STUDENTS of SMK Seri Ampangan in Seremban, Negri Sembilan emerged winner at the “DIY Made Simple 2020 – Green School-Vertical Garden” competition.
Jointly organised by Universiti Malaya’s (UM) Community & Sustainability Centre (UMCares) and MR DIY Group Bhd, the annual initiative called for secondary school students to find ways to improve their schools’ facilities through do-it-yourself projects using recycled materials.
The 10-member team from SMK Seri Ampangan took home RM4,500 cash for their Green Blinds project, while teams representing SMK Sultan Abdul Samad in Petaling Jaya and SMK Agama Maahad Hamidiah in Kajang tied for second place winning RM3,000 each.
Aside from cash prizes, trophies and certificates, each team also received RM1,500 in MR DIY vouchers.
The competition was held in two phases.
In Phase 1, conducted in January last year, 75 schools submitted videos of their proposed ideas.
A panel of judges, made up of representatives from UMCares and MR DIY, shortlisted eight teams to advance to Phase 2, during which the teams worked with lecturers from the university’s Built Environment Faculty, who mentored the students throughout the journey of transforming their ideas into reality at their respective schools.
MR DIY Group chairman Datuk Azlam Shah Alias said the company’s ethos was about helping communities create well-equipped home and work environments that provided comfort and inspired creativity at affordable and accessible prices.
“Our collaboration with UMCares over the past four years to foster creativity and motivate students to improve their surroundings through do-it-yourself projects has been a very gratifying one, ” he said during the prize-giving ceremony at UM.
He explained that the 2020 competition theme of “Green School-Vertical Garden” required students to recycle and upcycle materials to breathe new life into the gardens in their respective schools.
“Despite being physically away from their schools for most of the year, I’m very impressed by the ideas and teamwork demonstrated by the students from these eight schools.
“They have really captured the spirit behind cultivating a DIY culture, ” he added.
DIY Made Simple is an annual competition supported by Education Ministry that challenges students’ creativity while encouraging the development of soft skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership.
At the event, the organisers also announced the 28 teams that have advanced into Phase 2 of “DIY Made Simple 2021 -- Green School Reimagining Plastic Waste For the 21st Century Classroom” competition, after beating 104 schools in Phase 1 of the competition.