Funds required / Dana diperlukan: RM 2955
No. of students impacted / Bil. murid diimpak: 19
Name of school / Nama sekolah: SMK Gunsanad, Keningau
State / Negeri: Sabah
My students are participating in the Young Innovators Challenge 2017 that will be held in Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu on 20th May 2017 but we are facing financial constraint.
Out of 19 students (7 teams) who qualify, the school can only support 6 contestants (2 teams) for the programme. This is really disappointing because all the students show interest, and had given their 101% commitment in their inventions, plus their inventions are quite awesome and amazing for the rural students. They had also built their confidence level to present their projects and I believe they can wow the audiences and judges during the programme. But because of the lack of funds to send them, many of them have to give up their hopes of participating in this programme.
Most of the students in this school are from poor and average families, where their parents didn’t get the education in the tertiary level. However, these kids manage to think out of the box and invent the amazing projects. Some of them never had a chance to see other places besides Keningau, so I think this is a great opportunity for them to gain experience. They always think that since they are from rural area, they shouldn’t dream big. They also think that rural kids can never compete with the urban children. Some of them stay in the areas with limited facilities since their hometown is quite far from Keningau town.
The Young Innovators Challenge is a youth innovative programme with the objective to develop the critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and teamwork amongst the students.
During this programme, students have to work in groups and try to create something that might be useful in their daily lives. It may sound simple, but for me as a teacher in a rural area in Sabah, this programme is a great platform for my students to show their talent, their creativity, and ideas.
At the end of March, the school had conducted a workshop for presenting ideas of projects. Two weeks later, the students came up with their inventions, presented them and went through a Q&A session moderated by teachers. The students came up
with many wonderful ideas. Students accepted the challenge,
identified the problems and later on prototyped their solution on an embedded
system. The students were given the chance to choose which challenge statements
in the areas of quality, safety, energy, environment and convenience that they
would tackle. For example, when they choose to solve a problem in the home and
shelter domain, the challenge is focused on the environment and on how to prevent or
terminate pests with less harmful substances. They invented a
product, like an automatic rat trap using the embedded system (Arduino Kit).
My colleagues and I really want to send all 19 students since they had showed their passion and gave their full commitment. Plus, I can see some changes in their attitude. Some of them who are quite weak in their studies became so determined and gave their very best during the school's workshop. The students had built their confidence level during the workshop, so I’m afraid they will lost this confidence if I unable to bring them to the next level, which is the Young Innovators Challenge 2017 in Kota Kinabalu.
Kota Kinabalu is situated about 100km from our school in Keningau. We would have to spend 2 nights there as the preliminary level in UMS is being held on the 20th of May 2017.
We have just two weeks until the programme and we need to raise enough funds for the accommodation cost, the
transport cost and the cost of the students' food and drink.
Time is of the essence and we really need your help please! With your help, I really hope we will be able to give this wonderful opportunity of attending this programme to all 19 students who have qualified. The students and I will very much appreciate every little contribution that brings my students closer to this dream of theirs.