Put on thinking cap for challenge

(Third and second from left) Dr Subramaniam and Kamalanathan with Dr Mohamed Yunus (right) and Jaya Shri (left) going through the Asti 2017 report book.

(Third and second from left) Dr Subramaniam and Kamalanathan with Dr Mohamed Yunus (right) and Jaya Shri (left) going through the Asti 2017 report book.

SCIENTIFICALLY inclined? It is time to kick start your engines and start brainstorming for ideas to create one-of-a-kind inventions!

Entering its sixth edition this year, the Young Inventors Challenge (YIC) 2018 is now open for registration for those aged between 13 to 17 years old.

Organised by the Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (Asti), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the goal of the challenge is to encourage the creative and inventive capabilities of young people while providing an avenue for students to put into practice and create what they have learnt over the years in school.

Themed “Inventions To Serve...” this year, Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said YIC 2018 serves as a platform for students to create ideas which can be useful to the community.

Dr Subramaniam, who is an avid supporter of Asti, is urging students to participate in the competition which he said would be beneficial to them.

“Those from local schools and the Asean region are welcomed to take part in this event.

“It is a good platform for students from different countries to be exposed to Science and to interact on the stage of Science.

“When students participate in international events, they would have a sense of confidence and this might be an impetus for them to become a great success in the future in the area of Science,” he said during a press conference with Asti last Monday.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan and Science Fair for Young Children project director Jaya Shri Selvendran were also present.

YIC 2018 requires teams of four to five students to put their minds together and invent something based on the given theme.

Asti president and founder Dr Mohamed Yunus Mohamed Yasin said teams can be from secondary schools, NGOs, orphanages, refugee or religious centres.

YIC consists of three phases, with the first being the proposal submission by the teams, followed by the workshop sessions for selected participants to guide them through the expectations of the competition as well as the dos and don’ts, and lastly, the grand finale.

The final is expected to be held in September. Students stand a chance to win the grand prize – the platinum award – which is RM2,500 with certificates and a trophy.

There will also be three gold awards, five silver awards and seven bronze awards with cash prizes, certificates and trophies.

Dr Subramaniam also called on more Tamil schools to participate in Asti’s other initiative, the Science Fair for Young Children (SFYC), a programme held annually for Tamil schools across the nation to spark their interest in the subject.

“SFYC is an innovative and creative programme for Tamil school students to expose them to the principles of Science and to translate it into practical experiments which they can showcase.

He said that students who participated in Asti’s previous fairs have gone on to take part in other national and international science fairs.

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