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 for the Alumni was proposed in the form of the Young Inventors Challenge (YIC).
YIC requires teams of up to 5 members to put their minds together and come up with an invention. The Young Inventors Challenge 2013 (YIC 2013) theme was “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 of different races to come together in the inventive process. 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. After the initial publicity and acceptance of statement of interest from teams, the students were given the proposal writing manual to write a proposal for their invention.
For YIC 2015, a total of 145 proposals from various teams were received and 63 teams were shortlisted to participate in the Grand Finale. A workshop session for the selected participants and their mentors were held. The shortlisted teams were given training in 7 locations across the country, which were; Penang, Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, KL & Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak. 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.
- 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.
Besides that, the 1st Runner up of Young Inventors Challenge 2013 has participated in International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) and has won Silver Medal in both Malaysia Young Inventors Competition (MYIC) and Asian Young Inventors Exhibition (AYIE).
The Champion of YIC 2014 has participated and won the Silver Medal in Malaysian Technology Expo which was held on 12th – 14th February 2015 at Putra World Trade Centre.
The 2nd Place Winner of Young Inventors Challenge 2013 has participated in World Invention Innovation Contest (WIC) 2015 in Korea and Won Gold Medal for their invention “The Agro Pot”.
- 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)