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Shell’s STEM initiative aims to develop Sarawak’s future innovators

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MIRI:  It was double joy for SMK Lutong as the champion and first runner up titles for the Sarawak #MyGeek-a-thon was bagged by the two teams who represented the school. Team ‘So Called Engineers’ emerged state champion while team ‘Static’ was announced the first runner up.

As a part of Shell’s #MyGeekMovement, this competition which kick started in 2017, aims to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) amongst secondary school students in Malaysia. Students participating in this competition are challenged to work in teams to design and innovate solutions to real-world problems within the nexus of energy-food-water.

Sarvintirran Parthiban, Danish Miqaill, Rudy Chang from ‘So Called Engineers’ came up with an invention called Smart Garden. This is a gardening system with an automated fogging and watering mechanisms as well as lighting to stimulate night-time photosynthesis. The system is also equipped with a mobile app that allows users to check the plant’s conditions from their mobile phones.

“We are thankful to our teachers and fellow seniors who assisted us in making our invention a success. Our invention was inspired by the communities who face challenges with their crops and plants. We hope that our invention will one day be used widely by the relevant communities,” shared the champion team which comprises 14-year-old boys.

Anisha Praveen Karunakaran, Daphne Binti Douglas and Liew Jia Wen from team ‘Static’ came up with an affordable solution to cool down a certain building using a water evaporation technique. Their invention is called Chillax. 

This year’s participating schools were from SMK Lutong, Miri; SMK Merbau, Miri; SMK Bintulu; SMK Kidurong, Bintulu; SMK St. Joseph, Kuching.

Both the champion and first runner up teams will represent Sarawak at the national #MyGeek-a-thon competition which will take on the 2nd of April 2020 in Kuala Lumpur.

“At Shell, we believe that the cultivation of STEM begins at the classroom, hence our drive to invest in our youths. We aim to equip them with the right skills and tools, while empowering them towards becoming future innovators and engineers who will fulfil the nation’s aspirations,” shared Ivan Tan, Vice President for Malaysia, Philippines and the Managing Director, Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd.

“As Shell Malaysia celebrates our 110 years anniversary in Upstream this year, we are proud of our contribution towards the development of local talents and communities through our STEM projects. We aim to continue this initiative to increase the number of future local scientists and technical experts who will create waves locally and internationally,” he added.

#MyGeekMovement provides learning content that complements the existing school co-curricular structure with a long-term goal to increase the number of students opting for science stream, while boosting interest in science and technology amongst the younger generation.

The programme gives students insights into the world of technology and innovation and encourages them to be innovative. It enables them to continue to grow their technological, critical, creative and innovative skill sets and challenges them to design and innovate solutions for real-world problems. 

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