Putting a stop to water disruptions

Finding solutions: A screen grab of the ‘Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2020’ winners.

DETERMINED to help prevent water disruptions, improve air quality and manage Covid-19 cases in their communities, a group of students turned to their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Their efforts proved fruitful as the Forms One and Two students from SMK Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara, SMK (P) Sri Aman and SMK Sri Utama, in Petaling Jaya, were recently crowned the “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2020” champion, and second and third-place winners, respectively.

The winning team from SMK Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara developed a solution to detect water pollution and avoid water disruption, Samsung Malaysia Electronics said in a press release.

“Currently, a sensor that detects water quality is submerged in the river, which may result in the damage of the sensor over time and an increase in its maintenance.

“To overcome this and to monitor the quality of water in real time, the students developed a solution using STEM, ” it added.

The competition, which ended last month, is a global educational programme designed to increase interest and proficiency in STEM education, and to encourage young people to apply STEM in finding solutions to solve challenges and risks faced in their local communities.

It builds soft skills among youths and encourages communication, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and teamwork to discover and nurture social innovation ideas, said the press release.

Held for the second time in Malaysia, the competition kicked off on Oct 9 last year.

SMK (P) Sri Aman developed an idea to improve overall indoor air quality while SMK Sri Utama came up with an alternative idea to manage Covid-19 cases and contact tracing.

The three finalists pitched their ideas through a virtual presentation on Dec 16.

Impressed with the participants who thought out of the box, Samsung Malaysia Electronics corporate affairs director Datuk Roh Jae Yeol said the students developed tangible solutions to problems faced by communities.

“Through the ‘Samsung Solve for Tomorrow’ competition, it is our aim to provide today’s youth with an avenue to imagine and pursue a career in STEM, ” he added.

SMK Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara received Samsung products worth RM16,900 for the school, while each student took home RM7,000 worth of Samsung products.

SMK (P) Sri Aman won products worth RM13,500 for their school, while each student won products worth RM6,000.

SMK Sri Utama received products valued up to RM10,000 for their school, while the students got products worth RM5,400 each.

The teams were assessed by a panel of judges based on the feasibility of their ideas, creativity and uniqueness of the solution, the application of STEM knowledge, and the effectiveness of their presentations based on the theme selected.

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