Techie Monkey wins Sarawak #MyGeek-a-thon

KUCHING: Team ?Techie Monkey? from SMK Bintulu emerged champion in the Sarawak #MyGeek-a-thon competition by showcasing their ?Sustainable Living Systems? inventions.

Held in conjunction with the Sarawak Career and Training (SCaT) Fair 2019 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, the competition also saw ?Static? from SMK Lutong place second.

The winners received their awards from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during announcement of winners on Saturday.

Both these schools will represent Sarawak at the national #MyGeek-a-thon competition during the Make The Future Live Malaysia 2019 at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur on the May 1.

Three other schools, namely SMK Kidurong of Bintulu, SMK Merbau of Miri, and SMK St Joseph of Kuching, also competed in the competition which was organised by Shell Malaysia to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) amongst secondary school students in Malaysia.

Techie Monkey ? comprising Darren Lee Hua Ee, Isaac Yong Wei Onn and Wendy Lim Yii Ann ? created an app through their project ?iRecycle? that encourages users to recycle by making the process simple and rewarding. The app enables users to connect with recycling centres to arrange for pick-up while earning points.

?We are very happy, but we also believe that we need to further improve and innovate our invention based on the feedback given by the judges, to prepare ourselves for the national championship.

?We believe our win today is because of our teamwork. No matter how good an invention or idea, if there is no cooperation and effort between team members, then it would not end in success,? said the Techie Monkey teammates who stood tall together when asked about being the state champion.

The first runner-up, Static from SMK Lutong, is an all-girls team comprising Anisha Praveen Karunakaran, Daphne Douglas and Liew Jia Wen.

Their invention ?Fridget? is an automated fan cleaning system that is programmed to clean dust on condenser coils at the back of refrigerators to reduce energy consumption of household fridges.

General Manager of Sarawak Shell Berhad Jill Chieng said science and engineering is at the heart of its business and is critical to economic and social progress.

?Our aim is to contribute to the number of STEM graduates who will go on to lead discoveries in STEM on a global level. We are focused in influencing school students to take an early interest in fields of engineering, information technology and automation. This will help uplift the number of STEM graduates, which will help meet national targets and aspirations,? she said.

Shell Malaysia introduced the #MyGeekMovement with the support of the Ministry of Education in August 2017.

About 225 secondary students from 15 schools across Malaysia were given the opportunity to gain hands-on STEM learning, with a focus on technology.

In Sarawak, 75 students were selected, while peer-to-peer coaching was also implemented to share the knowledge with the larger student community of about 10,000 students from all participating schools in Sarawak.

Chieng said the #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.

Students are able to continue to grow their technological, critical, creative and innovative skill sets while challenging themselves to design and innovate solutions to real-world problems.

?Through our STEM-related programmes, we aim to spark an interest in students to pursue STEM-related subjects and develop them to become future engineers and innovators who will contribute to the future pipeline of talents and capabilities,? she added.

Besides the Sarawak #MyGeek-a-thon Championship, Shell Malaysia?s presence in SCaT Fair 2019 was seen through the showcase of its operations in the upstream, downstream and integrated gas spheres.

There was also a showcase on the company?s strategic social investment flagship programmes and its recruitment arm.

Source: Borneo Post

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