Life saving device leads to bigger things

A LIFE saving device created by Form Two students won gold in the recent Malaysia Young Scientists Conference & Exhibition (MYSCE 2020).

Lisa, short for Life Saver, is a device placed in a car to alert parents in the event that they forget their children or pets are still inside the vehicle.

Winning gadget: Haresh Varma, 14, from SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1, holding up his team’s invention, Lisa.Winning gadget: Haresh Varma, 14, from SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1, holding up his team’s invention, Lisa.

The SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1, Selangor, students won in the computer science and mathematics category and will represent Malaysia in the upcoming Asia Pacific Conference for Young Scientists, which will be held virtually from Bandung, Indonesia in November.

Organised by the Malaysia Young Scientists Organisation, the annual international competition aims at producing scientists and guiding young learners on developing innovative ideas that can lead to the commercialisation of their inventions.

The virtual competition held in August hosted participants from Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines.

A total of 203 teams from 27 primary and 61 secondary schools in the country took part in the competition.

Besides SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1, three other schools made the country proud as they clinched gold medals in the computer science and mathematics category.

The schools are SJKT Batu Caves, Selangor, SJKT Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur and SMK Seri Indah, Selangor while SJKT Castlefield, Selangor won the silver medal in the environment science category.

SJKT Batu Caves invented an early warning system that detects air toxicity levels; SJKT Taman Melawati made a Tank Water Level Alert System that detects water levels in residential or office water tanks; and SMK Seri Indah created a device that, when inserted into the soil, can identify the type of plants that can grow there.

Budding scientists from SJKT Castlefield built a Humidifier and Pest Control two-in-one system that monitors and maintains a room’s humidity level. It simultaneously repels pests such as cockroaches.

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