A group of students from SMK Panji Alam, Terengganu recently nabbed four awards at the 11th European Exhibition of Creativity and Innovation (Euroinvent 2019)
The team - consisting of five Form 5 students - beat 635 teams from 100 countries in the ordinary school category.
Euroinvent 2019 was held at the Palace of Culture in Iași, Romania from 16 to 18 May.
Front Desk reported that of the four awards, 'Team Inovasi SMKPA' managed to win the 'Special Prize Award Euroinvent', which is also the highest honour at Euroinvent.
The other three awards include the 'Gold Medal Award Euroinvent', 'Special Award Corneliu Group Romania', and 'Special Honour of Toronto Invention Society Canada'.
The team's invention is a product to treat water that is made entirely out of natural materials
Named 'Pads Clay For Dyes Treatment Water Treatment' (Pads-Clay), the disc is used to treat water that has been polluted by use of dyes in the batik manufacturing industry, reported Bernama.
The disc is made out of straw and clay.
According to Front Desk, about 99% of straw has antibacterial properties that not only treats water but also stops pollution.
It only took the team three months to prepare Pads-Clay, with assistance from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Faculty of Industrial Design lecturer Dr Rahman Hassan
According to the team's mentoring teacher, five companies have indicated their interest in adopting Pads-Clay.
The five companies are from Canada, USA, and Croatia.
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