Cool win for SMK Lutong

  • Education
  • Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

National champions: (Front row, from right) Daphne, Anisha and Jia Wen with their teacher Huong Sin Siew (red shirt) and principal Michael Anak Bus (batik shirt), give a thumbs up with representatives from the Education Ministry and Shell Malaysia.

TEAM Static from SMK Lutong, Miri, emerged the national champion of Shell’s #MyGeekMovement 2020.

The winning team – comprising Anisha Praveen Karunakaran, Daphne Douglas and Liew Jia Wen – came up with an invention called Chillax, an affordable, innovative and eco-friendly alternative to cool down a house.

Capitalising on evaporative cooling effects, the solution consists of an automated sprinkler system supported by rainwater, solar panel, temperature sensor and water pump, as well as a mobile app to monitor and control the entire system.

This is not the first time the school has won the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition as they were also the champions in 2018.

Following the new normal in Malaysia, the #MyGeekMovement final was tweaked and guided with stricter health and safety procedures.

The competition also leveraged on virtual environments, with the judging of the finals organised using online project submissions and virtual deliberations.

Due to the movement control order, the all-girls team was only able to physically meet once. Virtual meet-ups were held frequently in order to complete their video.

“We put in a lot of hard work but the most important thing that we have taken from this project is the skills and valuable experiences that we’ve gained throughout this journey, ” said Team Static.

Six schools – two finalists each from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak – participated in the national finals after emerging state winners and runners-up at the state level #MyGeek-a-thon competition.

The six finalists were from SMK Lutong, Miri; SM Sung Siew, Sandakan; SM St. Michael, Penampang; and SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur.

“In today’s world where our young generation are very much inclined towards technology, it’s imperative to nurture their interest in STEM through creative methods. This prepares Malaysia’s students for the future job market and helps them thrive in it, ” said Shell Malaysia external relations general manager Nimmi Kamal.

Students, said Education Ministry National STEM Centre head Dr Ihsan Ismail, should be empowered to find better ways to convey their learning journey, and this programme has been a great assistance to the government and the ministry in promoting STEM.

#MyGeekMovement provides learning content that complements the existing school co-curricular structure with a long-term

goal to increase the number

of students opting for the science stream, while boosting interest in science and technology among the younger generation.

The competition challenges students to design and innovate solutions to real-world problems involving energy, food and water.

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