IYIA 2017; Another Feather In The Cap For St Michael’s Young Inventors

The award-winning students of St Michael’s Secondary School, Penampang.

PENAMPANG: St. Michael’s Secondary School here has added another feather to its cap by winning the 4th International Young Inventors Award (IYIA). This is organised by the Indonesian Innovation and Invention Promotion Association (INNOPA).

IYIA 2017 was held at Universitas Mercu Buana, Jakarta, Indonesia from September 22-23, and this annual international event was participated also by Egypt, Thailand, India, Jordania, Iran, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Indonesia itself.

All participants presented outstanding, innovative, and mesmerising inventions.

St. Michael once again proved its worth where all six of its inventions won prizes; gold medal for Magic Mushroom Kit, two silver medals for Better-E & Leucaena Soap and three bronze medals for E-Colour Petals, Chilli Track & Easy-T Hanger.

The students who were involved are Amos Alban Jr Maluda, Crystal Jillian Philip Lasimbang, Fiona Stephen George Loudin, Hannah Peter Mojiun, Ivan Avannus Jacob Jimbangan, Chuah Chong John, Julian Mathew Wong and Nur Sabrina Zubaidi.

Each of them presented their best and added to the team’s success.

The medals and certificates won by the students.

They were accompanied by Mariatul Hanis Merani Abdullah and Jennifer Asing, the school’s principal.

“The event was a very good experience for the students because they learnt to be more critical and creative in their innovations,” said Jennifer. “At the same time mingling with others at the international platform boosted their self confidence.

“IYIA 2017 definitely has given an oppportunity to young innovators and scientists to share creative ideas among one another and also provide an excellent exposure of invention and technological advancements in various sectors.

“With this, I hope that the other students will be inspired to be more innovative and creative for the development of the school, community and eventually the country itself.”