Monday May 30, 2011
Go to school with Astro TVIQ
By AZHARIAH KAMIN
Students can now get more educational shows on Sekolahku.
IN line with its aim to give an entertaining twist to academic subjects like languages, Maths and Science, Astro TVIQ (Astro Channel 610) is coming up with a brand new Malay belt called Sekolahku starting tomorrow.
Pupils can tune in to have an enriching experience when learning Science and Math with new cool and fun programmes such as Sains Comot and Ada Berani? Cubalah (ABC).
In addition, there are also the Malay version (with local content and host) of new seasons of Backyard Science – Edisi Bahasa Melayu and Syoknya Sains (a multi-award winning Japanese education show).
If the sneak preview of the shows was anything to go by, the new belt is sure to keep pupils entertained as they familiarise themselves with scientific concepts.
According to Astro’s head of education Ravi Gopal, the new shows under Sekolahku combine fun with learning.
“It is our way of telling the pupils that Math and Science are not difficult and boring. These subjects are fun to learn,” said Ravi during the launching of the belt on Wednesday.
“We decided to expand the Malay content to cater to the increasing interest from sub-urban areas which contributed 60% of our total viewership,” said Ravi, adding that TVIQ’s target audiences are students aged five to 15.
He added that three of the shows are science-based as Science is a core school subject and an integral part of our lives too. “Our aim is to inspire children to be curious and excited about this subject from a young age.”
For example, in Backyard Science – Edisi Bahasa Melayu, originally a popular Australian science programme, pupils can learn about easy, practical and safe experiments that they can try out at home. The Malay-dubbed version is hosted by TVIQ’s very own talent, Luv-en’ya Rowland.
According to Rowland, hosting the show has been fun and exciting.
“It is really fun and involves all experiments which seem simple but will surprise us with the results. I’m proud to be the host of the show and really, science is not difficult,” said the lovable girl who first caught viewers’ attention in drama series Geng Budak Sekolah on Astro Ceria two years ago.
In Syoknya Sains, Rafidah Abdullah will be teaming up with a younger co-host.
“In the show, we will conduct simple and fun experiments that can be done by children safely at home,” said Rafidah.
New series Sains Comot is hosted by Khairul Nizam Nazri. It is targeted at Year Three to Six pupils and aims to quench their curiosity about the world of nature and science.
The series also encourages children to interact through its website astro.com.my/sainscomot as they can pose questions and download fun games.
On the other hand, Ada Berani? Cubalah, hosted by Azrul Zaidi of Raja Lawak fame, is a 10-minute segment in which children will be tested on their general knowledge and knowledge on Science and Math.
Azrul and the crew travelled to schools in rural areas to engage them in games involving science and mathematics.
“We have travelled to 12 schools all over Selangor to meet the pupils and have fun with them. Response has been overwhelming and it will all be shown in the next 12 episodes of Ada Berani? Cubalah. I’m really excited and looking forward to seeing how viewers will respond to it,” added Azrul.
Tune in to Sains Comot (Saturdays and Sundays, 11am), Ada Berani? Cubalah (Saturdays and Sundays, noon), Syoknya Sains (Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm) and Backyard Science – Edisi Bahasa Melayu (Mondays to Fridays, 2pm Saturdays 1pm) on Astro TVIQ (Astro Channel 610).