Bintulu schools are the top winners of the 2022 Shell NXplorers Sarawak challenge
Nov 25, 2022
Miri – Team Synex from SMK Kidurong was awarded the state champion for Shell NXplorers Malaysia 2022 Sarawak Final, Shell’s STEM related competition which challenges school students to work in teams and apply NXthinking to design and develop solutions to real-world problems within the nexus of food-water-energy. IT Warriors from SMK Bintulu emerged first runner-up in this state challenge.
Both these schools will represent Sarawak at the Shell NXplorers Malaysia 2022 National Final, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, on 30 November, 2022.
“Science and engineering is at the heart of our business and critical not just to economic and social progress, but also towards a sustainable future. We aim to contribute towards increasing the number of STEM graduates and see today’s Malaysian students discover solutions that will address the challenges the world faces. We believe that this begins in the classroom, which is why we are investing in our youths, equipping them with the right skills and tools, and developing future innovators and engineers via Shell NXplorers Malaysia,” shared Choong Yen Li, General Manager of Sarawak Gas, Shell Malaysia Upstream.
Team Synex which comprises of twins Rayyan Bin Razif, Rayhana Binti Razif and Nuradriana Maisarah Binti Mohamad Faizsal came up with an invention called T-REC, which was inspired by the call to improve the use of natural resources within the fashion industry. The T-REC app helps to manage the interactions between those who want to recycle and the parties that can help manage used or old clothing. The App is also connected to and supported by a T-Rec Bin which is essentially a vending machine-like mechanism which rewards the users who send the recycled materials directly to the receivers.
“We are truly thankful to have won the state challenge and want to thank Shell for providing us with a platform to learn on the integration of thinking, problem solving, planning and most importantly, practising the Theory of Change in helping address sustainability related issues. We look forward to participating in the national challenge and hope to make our state proud,” shared Team Synex’s teammates who stood tall together when asked about being the state champion.
The first runner up, IT Warriors from SMK Bintulu has Yiek Siew Hao, Sean Lee Jia Roung and Christalyn Siaw Ern Qi in the team. Their invention, EZ Park is an IoT-based smart parking system and app that helps drivers to find their indoor parking easier and faster. EZ Park app allows drivers to know exactly where to park their car by receiving real-time data from sensors connected to embedded systems (Arduino) using Bluetooth. Drivers using this app will not only be able to save time but most importantly, minimise greenhouse gas emissions.
Eight schools competed in Shell NXplorers Sarawak and this year’s participating schools were SMK Kidurong, SMK Riam, SMK Bintulu, SMK Pujut, SMK Baru Bintulu, SMK Lutong, SMK Singai and SMK Asyakirin.
With the support of the Ministry of Education, Shell NXplorers Malaysia worked with over 1000 secondary school students from 26 schools across Malaysia. These students were given the opportunity to gain hands-on STEM learning, with a focus on technology. In Sarawak, 700 students were selected, while a peer-to-peer coaching was also implemented to share the knowledge with the larger student community of about 12,000 students from all participating schools in Sarawak.
Shell NXplorers is a global education initiative that empowers young people to address complex challenges faced by the world today and become agents of change by providing them with the tools, methodologies and skills needed to tackle real-world problems, through collaboration, innovation and interdisciplinary approaches.
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L to R: Professor Dr Tuong-Thuy Vu, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University who was one of the judges; Adriana Maisarah Faizsal; Rayhana Razif; Rayyan Razif; Choong Yen Li (General Manager of Sarawak Gas, Sarawak Shell Berhad) and Dr Ling Mei Teng, Assistant Director of Planning Sector, Miri District Education Office who was another judge.
Team Synex presenting their project, T-Rec, to the panel of judges.
Team IT Warriors secured the runner-up position with their project EZ Park. L to R: Christalyn Siaw Ern Qi, Sean Lee Jia Roung, Yiek Siew Hao.
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