RE: INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUNG INVENTORS CHALLENGE (YIC) 2020
It is with great pleasure, on behalf of Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI); we would like to invite students from your schools to take part in Young Inventors Challenge 2020. The challenge is team based and the team members can come from multiple schools. The prestigious event is based on proposals received, and the shortlisted best proposals will be chosen by more than 100 expert judges. These teams will then be invited to participate in the grand finale.
The Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) is a non-governmental and non-profit oriented organization (NGO) working towards empowering young childrens’ interest in science through the act of doing where learning is achieved from discovering scientific principles themselves. In order to achieve this vision we have experimented with various projects and have successfully gained traction on programmes such as the Science Fair for Young Children (SFYC), Young Inventors Challenge (YIC), Creative and Critical Thinking Camp (CCTC), ASTI Leap Challenge (ALC), “On the Wings of Fire Series” and ASTI outreach programmes. Please refer to our website www.asti.org.my for more information regarding our projects.
In particular, YIC requires teams of up to 3-5 members to put their minds together and come up with an invention. The purpose of the programme is to build and encourage the creative and inventive capability of young people. We started this programme in 2013 as a pilot where 12 teams participated from 12 schools and the response have been remarkable ever since – we have been growing almost exponentially with over 150 shortlisted teams participating every year.
YIC teams are then provided training using videos and Facebook live from our expert trainers and innovators. We see YIC as the first step for budding inventors to go on and be inventors and innovators of the future. Hence former YIC participants have won many other awards in other international arena. Last year we had applicants from over 10 countries including China, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and many more.
Among the many achievements in running YIC for the past seven consecutive years are:
- The phenomenal participation growth includes international schools from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Timor Leste and China.
- In 2017, 2018 and 2019, YIC received international recognition from the Malaysian Ministry of Education.
- YIC continually reaches out to participants from more countries.
- YIC was shortlisted from over 1509 educational educators from 39 countries by QS rating agency for the Reimagine Education Award.
This year, YIC 2020 will be our 8th year and we would like to expand the competition even wider to invite more teams from various countries. The theme for this year is “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)” and the guidelines for participation are shown below:
Step 1: Form a Team of 4 or 5 people
Step 2: Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) /Fax (03-7872 9551) your team’s details with the following information shown below by 29 February 2020
|SCHOOL NAME & STATE:|
|MENTOR/TEACHER CONTACT NUMBER:|
|MENTOR/TEACHER EMAIL ID:|
|NO||PARTICIPANT’S NAME||IC NUMBER/PASSPORT NUMBER|
Step 3: ASTI emails out Young Inventors Challenge Students Manual and Proposal Writing Online Video
Step 4: Develop the invention proposal following the format given in the Students Manual and
Proposal Writing Online Video
Step 5: Submit invention proposal to ASTI by 28 March 2020
Step 6: Shortlisted teams will be notified via email by 8 May 2020 and required to pay participation fee of USD 100 (RM 400) per team within 2 weeks of the notification (Booth, Food, Certificates and Testimonials will be provided for all participants
Step 7: Shortlisted teams will be guided with Online Training and Facebook Live Training from May –June 2020
Step 8: 3 months to develop inventions
Step 9: Invention prototypes will be showcased at the Grand Finale in September 2020
Please refer to the Young Inventors Challenge Flyers for more information. Scan the QR Code below for More Details and REGISTER
If you are interested in taking part, reply to us with the details of teams and participants as per table above in Step 2 by 29 February 2020. Your school can submit as many proposals as you like (but 1 team, 1 proposal only).
On behalf of ASTI, we are hoping that you could disseminate this information to your teachers and we look forward to your positive response and participation.