Thursday, November 21

SMK Bintulu’s Techie Monkey crowned national champion

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Ong (left) and Lo (second right) share the joy with national champion Techie Monkey.

SEPANG: SMK Bintulu’s Techie Monkey team made Sarawak proud by becoming the national champion during Shell’s #MyGeekMovement Grand Final at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

With a multi-platform mobile app dubbed ‘iRecycle’, the project created by Darren Lee Hua Ee, Isaac Yong Wei Onn and Wendy Lim Yii Ann successfully won the judges’ hearts.

The team was also the champion at a similar competition on a state-level, #MyGeek-a-thon at Sarawak Career and Training (SCaT) Fair in March this year.

With the winning entry, the national champion will participate in Shell’s Make the Future (MTF) overseas this September.

According to the team, the mobile application developed connects app users to recycling centres as an intermediary for pick-up arrangement while earning points.

The team beat five other teams from Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula in this year’s challenge themed ‘Sustainable Living Systems’.

The other team who represented Sarawak was last year’s national champion from SMK Lutong.  The team failed to defend the title with their invention called ‘Fridget’, an automated fan cleaning system programmed to clean dust on condenser coils at the back of refrigerators to reduce energy consumption of household fridges.

Other participating schools were SMK Aminuddin Baki Kuala Lumpur, SMK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1) Putrajaya were SM La Salle, Sabah and SM Maktab Sabah.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Dr Ong Kian Ming presented prizes to the champion team. Also present was Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo.

The #MyGeekMovement is Shell Malaysia’s social investment programme aimed to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning content that complement the existing Malaysian school curriculum.

Launched in August 2017, the programme has since received strong support from the Ministry of Education in providing students the experience and opportunity to gain hands-on STEM learning with focus on technology.

The programme has benefited about 20,000 students nationwide by enabling students to tinker with STEM education tools such as the Arduino platform, Android application, design and
prototyping.

Shell integrates NXplorers with this programme to deliver technological, critical, creative and innovative skill sets and challenge them to work in teams to design and innovate solutions to real-world problems.

NXplorers is Shell’s global STEM flagship programme to empower and equip young people with tools and skills to embrace the complexity of real-world issues.

The Techie Monkey team explains to Ong how the iRecycle app works.