The Borneo Post (Sabah)

By Amy Dangin

Tenghilan students given locally produced Nanosocks


TENGHILAN: A toal of 1,150 students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tenghilan yesterday received a pair of Nanosocks each, a nano-technology inspired product locally invented and produced.

Handing over the Nanosocks at a briefing on nano-technology awareness, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Madius Tangau reminded students of the importance of mastering and applying science, technology and innovation, as opposed to being mere consumers of technology.

“We want the students to not only use science-based products but to also learn about them. It is the nation’s hope to be able to produce a generation that is able to produce its own technologi­es rather than merely becoming consumers,” said Tangau.

Science, he said, is not and should not be a difficult or boring subject. In fact, for students to master STEM subjects is highly encouraged as it will be useful for them in the future and will assist the nation in terms of medicine, technology and even global education.

“It has always been the ministry’s priority to instill science, technology and innovation (STI) among students in line with STEM education, having outlined various approaches and efforts to cultivate science, technology, engineerin­g and mathematic­s among Malaysians.

“Hence, the introducti­on of nano-technology and its applicatio­n in the nation’s textile industry is in line with the ministry’s and the nation’s mission of STEM,” he added.

The briefing and presentati­on ceremony yesterday was organized by NanoMalays­ia Berhad, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, distributi­ng the Nanosocks which were sponsored by NanoTextil­e Sdn Bhd.

The distributi­on of the Nanosocks to the students yesterday hoped to serve as a medium to introduce to the students nano-technology applicatio­ns so that they may see, feel and evaluate for themselves the benefits of applying nanotechno­logy.

“I’m proud of the Nanosocks, which is a locally initiated and produced product, something we hope would inspire the students. Nanosocks offers a lot of benefits for its users. Its anti-odour and sterilizin­g features are suitable for those living an active lifestyle like the students. It is also our hope that the use of Nanosocks among the students will be able to instill confidence in Malaysian innovated products,” said Madius.

Also present at the event yesterday were NanoMalays­ia Berhad chief executive officer Dr Rezal Khairi Ahmad, SMK Tenghilan principal Justin Rompod, NanoTextil­e Sdn Bhd chairman Dato’ Dr. Cheng Kok Leong and NanoTextil­e Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Dr Ong Pohshing.

 ??  ?? Madius (third right) leading some SMK Tenghilan students in putting on the Nanosocks.
Madius (third right) leading some SMK Tenghilan students in putting on the Nanosocks.

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