Team CLB B from SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth made their school proud by winning the gold medal with their project at the Penang state level Faraday Challenge 2019. The team, made up of Moo Khye Henn (15), Beh Shao Hern (15), Tan Hong Hui (14), Chin Shao-Hong (15) and Ooi Kwong Yang (15), beat 28 other teams from Penang states with their invention of a foldable sofa.
The challenge, organized by the IET Malaysia Penang branch, carried the theme “Smarter Home, Smarter Living”. The participants were tasked with developing a prototype that reflects the technologies of the latest smart home trend using Maker UNO development kits sponsored by Cytron Technologies.
Moving beyond the idea of technology being only accessible to engineering-based people, the secondary school students got to unleash their potential and imagination in the creation of products that solve real life problems. In addition to promoting STEM education, the challenge complemented Malaysia’s existing school co-curricular structure.
First launched in October 2018, with the support of the Ministry of Education, the Penang state Faraday Challenge 2019 involved 140 students from 16 secondary schools across Penang state. The Faraday Challenge 2019 was officially launched by Ir. Dr. Khor Jeen Chee, the chairman of the national level Faraday Challenge 2019.
“It was hoped that the challenge would be an eye-opening experience for the participants to expose them to the challenge of designing and making prototype solutions to real life engineering issues. Students could apply their prior knowledge of science and technology in solving problems with the opportunity of receiving STEM advice from industrial people,” said by Mr Tan Earn Tzeh, chairman of Penang State Faraday Challenge.
“I was impressed by the projects developed by the students. They demonstrated creativity and enthusiasm in building a comprehensive smart home solution within 4 hours,” he added.
The top three winners walked away with cash prizes, medals, trophies and certificates. These finalists will represent Penang state at the national level which will be held at Honeywell International Sdn. Bhd. The winner of the national level will be representing Malaysia to the International Level Faraday Challenge 2019 in Brunei on 5 October 2019.
For further updates and to view photos and videos from the challenge please view the IET Malaysia Network's Facebook page.