Kancil Science Competition (KSC) is an annual national competition for primary, secondary and pre-university students which aims to challenge students’ science knowledge through critical thinking, problem solving, and general scientific knowledge. KSC aims to encourage students’ interest to embark in scientific studies in secondary and tertiary education, which will hopefully lead to a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
As part of STEM empowerment effort, KSC aims to inspire young learners to excel in science in the aspect of knowledge and practice. KSC questions test students’ understanding of science concepts with a unique way of relating to the Malaysian culture and the development of science knowledge over time. By relating science to culture, KSC wants to encourage students to apply science in areas of human endeavour as a way to solve national problems and develop 21st century skills.
Kancil is a small mouse deer, usually known as “Sang Kancil” with a reputation as a clever animal in many folk and children stories in Malaysia. “Sang Kancil” stories are published in many books written by Malaysian and international authors such as Georges Voisset, a French author in his book with title ‘Tales From the Deep Forest: The Very Curious Adventure of Kancil The Mouse Deer’ (2015). Malaysian children in the past grew up with “Sang Kancil” short animated series, which was created in 1970 by Hassan Mutalib, one of the pioneers in the Malaysian animation industry. Until today, “Sang Kancil” remains close to Malaysian as a timeless symbol of cleverness in the Malaysian folk tradition.
About Kancil Science Competition
KSC consists of four categories sorted by age groups, namely: Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. The questions are designed and formulated by education professionals to stimulate students’ inquiry-based science skills for each category. For every category, top 10% of participants will be awarded with Archimedes, Avicenna and Newton medal, named after illustrious scientists from history:
Archimedes was one of the greatest scientists of classical antiquity, who lived in 2ndcentury BCE. He left behind numerous works in physics, mathematics, engineering and astronomy. The immense impact of his inventions and discoveries of scientific principles are still felt untul today.
Avicenna, who lived during the Islamic Golden Age, has been described as the father of early modern medicine. He authored the Canon of Medicine, a medical encyclopedia that was used as the standard text in both the East and West until 16th
Sir Isaac Newton was a physicist, astronomer and mathematician. His book, “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”, published in 1687, laid the foundations of classical mechanics. Newton also has made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of optics, calculus, the law of motion and universal gravitation.
Mark the important dates of Kancil Science Competition on your calendar!
KSC Competition Day
Deadline to send answer sheet back to Kancil Science Malaysia