KOTA KINABALU: Three Form Four students from a secondary school here won the Young Inventors Award at the state-level National Intellectual Property Award 2015 with their ‘Touch Sensor Switch’.
SMK Bandaraya agricultural science students Waldo Michael, Elsie Marlanne Wilfred and Ainelly Ajuin staved off six other finalists to advance to the national level.
Leader Waldo told reporters after receiving the award today that the idea for their innovation came from the normal switch.
“If we press the switch with a wet finger, we will get an electric shock. Our innovation is to avoid that and is more practical and environmental-friendly,” he said.
The group and their teacher received RM500, a trophy and certificate of appreciation.
The second prize was awarded to SMK Mat Salleh, Ranau students for their invention, ‘Racun Serangga Bedung Semulajadi’, while third prize went to SMK St Michael, Penampang students for their invention, ‘Simple Slide Peg’.
They received RM400 and RM300 respectively, as well as a trophy and certificate of appreciation each.
Meanwhile, Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), Sabah director Law Sha Gek said the finalists and winners’ innovations possessed quality and have the potential to be commercialised.