Inventors in the making

MIRI: Primary and secondary schoolchildren were given a perfect platform to showcase their creativity during the 7th Amphibious Electric Vehicle Design competition at SK Anchi Miri here.

Participants were required to design and construct a battery-powered electric vehicle that is able to function on land and water.

Senior category winners from SMK Merbau said team spirit was the reason for their first place win in the competition.

Qarlnessoel Andel Ak Denis spoke on behalf of his team members, who are all Form Three students, when he described their win as unexpected.

“We only put the finishing touches to our vehicle a day before the competition,” he said.

SK St Joseph teacher Kuan Pei Li, whose team won the junior category, said she was nervous when her pupils faced a tiebreaker during the finals.

“They have been working on designing and building the electric vehicle for two months,” she said.

SMK Merbau Senior category winners (from left) Qarlnessoel, Dexter Wong Kian Hao and Nooril Azzalea Muhd Azlie posing with their teacher Muhammad Aiman Zulkifeli.
Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, who launched the event, said it was a good way to encourage creative thinking.

“This competition is a good start in exposing students to the wonders of technology,” said Ting.

A total of 14 primary schools and 20 secondary schools participated in the competition.

The senior category first and second runner-up places went to SMK Agama.

Junior category participants getting ready to battle it out.
SJK © Chung Hua Miri and SK Miri took first and second runner-up places in the junior category, respectively.

Best design went to SK Anchi Miri (Junior category) and SMK Agama Miri (Senior category).

SK Bintang and SMK Lutong won best engineering in their respective categories.

The competition was organised by Quicksmart Centre, Myrobotz and the Miri Young Innovators and Technocrates (MyIT).