S’kan school’s invention wins Shell contest


Prithipal (second right) presenting the prize to ‘De Three Lions’.

KOTA KINABALU: SM Sung Siew of Sandakan has emerged as the champions of the Shell’s state-level #MyGeek-a-thon competition.

The winning team, who call themselves ‘De 3 Lions’ will represent Sabah at the national #MyGeek-a-thon competition along with the first runner-up, FarShaMay from SM St Michael, Penampang.

Brandon Chin Min Qiao, Havyn Liew Xiang Rong and Chong Heng Fung who are part of De 3 Lions presented their invention dubbed as Project LEO – a sub-surface water conservation system that utilises natural water source.

The system has an automated irrigation mechanism that adjusts different water output for different crops.

“We are ecstatic with our win and thank our parents, teachers and friends for supporting us. The three of us have diverse talents and we believe that our combined talents, efforts and teamwork enabled us in winning the state championship today. We thank Shell for providing us with this platform to test our potential,” Brandon told reporters when met at the state-level finals, held at Plaza Shell yesterday.

FarShaMay, a team comprising Farena Binti Lazim, Maybellyn Abigail Chai May Ching and Sharmayne Jacyntha Switzer, finished second with their invention called Plantuino, an indoor planting box that allows people to grow their own vegetables in their houses.

The planting box includes soil moisture monitoring app, solar power UV light and auto water sprinkler.

The national-level final will take place on April 2 in Kuala Lumpur.

The competition, which kick started in 2017, aims to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) amongst secondary school students in Malaysia.

Students participating in this competition are challenged to work in teams to design and innovate solutions to real-world problems within the nexus of energy-food-water.

The prizes were presented to the winners by General Manager of Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd, Prithipal Singh.

“STEM is at the heart of everything we do in Shell, hence we aim to contribute to the number of local graduates who will go on to lead discoveries in these fields at a global level.

“We are focused on influencing students to take an early interest in STEM by empowering them to be critical and innovative towards creating sustainable inventions for the future. This, I believe will contribute towards the future pipeline of talent and capabilities,” said Prithipal.