11 March 2017 – 33 teams of the best and brightest secondary school students from 18 schools in Sri Lanka participated in the recently concluded Science Challenge at Hilton Residence Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The challenge was organised by IMU in collaboration with REXPO.
A team of students from Ananda College emerged champion of this Challenge. This team won the challenge after defeating the other teams, pitting their knowledge against one another for the coveted first prize. Gateway College Dehiwela and Gateway College Colombo took the second and third place respectively at this challenge. The objective of the Science Challenge was to provide students with the opportunity to hone their skills and science knowledge in an intellectually stimulating environment while enjoying themselves. This event for secondary school students is a quiz with questions from biology and chemistry. Prior to this Challenge in Sri Lanka, the University has organised similar events in Medan and Myanmar with great success. A similar event was also conducted in Sri Lanka in previous years. Besides the Science Challenge, students also had the opportunity to join in other activities such as a talk and a workshop. Prof Chin Beek Yoke, Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences at IMU gave a talk on medical biotechnology and health sciences in relation to medicine and conducted a workshop on DNA extraction. Students also had the opportunity to attend workshops on Venipuncture (how to draw blood). The workshop was conducted by A/Prof Ranjit De Alwis, one of IMU’s medical lecturers.