KUCHING: Eleven schools throughout the state received Brightsparx grants from the Sarawak Research and Development Council (SRDC).

From the 11 schools, five were from Kuching, one from Sibu, one from Betong, three from Miri and one from Bintulu. SRDC said each grant was worth RM5,000.

“The award was an initiative from Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee who drew his inspiration from his interactions with innovative school students,” it explained.

Of the 40 proposals submitted by schools in the state, 17 were awarded the grants.

SRDC said the award was to inculcate the spirit and culture of research in secondary school students and to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects amongst secondary school students.

The award also allows students to carry out scientific research to test their hypothesis.

“The BrightSparx Projects are student-led initiatives that address issues relevant to local communities, ranging from environmental to sustainable use of resources.

“These projects will also help to develop leadership and team building skills among students in addition to raising awareness, enhancing understanding and researching for solutions to local issues,” it said.