SK Gersik wins science and innovation competition
Their innovation of a rat trap surprisingly won SK Gersik the top prize in the Science and Innovation competition held for primary schools in Kuching and Samarahan districts held on Sept 25 at the Teacher’s Training Insitute Batu Lintang Campus (IPGKBL).
The winning team was made up of two 11-year-old boys, Mohd Luqman Nul Hakim Abdullah and Muhd Aniq Aiman Abdullah Hashim.
According to their teacher Awang Asfia Awang Morshidi, they were inspired a week before the competition and it only took them about three days to complete the project.
“The rat trap was made using fully recycled materials at zero cost. The materials include PVC, sticks and bottles. It came out as a very presentable and innovative work.
“Our school joined the competition last year but did not manage to be in the top three list. Fortunately, this year, we won. From now onwards, we will continue to join the competition to expose our students to useful skills in order for them to be more competent in the future,” he said when interviewed by reporters after the announcement of the winning inventions.
Meanwhile, the first runner-up with ‘Tabung Baja Ayam’ were Muhd Zulhelmi Abdul Zamri and Muhd Nafis Napiah also from SK Gersik.
The other 10 groups who received consolation prizes include SK St Thomas (Group B), SK Muhibbah (Group A), SK Muhibbah (Group B), SK Muhibbah (Group C), SK Muara Tebas (Group B), SK Laksamana (Group A), SK Kampung Senari (Group D), SK Bako (Group C), SK Kampung Senari (Group B), and SJKC Stampin.
This year, the competition saw 29 teams consist of of 11 primary schools and 8 exhibitors from government bodies and NGOs.
The teams inventions were judged based on the originality of their creations, how well they integrated basic science concepts and the quality. The teams were also judged on their conduct throughout the competition.
The Science and Innovation competition and the science exhibition is one of the annual events under Ke Arah Masyarakat Saintifik (KEMASAINS) / ‘Towards A Scientific Community’ programme organised by the Science Department of IPGKBL in collaboration with Sarawak Foundation.
It is seen as a good platform in producing effective human capital that can meet the challenges of the innovation economy of the 21st century in line with the mission of the Ministry of Education Malaysia to create a system of world-class quality education armed with elements of creativity, innovation and high value-added that has been successfully discovered and featured in the competition.