It was a day of delightful discovery as 72 Primary students and nine teachers from R.E.A.L International School, Suria Campus (RISS) embarked on an enlightening and enjoyable trip to the National Science Centre in Bukit Kiara on 26 February 2014.
The students and teachers departed the school at 8am on two 44-seater buses and arrived at the venue an hour later. Upon arriving at the centre, they were greeted and briefed by the friendly tour guides and facilitators of ‘Discovery Education’ and duly divided into two groups, KS1 and KS2. In an effort to make the tour more interactive and a better learning experience, the students were handed worksheets that they were required to fill in and hand back at the end of the tour.
The task of completing the worksheet with all the right answers certainly excited the children as they viewed and studied the many scientific exhibits on display and even performed several experiments to learn about the laws of science. They even sought their teachers’ help when needed. Also part of the tour was a 15-minute play on ‘Muslim Civilization’, which uncovers how the civilization stretched from Spain to China and how it left its mark on the way we live today in a world of diverse faith, cultures and ethnicities.
Upon conclusion of the tour, the students compared notes on their worksheets and discussed the answers with their respective tour guides. The RISS group then left the centre at noon and headed to the nearby KLGCC or Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club where they enjoyed an ‘International Buffet Lunch’ with their respective homeroom teachers and proceeded back to the school thereafter.
All in all, the entire excursion was one to remember for the inspired students who now have a fresh, different outlook on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The pleasant and engaging facilitators made the trip a thoroughly fun and educational experience as well. Trips such as these are synonymous with the R.E.A.L Schools philosophy of constantly providing ‘Lessons beyond books’ – in which a more practical, hands-on and active learning approach is applied beyond the confines of a classroom.