The Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) working towards empowering young children through various projects such as Science Fair for Young Children (SFYC), Young Inventors Challenge (YIC), and Creative and Critical Thinking Camp (CCTC).
Science Fair for Young Children (SFYC) is a project designed for primary school students, and about 200,000 participants have taken part in this initiative at the school, regional and national level. Following SFYC success, a competition at a more advanced level was proposed in the form of the Young Inventors Challenge (YIC).
YIC requires teams of 4-5 members to put their minds together and come up with an invention. The Young Inventors Challenge 2013 (YIC 2013) was conducted as a pilot project, themed “GREEN INVENTIONS: IDEAS ON SUSTAINABILITY”. A total of 12 teams from all over the country participated in this pilot project, showcasing their green inventions.
In 2014, the YIC was open once again to secondary school students aged 13 to 17 years old and we encouraged the teams to be in groups of 3-5 students to come together in the inventive process. We encouraged the teams to be diverse in nature. The purpose of the programme is to build and encourage the creative and inventive capability of young people. The theme for YIC 2014 was kept the same; GREEN INVENTIONS: IDEAS ON SUSTAINABILITY.
For 2015, ASTI expanded the competition more and the theme was INVENTIONS TO HELP A MILLION: TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. A total of 145 proposals from various teams were received and 63 teams were shortlisted and trained to participate in the Grand Finale. The final competition was held at Sunway University on 19th September 2015. There were 52 teams from all over the country who attended the Grand Finale.
In 2016, the theme was INVENTION TO SERVE… and the project was implemented in 3 phases as below:
Phase One: The student’s proposal submission, we had received 204 proposals from 292 registrations. We have shortlisted 80 teams to participate in the Grand Finale.
Phase Two: Students Workshop session for selected participants, the shortlisted teams were given training which was held in Penang, Johor, Pahang, KL& Selangor, Sabah, Sarawak and Philippines.
Phase Three: Final Competition was held at Sunway University on 15 October 2016.
For YIC 2017, ASTI would like to expand the competition even wider where we target 100 teams from Malaysian and ASEAN countries in conjunction with Malaysia being the Secretariat for the ASEAN education Ministries, as informed to us by the Deputy Minister of Education, Malaysia.
- To develop future inventors
- To give an opportunity to young and future inventors to develop and showcase their inventions.
- To help young inventors to experience the inventive cycle, from conceptualisation to product/prototype.
- To introduce the idea of “using inventions as a tool to make a positive change in society”.
- To give opportunities to young people who are inventive to promote their ideas to the outside world.
- Produce an original invention and receive recognition for participating in the event.
- Meet and network with other inventors who share similar passion.
- Develop creative and innovative thinking skills.
- Develop teamwork dynamics to solve problems.
- Use resources such as the internet, library and experts to hone their research skills.
- Learn to document their invention project.
- Enhance self-esteem and confidence.
- Acquire public presentation and writing skills.
YIC has seen a phenomenal growth in the last 4 years of operation. The growth of YIC is shown in graphs below:
- Young people aged between 13 to 17 (Form 1 to 5)
- A team of 4 – 5 young people
- Special provision for teams made of different races (highly encouraged)
- No. of participants:
67 Teams x 5 Persons per Team = 335 Participants
100 Teams x 5 Persons per Team = 500 Participants