From prob­lem to prize

Stu­dents, who in­vent card­board mi­cro­scope to solve lab equip­ment short­age, snag the grand prize.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By LEE KAH LENG bytz@thes­

THE team that de­signed a portable mi­cro­scope made from card­board nabbed the top prize worth RM20,000 at the Sime Darby Young In­no­va­tors Chal­lenge 2017.

The Afa Ar­duino team – made up of Nor Asikin Zulkefli and Nur Anis Su­ra­ti­man, both 17, and Ain­u­ra­nia Az­zahra Zulkifli, 16 – chose card­board to keep the cost low and also be­cause it’s en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. Sur­pris­ingly, the stu­dents are from the Arts stream in Seko­lah Agama Me­nen­gah Jeram (Se­lan­gor).

“Our school doesn’t have a Sci­ence stream but we do have a ba­sic sci­ence syl­labus for Form One to Form Five which re­quires stu­dents to con­duct ex­per­i­ments,” said Nur Asikin.

“We came up with this idea of a portable, af­ford­able mi­cro­scope out of frus­tra­tion. We have two sci­ence labs in our school but each lab only has one mi­cro­scope.”

“It’s es­pe­cially hard when one of the mi­cro­scopes is not work­ing, as we will have to ‘fight’ with other stu­dents.”

The team’s grand prize in­cludes an Ul­ti­mate 2.0 ro­bot kit and a day trip to Universal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore.

Team Komoku Card from Seko­lah Me­nen­gah Is­lam Hira’ Jeram (Se­lan­gor) emerged as the run­ner up for its smart card for the dis­abled peo­ple.

When the card is swiped be­fore board­ing, the buzzer and light at the ded­i­cated pri­or­ity seats in LRTs will go off to alert other pas­sen­gers to make space.

The third prize went to Team Life Saviours from Seko­lah Me­nen­gah Ke­bangsaan Lem­bah Bi­dong (Tereng­ganu) for its smoke de­tec­tor which will au­to­mat­i­cally un­lock win­dows and doors to help res­i­dents es­cape dur­ing a fire.

The cham­pi­onship, held for the sec­ond year run­ning, was or­gan­ised by Sime Darby Foun­da­tion, so­cial busi­ness startup Chum­baka, the Malaysia Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion and youth vol­un­teer com­mu­nity iM4U.

(l - r) Nur Anis, Nor Asikin and Ain­u­ra­nia Az­zahra – were crowned cham­pi­ons at the Sime Darby Young In­no­va­tors Chal­lenge 2017 for their card­board mi­cro­scope. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

Lee says the Mate 10 will have an im­proved pro­ces­sor, bet­ter cam­era, and ex­cel­lent bat­tery life. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL/The Star

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