RCE Penang - 2019

Malaysia International Young Inventors Olympiad (MIYIO) 2019
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Malaysia International Young Inventors Olympiad (MIYIO) 2019
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Penang
Contributing organization(s) : 
RCE Penang
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Ministry of Education Malaysia
Fully Residential and Excellence Schools Management Division
Kedah State Education Office
Kuala Muda Yan District Education Office
Centre for Global Sustainability Studies
Universiti Teknologi Mara
Universiti Malaysia Perlis
SIRIM
IPHARM
The Jerai Hotel
Sungai Petani Municipal Council
Kedah Educational Technology Division
Parents Teachers Schools Association (PIBG)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Professor Dr. Munirah Ghazali
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Name: 
Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohammad Zohir Ahmad @ Shaari
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia
E-mail: 
Name: 
Wan Sharipahmira Mohd Zain
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Format of project: 
Report, Video
Language of project: 
Malay Language and English
Date of submission:
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Additional resources: 
https://www.facebook.com/RCEPenangUSM/
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
Malaysia
Location(s): 
Penang, Malaysia
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Ground Floor, Block D07,
Sejahtera Tower,
11800 USM,
Penang,Malaysia
Ecosystem(s):
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Malaysian International Young Inventors Olympiad (MIYIO)
MIYIO is an annual competition since 2014. The competition was based on students addressing/solving a problem through scientific experimental research, producing authentic innovations and specifically, the objectives are:
i. Provide a platform for students to develop problem-solving skills.
ii. To develop students scientific skills and potential related to the chosen problem.
iii. Promote students’ social and communication skills.
iv. Elevate student's ability and knowledge of science and engineering.
v. Encourage teachers to engage students in the latest innovations through this competition and prioritize aspects of sustainability.
vi. As a platform to expand the activities of the Innovation and Design Club, SM Science Sultan Mohamad Jiwa's Science Club.
vii. To encourage a network of cooperation between members of the ESD Network (RSEN) and the Sejahtera Club under the management of the Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
MIYIO has become a flagship program under the Residential School Division, Ministry of Education as an annual program. MIYIO was able to attract more than 800 teachers and students from Malaysia and also Thailand, Iraq, Filipina, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Nigeria dan Amerika Syarikat. More than 300 projects were exhibited for the competition (143 from International and 175 projects from Malaysia).
Creation of a platform for Continous engagement and networking between university, schools and the stakeholders known as RSEN.
Contents
Status: 
Completed
Period: 
April, 2019
Rationale: 
The project required students working in a group to identify a problem in society and then propose solutions using scientific methodology: Plan, Resource, Design, Experiment, Analyse, Conclude, Reflect, Improve, Finalize experiment, Report, and Present. These processes required the students to innovate using sustainable elements and encouraged the students to continuously undertake scientific research to sharpen their thinking skills as well as viewed the problem and solution from the perspectives of the 17 SDGs.
The reporting and presenting of the projects take place during the MIYIO competition. The MIYIO competition approach provides the following advantage for University School partnership:
1. Allow schools to organize an international event when university collaborates.
2. Capacity building for teachers as they experience organizing international competition: communicate with teachers from schools in Malaysia and also schools from other countries
3. Capacity building for students too as they are also involved in organizing the competition
4. RCE network provide a smooth platform to engage schools which are members of other RCEs
5. Quality of the projects presented- judges are from university and related industry. Judges are faculty members from various disciplines and have wide experience in judging innovative competitions
6. List the number of projects and participants
7. For the competition itself, there is much interest from students both in Malaysia and Asia pacific.
8. The theme s for the competition are: medical, electronics
9. The process of preparing for the competition enhance students communication skills, ability to present
10. The problem-solving process itself that the students undertake - part of 21st-century learning - confidence, collaboration, creativity

Some example of projects from 2019 MIYIO competition include Biogas-Food Waste, Heatshield- Kapok Fibre, Toilet Fragrance – Pandan Leaves, Biodegradable Plastic - Corn Cob, Sorbents – Walnut Shells, Alternative Medicine - Olive Stone, Diarrhoea Prevention For Sheep- Apollinaris Herb, Biodiesel- Using Oat (Avena Sativa) Oil and To Fight Tobacco Addiction - Natural Herb Called Hypericum
Objectives: 
i. Provide a platform for students to develop problem-solving skills.
ii. To develop students scientific skills and potential related to the chosen problem.
iii. Promote students’ social and communication skills.
iv. Elevate students' ability and knowledge of science and engineering.
v. Encourage teachers to engage students in the latest innovations through this competition and prioritize aspects of sustainability.
vi. As a platform to expand the activities of the Innovation and Design Club, SM Science Sultan Mohamad Jiwa's Science Club.
vii. To encourage a network of cooperation between members of the ESD Network (RSEN) and the Sejahtera Club under the management of the Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Activities and/or practices employed: 
The competition was based on scientific experimental research, producing authentic innovations.
The project has empowered the students to execute experiments that involve a meticulous process:
• Plan
• Resource
• Design
• Experiment
• Analyse
• Conclude
• Reflect
• Improve
• Finalize experiment
• Report
• Present
Size of academic audience: 
More than 500 schools (locals & International)
Results: 
Symbiotic partnerships through the formation of stakeholders- university- schools -community partnership.
The project has triumphantly:
•Unleashed the talent of students in the field of research and development of innovation and engineering.
•Developed the scientific potential and skills of students in contemporary research.
This project supported sustainable practices and implementations.
Lessons learned: 
To support the SDG goals by providing a platform for the generation of
•Education for Sustainable Development
•Life-Long Learning
•Inclusive Education


The project:
•Required the students to innovate using sustainable elements
•Encouraged the students to continuously undertake scientific research to sharpen their thinking skills
•Encouraged participation from 17 transnational disciplines
Key messages: 
The competition was based on scientific experimental research, producing authentic innovations and using sustainable materials was pre-conditioned for the project.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
This yearly program has been held since 2014 to date and will continue to thrive under the supervision of RCE Penang. MIYIO is an annual school competition whereby university and school collaborate to organize this event. So far, a total of 6 MIYIO competitions has taken place from 2014 to 2019.
RCE Penang also has 2 initiatives by providing a platform to Sejahtera Schools Club and Regional Sejahtera ESD Network (RSEN) members to participate in this competition.
Funding: 
Division, Ministry of Education, Malaysia, MyIPO. Cost: MYR 500 000 over 5 years.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Indirect
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Direct
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Indirect
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Direct
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Direct
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
Direct
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
Direct
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
Indirect
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Direct
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Direct
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Direct
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Direct
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
Direct
Theme
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Indirect
Traditional Knowledge  
Direct
Agriculture 
Direct
Curriculum Development 
Direct
Ecotourism 
Direct
Forests/Trees 
Direct
Plants & Animals 
Direct
Waste 
Direct
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Direct
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Direct
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Direct
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Direct