Kuala Lumpur, Techie Monkey from SMK Bintulu, Sarawak emerged the national champion of Shell’s #MyGeekMovement 2019, a competition that requires teams to design ‘Sustainable Living Systems’ inventions.
The grand finals took place on the third day of Shell Eco-marathon Asia which is part of Shell’s Make The Future Live Malaysia 2019 that is taking place at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur from 29 April to 2 May 2019.
The wining team which comprises Darren Lee Hua Ee, Wendy Lim Yii Ann and Isaac Yong Wei Onn came up with an invention called iRecycle, that encourages users to recycle by making the process simple and rewarding. The app enables users to connect with recycling centres to arrange for pick-up while earning points.
“#MyGeekMovement has helped us to be innovative and think creatively in coming up with a solution to ease the process of recycling, which will encourage people to cultivate a sustainable green habit. Throughout our journey, we learnt the importance of working as a team to overcome hurdles and to always support each other. We are truly happy for our win and our aim is to implement our app in our neighbourhood, for a start and hopefully one day, it will be used by everyone around the world,” shared the team members of Techie Monkey on their future aspirations.
Six schools, two finalists each from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak participated in the national finals after emerging state winners and runners up of the state level #MyGeek-a-thon competition. The six finalists comprised SMK Bintulu and SMK Lutong, Miri from Sarawak; SM La Salle, Kota Kinabalu and SM Maktab Sabah, Kota Kinabalu from Sabah and SMK Aminuddin Baki, Kuala Lumpur and SMK Putrajaya Presint 11(1), Putrajaya from Peninsular Malaysia.
“In today’s world where our young generation are very much inclined towards technology, its imperative to nurture their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through creative methods. Shell’s #MyGeekMovement aims to increase students critical and innovative thinking towards creating sustainable inventions for the future. Additionally, we also want to encourage them to become future engineers and innovators by providing them with the required skills and mentorship,” explained Nimmi Kamal, General Manager, External Relations, Shell Malaysia.
In August 2017, Shell Malaysia introduced its STEM immersion programme called the #MyGeekMovement. With the support of the Ministry of Education, #MyGeekMovement selected about 225 secondary one students from fifteen schools across Malaysia. These students were given the opportunity to gain hands-on STEM learning, with a focus on technology.
#MyGeekMovement provides learning content that complements the existing school co-curricular structure with a long-term goal to increase the number of students opting for science stream, while boosting interest in science and technology amongst the younger generation.
The programme gives students insights into the world of technology and innovation and encourages them to be innovative. It enables them to continue to grow their technological, critical, creative and innovative skill sets and challenges them to design and innovate solutions for real-world problems.
For further information on Shell’s #MyGeekMovement, log on to www.shell.com.my