(From left) Sheela, Shelen and Leanne from Sabah Tsung Tsin Secondary School showing off their bird-shaped air purifier.
KOTA KINABALU: Girls rule the Sabah leg of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds National Challenge 2014.
All-girl teams from Sabah Tsung Tsin Secondary School and SM All Saints took top spot in the lower secondary and upper secondary category respectively.
“We’re surprised,” said Sheela Wong, 15, whose team won the lower secondary category.
“We found out about this contest only on Monday,” she added.
Now in its sixth year, the competition has four components, one of which is the hands-on challenge that requires participants to build a prototype as a solution to a problem in society.
The “problem” given to the lower secondary category was themed “Flap and Trap”, which the team interpreted into a bird-shaped machine that trapped dust particles and toxins in the air, thereby acting as a mobile purifier.
Sheela said that she and her team members – Shelen Wong and Leanne Sario, both 15 – had prepared their prototype the night before the competition.
The upper secondary winners – Aarthikka Hoari Krishnan, Janna Vhen Tan Mei Mei and Dershena Deana, all 17 – said their win was unexpected.
“We will start preparing for the National Finals once we find out more about it,” said Janna.
Jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and RHB Banking Group, the competition will next be held in Kelantan on April 12 and Johor on April 19.
Champions from each state will head to the Klang Valley for the National Finals.
For details, contact The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777/1703 or visit www.thestar.com.my/mightyminds.