Yayasan PETRONAS Announces Students’ Commercially-viable Environmental Solutions

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 December 2019 — Yayasan PETRONAS today crowned SMK Riam, Sarawak the champion of its Sentuhan Harapan–All About Youth (AAY) — Chairman’s Circle Award, for developing a commercially-viable prototype, submitted at the beginning of the competition in April 2019.

The school was among the five finalist teams from Johor, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak vying for the RM30,000 grand prize. The secondary school students were judged on innovation, relevance, sustainable impact and commercial viability of the projects, based on the AAY 2019 theme  on ‘Reducing Carbon Emissions for a Better Future.’

AAY, through the Chairman’s Circle Award, provides pathways for bright students to explore entrepreneurship while equipping them with capabilities to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

At the Award presentation Chairman of PETRONAS and Yayasan PETRONAS Datuk Ahmad Nizam Salleh said transforming ‘think into thing’ is no easy feat and The Chairman’s Circle Award presented the students with the real possibility of seeing their projects in the market.

“Through programmes like AAY, we are advancing the platforms and pathways for enabling students to realise their potential. They engaged with businesses, received feedback from social innovators and interacted with industry leaders. We believe that social progress is inclusive. We hope to create a new breed of entrepreneurs who have sustainability and community at the core of what they do – demonstrating that together, we are enriching lives for a sustainable future,” he said.

This year, 50 schools with 1,000 students in five states participated in AAY2019 in search for environmental solutions.

Magdalena Suling Jalong, team leader from SMK Riam, Sarawak said,“We are excited to win the Chairman’s Circle Award, and are grateful for Yayasan PETRONAS for giving us the platform to develop our project. This programme allowed us to connect with subject matter experts, entrepreneurs and social innovators, giving us invaluable experience that we certainly can carry through into our future.”

Desmond Sandum, a teacher from SMK Tebobon, Sabah said, “We are proud of our students who have come so far since the beginning of the programme. They have gained new skills,  more confident in their abilities and are more enthusiastic about learning. This is certainly not the end, and we are sure the students will continue developing the project once we are home.”

During the National Finals in August this year, Sekolah Menengah (SM) Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu Kemaman was selected as the champion. As the winner of the National Finals, the team took home RM20,000 in prize money and automatic entry into the Chairman’s Circle Award.

AAY is supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change.

All About Youth 2019 Chairman’s Circle Finalists and Project Description

Name of SchoolProject & Description
SM Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu Kemaman, Terengganu (Winner of AAY 2019 National Finals)CO₂NSER is a tool that detects heat signatures (i.e.
temperature & infrared) and intense smoke emission in
the environment. It then sends warning notifications via SMS to local authorities to prevent the spread of
forest fires.
SMK Tun Habab, JohorPELTZ is an alternative air conditioner that does not
rely on chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gasses but uses the
‘Pelting effect’ to cool surrounding areas, thereby
reducing carbon emissions.
SMK Tebobon, SabahI-CaRe is a smart product with dual purposes – to
reduce carbon emissions and reduce carbon levels in
the air. The usage of I-CaRe makes a room more
SMK Riam, SarawakRiam Xplug is a device that alerts a user to unplug
their gadgets and automatically shuts off electricity
after three minutes.
SMK Teja Putra, TerengganuKEMELAM is an eco-friendly innovation created bycultivating palm oil bunch waste into usable paper and food packaging for a more sustainable and green

About AAY 2019

This year, 50 schools in five states – Johor, Melaka, Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu – competed in AAY 2019. Each team received RM1,000 seed funding, a Technology Toolbox worth RM1,250 and mentoring by PETRONAS volunteers to develop their project over eleven weeks.

Since 2014, AAY has reached more than 200 schools and 4,600 students. More than 150 PETRONAS volunteers or ‘buddies’ have nurtured, tutored and motivated participants. As a result, 200 impactful community projects have been successfully developed.

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