Fadillah: Turn ideas into real inventions

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KUALA LUMPUR: With 2012 being the year of National Innovation Movement and the year of Science, students with creative and innovative ideas should come up with inventions and put forth their ideas to the Government.
At the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Challenge 2011 national finals yesterday, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof said the competition was a good platform to increase the interest in Science and Maths, but also encouraged participants to look beyond that.
“I hope that those who have participated in this competition would continue to use whatever they have acquired from here to come up with other inventions in the future.
“Who knows, their invention could go on to receive the Cipta 1Malaysia Award (C1PTA), a prestigious award given to the most creative and innovative inventions by students and youths at the national level,” he said. 
He said the general knowledge element in the competition also encouraged reading beyond school textbooks.
“What really makes this competition stand out is that it envelopes all the areas of student development and encourages a thirst for knowledge way beyond the textbook,” he said.
RHB Capital Bhd managing director Kellee Kam said: “In today's highly competitive environment, students need a way to differentiate themselves from their peers. To be successful, they must unlock their creative potential and come up with innovative solutions to existing problems.”
Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Ho Kay Tat said: “The challenge hopes to inject fun and excitement into the learning of these two subjects, through the use of bare facts, IQ, deft minds and on-the-spot creativity.
“The competition also aims to increase the younger generation's general knowledge and understanding of the happenings around them.”
Organised by The Star and RHB Banking Group, the competition tested students' knowledge on Science, Maths and General Knowledge.
Throughout the two-day finals, champions from the 14 states competed in three rounds of challenges the hands-on (model-building), minds-on (creative problem solving) and multiple choice questions on Saturday.
The top five teams from both the lower and upper secondary categories then moved on to the oral presentation and the buzzer quiz challenge yesterday.
SMK (L) Methodist Kuala Lumpur and Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar from Johor emerged victorious in the lower- and upper-secondary categories respectively.
For the lower-secondary category, the teams from SMK Damansara Jaya (Selangor) and Penang Free School bagged the second and third prizes, while third and fourth runners-up were teams from Kolej Yayasan Saad (Malacca) and Kolej DPAH Abdillah (Sarawak).
In the upper-secondary category, SMK Jalan Arang (Sarawak) and SMK Sultan Ismail 2 (Terengganu) emerged as first and second runners-up. Third and fourth runners-up were from Sri Cempaka Damansara (Federal Territory) and SMJK Chung Ling (Penang).
The winners walked away with cash prizes worth RM10,000, RM5,000, RM4,000, RM3,000 and RM1,500 respectively in both categories.
The competition was held at the Putra World Trade Centre.

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