AFTER months of planning for an annual engineering project, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) students made sure their effort would make it into the Malaysia Book of Records.
Students were delighted when their hard work of putting 622,347 bottle caps together to form the university’s logo and the phrase “Caps for Change”, which was the project’s theme, paid off.
The team, headed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Uniten student chapter programme director Chong Shih Min, received their certificate for the Biggest Logo Made Out of Plastic Bottle Caps from Tenaga Nasional Bhd corporate responsibility head Ahmad Zaki Rasid in Uniten’s Dewan Seri Sarjana.
“Plastic bottle caps are small and not readily compacted, which makes them a particularly unsightly item along the road, in waterways and on the beach,” said Chong, adding that her committee decided to use the bottle caps to convey the message to the public.
The planning and preparation for the project started last year as the team went out to source for bottle caps and to ensure they had enough to create the large masterpiece.
“It was not easy as we needed a lot of volunteers to help us. I am thankful that my friends and students from the university answered our call whenever we needed help,” added Chong, who is a final year electrical and electronic engineering student.
The dimensions of the logo were also important as they had to comply to a minimum size of 30m x 15m set out by the Malaysia Book of Records.
The team, Chong said, decided to go with a larger size of 30.5m in length and 19.5m in width.
“When we started putting the caps together, we realised it was not an easy task,” said Chong, adding that in an hour, her team managed to fill only a 1m x 1m space with 1,089 bottle caps.
Besides the university students who helped in the project, Chong said students from Sepang Vocational College also came in the morning to lend a hand.
“We usually started at 8am and ended about 11 hours later,” said the 23-year-old, who was thankful they managed to complete the project in just two days.
In previous years, the IET team had organised talks and workshops but this was the first time they put together a project on such a large scale.