Pro­mot­ing in­no­va­tion in schools


ON the first day of school, Form One stu­dents of SM Im­tiaz Kuala Tereng­ganu are told to think of a prod­uct which can ex­pose them to re­search method­ol­ogy, and ex­plo­ration.

The cho­sen prod­uct will be­come a co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity un­til they com­plete their Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia ex­am­i­na­tion.

SM Im­tiaz Kuala Tereng­ganu, which has adopted the School­wide En­rich­ment Model (SEM), aims to pro­mote both chal­leng­ing and en­joy­able highend learn­ing across the school to de­velop tal­ents, and cre­ate a pro­fes­sional learn­ing cul­ture.

The school made SEM a sub­ject for Form One stu­dents where a mod­ule fo­cus­ing on re­search and cre­ativ­ity was in­tro­duced.

“With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SEM we were able to find ef­fec­tive ways to cover the three-year syl­labus,” said school prin­ci­pal Mohd Yu­soff Oth­man.

Yu­soff said projects were based on the stu­dent’s in­ter­est and were car­ried out in groups and co­or­di­nated by teach­ers.

“In the en­rich­ment clus­ters, teach­ers serve as guides on re­search method­ol­ogy, ex­plor­ing the de­vel­op­ment of prod­ucts and fi­nally its pro­duc­tion.”

The stu­dents also re­ceive the sup­port from their par­ents who be­lieve SEM will set a strong foun­da­tion for the holis­tic de­vel­op­ment of their chil­dren.

The school and its stu­dents have achieved nu­mer­ous awards at state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level com­pe­ti­tions and are now wait­ing for in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights ap­proval for at least two prod­ucts.

At the 8th Euro­pean Ex­hi­bi­tion of Cre­ativ­ity and In­no­va­tion (EuroIn­vent 2016) in Iasi, Ro­ma­nia, two of the en­vi­ron­ment friendly prod­ucts namely Nifty Cleaner Kit and Dr Duster with Green Cleaner were awarded one gold medal, one sil­ver medal and three spe­cial awards.

The stu­dents, who have to make pre­sen­ta­tions and an­swer ques­tions from the jury, de­feated 40 other en­tries from na­tions more de­vel­oped than Malaysia, in­clud­ing the United States, United King­dom, Canada, Rus­sia, Korea and Tai­wan.

Project su­per­vi­sor Sari­pah Em­bong said all Im­tiaz stu­dents could re­cite the Qu­ran by heart and this served as the foun­da­tion for their aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

“In 2009, the stu­dents, who were di­vided into groups of five car­ried out 12 projects and in 2011, stu­dents and teach­ers un­der­took 61 projects. Last year they came up with 50 prod­ucts and we chose three of the best to rep­re­sent the school at state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

“Two in­ven­tions, namely Dr Duster and Nifty Cleaner Kit which have won in­ter­na­tional awards are be­ing patented,” she said.

She said the stu­dent’s in­ven­tions would nor­mally come to fruition af­ter three years and in the fourth and fifth year they should fi­nalise their prod­ucts and make a pre­sen­ta­tion to the teach­ers be­fore be­ing short­listed to rep­re­sent the school at com­pe­ti­tions.

Azrol Azam Zu­naini, a fifth for­mer who headed the re­search on the Dr Duster prod­uct, said to cut costs, the group re­cy­cled plas­tic con­tain­ers and surfed the In­ter­net to iden­tify the chem­i­cals used in marker pens.

“We fi­nally found out that we can re­move per­ma­nent ink us­ing aloe vera-based gel in a sprayer while for the duster we used sug­ar­cane fi­bre. It worked and even sur­prised some teach­ers.

“We used re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als be­cause we want our prod­uct to be eco-friendly. We are do­ing our bit to save the world.”

He ex­plained that the let­ter ‘D’ stands for dou­ble (eco-friendly and con­ve­nient prod­uct) and ‘R’ means reuse, re­duce, re­cy­cle (the in­gre­di­ents of the prod­uct).

Azrol Azam said al­though the re­search to pro­duc­tion process took a long time, the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was in­valu­able. The re­ward, he said, was win­ning the Gold Medal from WIIPA (World In­ven­tion In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty As­so­ci­a­tions) at the Kaoh­si­ung In­ter­na­tional In­ven­tion & De­sign Expo in Tai­wan in De­cem­ber 2015.

The en­vi­ron­ment-friendly prod­uct again won the Gold Medal at the 8th Euro­pean Ex­hi­bi­tion of Cre­ativ­ity and In­no­va­tion (EuroIn­vent 2016) in Iasi, Ro­ma­nia.

Mean­while, SMK Chukai‘s track record in its aca­demic and co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties have earned the school the ti­tle as an ex­cel­lent clus­ter school in Tereng­ganu.

It is known for pro­duc­ing the best math­e­mat­ics stu­dents and silat ex­po­nents in the coun­try.

On Jan 21 this year, Form Three stu­dent Mo­hamad Shafiq Akram Shafee won the third prize at the 8th Asian Fi­nals of the World Math­e­mat­i­cal Olympiad and Asian Science and Math­e­mat­ics Olympiad in Se­lan­gor.

Form Five stu­dent Muham­mad Shah­miel Ashraf Zulkhairi beat the oth­ers at the Kar­ni­val Tem­pur Bela- diri Be­sut 2017, an in­ter­na­tional silat tour­na­ment, from Jan 27 to 31.

School prin­ci­pal Roeaidah Yusuff at­trib­uted the suc­cess of the stu­dents to their high level of dis­ci­pline.

She said the school sub­scribed to the prin­ci­ples of up­hold­ing unity and team­work.

“As our strengths are pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent maths stu­dents, we are col­lab­o­rat­ing with Univer­siti Sul­tan Zainal Abidin in Tereng­ganu to nur­ture more tal­ent in the field. We even set up a maths room for this pur­pose.

“For silat, we are work­ing closely with Univer­siti Pen­didikan Sul­tan Idris in Perak to de­velop more ex­perts. Our school has even set up a silat room in 2014 with Ah­mad Nesfu Ju­soh as the coach,” she said.

In an in­ter­view, Mo­ham­mad Shafiq Akram said he started to like Maths since he was in Year Three and he owed it to a ded­i­cated teacher. He al­ways scored A in Mod­ern Maths in sec­ondary school.

“I had never gone for pri­vate tu­ition. I learnt a lot from the com­pul­sory night re­vi­sion from 8pm to 10pm daily,” he said, adding that he wanted to be a phar­ma­cist.

Mean­while, Muham­mad Shah­miel said he hoped to par­tic­i­pate in more in­ter­na­tional silat tour­na­ments.

“I started learn­ing silat since Form One. I was in­flu­enced very much by my fa­ther. Our silat coach has in­stilled in us a high level of dis­ci­pline too. We go for train­ing from 5pm to 6.30pm three times a week, and the train­ing in­ten­si­fies be­fore a tour­na­ment,” he said.

Ah­mad Nesfu, who has been a silat coach for the past 13 years, said there are about 80 mem­bers at present and the school will send stu­dents for four tour­na­ments a year.

SMK Im­tiaz stu­dents with their award-win­ning in­ven­tions.

SMK Chukai’s track record in its aca­demic and co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties have earned the school the ti­tle as an ex­cel­lent clus­ter school in Tereng­ganu.

Sari­pah Em­bong

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