PHOTO (from left) YB Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Minister of Education I and Prakash Mallya, country manager, Intel Malaysia viewing the student exhibits during a recent Intel ISEF Meet & Greet.
KUALA LUMPUR, 23 MAY 2011 - Eight Malaysian students will compete in technology firm Intel's annual pre-college science competition that offers more than US$4 million worth in awards and scholarships.
The Malaysians will show their innovative science projects along with about 1,500 other promising young scientists and innovators from around the world at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2011, said Intel Malaysia country manager, Prakash Mallya.
"Intel ISEF is a great platform for Malaysian students to share ideas with their peers and showcase their innovative projects at a global level," said Mallya. "This annual event, which is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional support from other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors, underlines our continued commitment in cultivating the next generation of scientists and innovators in support of the country's national agenda to develop a knowledge-driven and high-income economy."
"Malaysia's student representatives will be vying for the major awards at Intel ISEF by presenting their projects to the judges," he said. "These include an individual student project by Brandon Pow Anak Brownie from SMK [school] Batu Lintang in Kuching that demonstrates how crustacean and molluscan shells can be used to remove heavy metals from waste water."
"Meanwhile, a group project by Haleeda binti Hilmi and Nurul Amira binti Salehin from Tunku Kurshiah College in Seremban will showcase a portable kit that uses an enzyme from the brains of the local 'ikan puyu' [a species of fish] to quickly detect insecticides, heavy metals and other unidentified toxic compounds in water," said Mallya, who added that Tunku Kurshiah College is no stranger to Intel ISEF, having won the second place in the Special Award from the United States Coast Guard in 2010 for a team project on using ´lalang´[coarse local grass] as an absorbent boom to counter oil spills."
"The students for individual projects are Brandon Pow Anak Brownie, Mohamad Syazwan bin Mohamed Zafarulla, Zawin Najah Binti Zulkefli and Mohammad Dzarul Hafiz bin Dol Malek," said Mallya. "While the students for the group projects are Haleeda binti Hilmi, Nurul Amira binti Salehin, Muhammad Asyraf Arif bin Mohd Fauzi, and Nur Hazirah Binti Anuar."
"The Ministry of Education acknowledges the need for Malaysian students to excel in technical subjects. Innovation is a crucial element for any country that aspires to thrive in a knowledge-based economy, and Intel ISEF provides that opportunity for students to focus on creative and innovative literacy," said YB Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Minister of Education I.
Intel ISEF finalists are selected annually from 443 affiliated fairs around the world. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by hundreds of judges from diverse scientific disciplines.
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