School inventors trap award

IN an effort to reduce the number of houseflies in the environment and to address a disease called ‘entomophobia’, students of SMK Kamil, Kelantan emerged first prize winners of the Sony Science Education Awards 2002 with their invention called “ROTRAP”, a device to trap flies in large quantities.  

“Instead of hanging water in plastic bags or using candles to prevent houseflies from entering households or shops, the ROTRAP is a more efficient and effective way of getting rid of them,” said team leader Nor Amirah Talib, 17. 

Flies affect humans emotionally by creating tension, irritation, depression, discomfort and high blood pressure, a symptom scientifically known as ‘entomophobia’. ROTRAP was invented to address this problem. 

“The device uses cat food and fish water to attract the flies into a nozzle which traps about 18 to 25 flies which helps to gradually decrease the chances of suffering from entomophobia,” said Nor Amirah. 

Of the total 135 schools nationwide taking part in the competition, champions – Siti Zafirah Zainal Abidin, 16, Nur Afifah Mat Said, 16, Effrizal Molaizi Mohd, 16, Nor Amirah Talib, 17, Muhammad Rosli Yusoff, 16, and Munshab Zakaria, 16, were awarded RM50,000, a certificate and a trophy at the prize giving ceremony recently.  

“This is a good effort to promote scientific knowledge and enhance the creative and innovative culture among students.  

“We must learn to master the use of technology by acquiring useful knowledge and skills,” said Education Ministry representative Othman Daud in his speech.  

In line with the SSEA 2002 theme “Friendly Home or Work Environment”, students were required to find ways to improve the environment using scientific principles. 

Organised by the Sony Malaysia Sdn Bhd and supported by the Education Ministry, the award was introduced three years ago in an effort to promote science education and foster intellectual creativity among secondary school students. 

A total of 10 schools received certificates, trophies and RM135,000 worth of Sony educational products, including seven schools which received RM5,000 worth of Sony products, certificates and trophies in the “Best Effort” category. 

Second prize winners SMK Agama Slim River, Perak received RM30,000 worth of Sony products, certificate and trophy for their winning report “TROTASIDA EDUTT” (combination of a chair, ladder, trolley and wheelchair) while third prize winners MRSM Kuala Terengganu received RM20,000 worth of Sony products, certificate and trophy for their “Friendly Insecticide” invention. 

Short-listing of entries was based on originality, creativity and innovativeness of ideas and inventions. – BY JOANNE LIM  

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