state will be selected to present their STEM topic ‘live’ at State Level. The selected teams must present the same STEM topic (as their submitted videos) during the ‘live’ presentation at State Level.  

Your team’s ‘live’ presentation must be in either Bahasa Melayu or English (and not both languages). Each team member must play an active role and participate in the presentation. The presentation should be between 3 and 5 minutes.

Props (including costumes) are allowed as long as they can be carried on stage by the team.

Flammable materials are not allowed on stage.

The ‘live’ presentation will be judged using the same criteria (content, clarity, creativity and charisma). The presentation should also be scientifically accurate, interesting and easily understood by the audience.

The panel of judges may pose some questions to the teams at the end of their respective ‘live’ presentations.

At the end of the State Level ‘live’ presentation, three selected teams (from each state) will proceed to the next stage of competition. 

National Level (Second round of Shortlisting)

At the second round of shortlisting, 5 teams (out of 48 teams) will then be chosen (based on their submitted videos) to advance to the final round of competition on 6 May 2017 in Kuala Lumpur where they will present their STEM topic ‘live’ in front of the judges and the audience.

The 5 teams’ videos will be accessible on British Council Malaysia’s YouTube account

Final Round of Competition - What happens next?

Virtual Mentoring

In preparation for the final round of competition (the ‘live’ presentation), the Top 5 teams will be assigned one mentor from the FameLab Malaysia Alumni.  Each team will be given tips by the mentors on ways to improve their presentation.

The virtual mentoring will take place between 27 March 2017 – 29 April 2017.

The mentoring session(s) will be done online via Skype/Google Hangout and emails. The teacher shall be the main contact person and it is the teacher’s responsibility to get in touch with the mentor to arrange the virtual mentoring sessions. The teacher is required to be present with the team at all times during each mentoring session.

Science Communication Workshop (5 May 2017) and School Lab 2017 Final (6 May 2017)

The 5 chosen teams must be able to attend the Science Communication Workshop (5 May 2017) and the School Lab 2017 Final (6 May 2017) in Kuala Lumpur.

All teams must be accompanied by their respective teachers during the Science Communication Workshop and the final ‘live’ presentation.

All travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses will be covered by the organisers during the ‘Science Communication Workshop’ and the final ‘live’ presentation.  

Can we change our STEM topic for the final ‘live’ presentation?

You may choose to present either the same STEM topic or a new STEM topic for the final ‘live’ presentation.

Your team’s ‘live’ presentation must be in either Bahasa Melayu or English (and not both languages). Each team member must play an active role and participate in the presentation. The presentation should be between 3 and 5 minutes. Props (including costumes) are allowed as long as they can be carried on stage by the team.

Flammable materials are not allowed on stage. 

What are the judging criteria during the final ‘live’ presentation?

The presentations will be judged on their content, clarity, creativity and charisma. The presentation should also be scientifically accurate, interesting and easily understood by the audience.

The panel of judges will also pose some questions to the Top 5 Teams at the end of their respective 'live' presentations.