Fostering research aptitude among high school students through space weather competition

Mardina Abdullah, Rosadah Abd Majid, Badariah Bais, N. S. Bahri, M. F. Asillam

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Cultivating research culture at an early stage is important for capacity building in a community. The high school level is the appropriate stage for research to be introduced because of students' competitive nature. Participation in the space weather competition is one of the ways in which research aptitude can be fostered in high school students in Malaysia. Accordingly, this paper presents how research elements were introduced to the students at the high school level through their participation in the space weather competition. The competition required the students to build a system to detect the presence of solar flares by utilizing VLF signals reflected from the ionosphere. The space weather competition started off with proposal writing for the space weather related project where the students were required to execute extensive literature review on the given topic. Additionally, the students were also required to conduct the experiments and analyse the data. Results obtained from data analysis were then validated by the students through various other observations that they had to carry out. At the end of the competition, students were expected to write a comprehensive technical report. Through this competition, the students learnt how to conduct research in accordance to the guidelines provided through the step by step approach exposed to them. Ultimately, this project revealed that the students were able to conduct research on their own with minimal guidance and that participation in the competition not only generated enjoyment in learning but also their interest in science and research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Space Research
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017

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Keywords

  • Fostering research aptitude
  • High school student
  • Solar flare
  • Space weather
  • VLF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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