INNOVATIVE APPROACH: Contest to encourage kids to develop creative spirit and improve knowledge
KUALA LUMPUR: THE first 1Malaysia Paper Airplane Contest (1MPAC) is being held at the National Science Centre on Sept 15.
It is designed to test participants' innovative spirit. They are required to fold an airplane from an A4 80gsm sheet of paper.
The contest is organised by the National Science Centre (NSC), WellAd Communications Sdn Bhd and Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM), with the support of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti).
"The world record for the longest flight time of 27.9 seconds was achieved by Takuo Toda at the 2009 Worldwide Paper Airplane Contest.
"We hope we can break the record," said Mosti sea to space division under secretary Chong Poon Chai.
WellAd Communications executive director Sabariah Daud said more than 160 students had registered for the event.
"We want to encourage school-children to develop a creative spirit and improve their knowledge of engineering, aerodynamics and origami," said Sabariah.
The contest is divided into category A for primary school pupils, category B for secondary school students and category C for the general public.
In the preliminary round, each team consists of five individuals. Each of them are permitted to take one throw.
The winner of each category will proceed to the grand finals.
The grand prize will go to the contestant who records the longest flight time.
Prizes worth a total of RM20,000 are up for grabs.
The entry fee for categories A and B is RM3, while the fee for category C is RM5.
For details, visit 1mpac.com.my or call 03-7804 5122.