Boy wins gold in in­ven­tion con­test

New Straits Times - - News / Nation -

KAN­GAR: A Year Six pupil has bagged an in­ter­na­tional award for his in­ven­tion that solves the univer­sal prob­lem of feed­ing “home alone” cats.

Muham­mad Dan­ish Syafi Mohd Azdiki­rana, 12, of SRK Pu­tra here, took home a gold medal in the World In­ven­tion Cre­ativ­ity Con­test (WICC) held in Seoul, South Korea.

His “So­lar Cat Feeder” won the com­pe­ti­tion, an in­ven­tion that he made with his sis­ter, Nur Marissa Mais­ara, and their friend, Amirul Haziq Mohd Sham­sudin, both 11.

“My sis­ter and I con­stantly had a headache to find the best way to make sure our eight cats got enough food when­ever we were not at home,” Dan­ish Syafi said.

“Thanks to my father’s idea, we man­aged to come up with a food box con­nected to an elec­tri­cal cir­cuit, a scan­ning de­vice and a so­lar panel.

“In the­ory, the food box will dis­pense a fixed amount of food when the scan­ning de­vice de­tects any ap­proach­ing cat.

“It will have to wait for another five min­utes to dis­pense another round of food if the same or another cat gets close to the box.”

With his in­ven­tion, Dan­ish Syafi said cat own­ers no longer had to worry about their pets’ well­be­ing or spend money on pet ho­tels if they had to leave their cats for days, ad­ding that he hoped the prod­uct would get fund­ing to be com­mer­cialised.

He and his teacher flew to Seoul for the com­pe­ti­tion, which was held from July 20 to 30, fol­low­ing a RM10,000 spon­sor­ship from Univer­siti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

He qual­i­fied for the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter his in­ven­tion won first place in the Perlis En­gi­neer­ing Re­search and Learn­ing In­no­va­tion Sym­po­sium (PERLIS) 3.0 two months ago.

Or­gan­ised by Korea Univer­sity In­ven­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, WICC serves as a plat­form to en­hance in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity skills among stu­dents world­wide.

Be­sides SRK Pu­tra, Perlis del­e­gates brought home two other gold medals through SMA Al Madrasah Al Alawiyah Ad Diniah (AlMaad) and the PERLIS 3.0 modul project.

UniMAP del­e­gates head As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Dr Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Ab­dul­lah said the com­pe­ti­tion in­volved over 400 par­tic­i­pants from 20 coun­tries.

PIC COUR­TESY OF UNIMAP

Muham­mad Dan­ish Syafi Mohd Azdiki­rana (cen­tre) with his prize and in­ven­tion at the World In­ven­tion Cre­ativ­ity Con­test in Seoul, South Korea yes­ter­day.

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