Photo -Twelve talented Malaysian students to represent country at Intel ISEF 2014.
Semiconductor firm Intel has sent 12 innovative Malaysian school children to join more than 1,600 students from around the world who will compete for more than US$4 million worth of awards and scholarships in the finals of this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair [ISEF], which is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in the U.S.
During the send-off ceremony in Penang, Intel's government affairs director Abdul Rahman Abu Haniffa said ISEF provides an annual opportunity for young scientists to share ideas, and show science projects to an international audience.
"Something special happens to people at the Intel ISEF," said Abdul. "Students are inspired to pursue their passion for science, math, and engineering. Teachers return to their schools energized and motivated. Many participants who come to Intel ISEF find it to be a life-changing experience."
Two of the 12 students, Ain Adibah Roslailee, and Farah Hanin Mustapha from Kolej Tunku Kurshiah, Seremban, were looking to reduce the level of carbon monoxide in the environment when they started on their Super Spider Sieve project. Their invention that involves making use of Chlorophytum Comosum (spider plant) in the air filter of a vehicle's exhaust is one of eight scientific projects by Malaysian students that will be presented at ISEF 2014 during 11-16 May 2014).
"The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is a great platform for Malaysian students to showcase their talents in innovation and compete with other students on a global stage. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and we at Intel are excited to be able to be part of the grooming process. Malaysia's finalists have done a fantastic job with their science projects and I wish them all the best for the competition." Abdul said.
In previous years, Malaysian delegates to Intel ISEF have had some success in sweeping up major awards in competition. In 2012, Benjamin Wong Ngie Xiong from SMK Batu Lintang, Sarawak won a third place award worth US$1,000 for his project describing a novel method to purify rural water sources using jackfruit seeds.
Last year, Nur Liyana Johari from Tuanku Syed Putra Secondary Science School, Perlis won two awards worth US$5,000 and US$1,000 respectively for her project entitled 'BIO-OIL: The Use of Specially Made Catalyst' while Sarah Wong Jia Xin from SMK Batu Lintang, Sarawak won a third award worth US$1,000 for her project entitled 'Use of Bio-sorbent for Removal of Colour and Heavy Metal from Dyed Waste Water'.
"It is my privilege to be here today to witness the sending off ceremony for some of Malaysia's brightest young scientific minds in the upcoming Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014. I congratulate all those who have been shortlisted to represent the country in this prestigious competition," said Tn. Hj. Zainudin bin Abas, director, co-curricular and arts division, Ministry of Education at the send-off ceremony.
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