KUCHING: SMK St Teresa and SMK DPHA Gapor emerged as champions in the lower and upper secondary school category respectively at the second edition of SCIENCE held by Sarawak Energy at The Hills on Aug 17 and yesterday.
Both schools received a cash prize of RM750 each for their innovations – Green Box Project and Smart Home Assistant respectively.
Commenting on the success of the event, Group Chief Operating Officer and Covering Group CEO, Lu Yew Hung said one of Sarawak Energy’s initiatives is ‘Powering Young Minds’ with SCIENCE as its signature programme. It is developed with The Learning Curve.
“It provides a platform for students to have early exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM and its practical application,” he said when closing the event yesterday.
He added that participants were provided with training and smart home kits to prepare them for SCIENCE. They had been working on their projects themed ‘Smart Home & Future Living’ since March.
“The results are what we see at SCIENCE these two days – impressive projects including those engineered to light up rural communities such as Indoor Sunlight System, Smart Home System, and Renewable Hybrid Uninterrupted Power Supply.
“I hope that one day some of you will join us in Sarawak Energy and develop smart applications for the company,” he said.
This year’s event held in conjunction with Minggu Sains Negara involved about 300 participants in 80 teams from schools across Sarawak.
The event was supported by the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Education, Science & Technological Research Sarawak, state Education Department and Sarawak Multimedia Authority.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Mont Trinity School, Kota Damansara were also at the event on invitation.
Meanwhile, Lu said in the spirit of continuous innovation, Sarawak Energy and The Learning Curve are also developing a new Powering Young Minds programme.
“The Sarawak Energy Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge will be held for the first time next year. This will bring together students to compete in building the most energy-efficient electric vehicle,” he said.
For lower secondary school, Lodge International Kuching came in second for its Bluetooth Enabled Smarthome, winning the team RM500, while Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang College Miri won RM250 by placing third with Intelligent Room.
Lodge International School Kuching also came in second in the upper secondary school category for its Blackout Alert System (RM500) while SMK St Mary Kuching received RM250 for Clear Bin as third prize.
Among those present were Peing Tajang, Sarawak Energy general manager for Corporate Communication, and Kenneth Chai, founder of The Learning Curve.