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09 November 2018 16:05
13 Teams Compete to Produce Useful Technological Innovations

13 Teams Compete to Produce Useful Technological Innovations

Thirteen teams from various top schools in Central Java and Yogyakarta competed to present the best innovations in a contest held by the Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW) Electrical Engineering and Computer Faculty (FTEK) at the University Hall, on Wednesday (31 October). The Innovation Contest for high school/ vocational high school students had the theme “Developing Useful Technology for the Environment”.

When met during the contest, the head of the committee, Witaradya, explained that this activity was held to support high school/ vocational high school students to create innovations that have an effect on society. Through this activity, he also wanted to encourage students, in order that they can produce innovative products, not just ideas.

In this competition, Witaradya said that five winners were chosen: three champions; Best Design; and Best Innovation. There were three judges in this competition, including two FTEK lecturers, Deddy Susilo, M.Eng., and F. Dalu Setiaji, M.T., as well as a UKSW Biology Faculty lecturer, Dra. Lusiawati Dewi, M.Sc.

“To be able to receive high scores, each participant had to give the best performance during the expo and presentation evaluations. Besides that, the grading criteria in this competition were based on the originality, esthetic, environmentally friendly, and functionality aspects in the prototype that are arranged, as well as the poster grading that considered the composition and visual beauty,” clarified Witaradya.

Meanwhile, during the presentation, the participants were evaluated based on the systematic explanation, communicative aspect, interactive aspect, presentation etiquette, and time allotment. Besides that, question responses, ability to defend one’s opinion, and teamwork were also part of the evaluation criteria.

The contest participants were from Public High School 1 Salatiga, Public Vocational High School 2 Salatiga, Public Vocational High School 3 Salatiga, Christian High School 1 Salatiga, Kebon Dalem High School Semarang, and Kolose De Britto High School Yogyakarta.

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In this day-long competition, students presented their best innovations. For instance, the team from Public High School 1 Salatiga made an automatic drying system. This innovation used an Internet based Arduino Uno microcontroller rain sensor and a cellphone as a control instrument. Just by pressing a button on a cellphone, clothing can be put into an available container, and the clothes will come out again to be dried when the sun is bright.

Just as interesting, students from Public Vocational High School 2 Salatiga made an innovation through an instrument that can function to turn on and turn off a house lamp by using the homeowner’s cellphone. The best aspect about this product is that it can also be used when the owner is out of town.

From all of the innovations presented, this competition was won by the Kappa Delta team from Kebon Dalem High School, which made the innovation “Vertical Integrated Livestock System”, which can manage land limitation problems, minimize the effects of environmental pollution, as well as improve livestock productivity by using biogas reactor technology, solar panels, a gravitation cooling system, an ozone generation, and others.

The 2nd place winner was from Public Vocational High School 3 Salatiga with the innovation “Automatic Fish Feeder”, which was an automatic fish feeding instrument. This innovation also was the favorite because it received the most votes from the visitors.

The 3rd place finish was earned by the Berkah team from Public Vocational High School 2 Salatiga with an automatic trash bin innovation. Meanwhile, other representatives from Public Vocational High School 2 also won in the Best Innovation category and the Best Design category.

All of the winners received a trophy, certificate, and a cash prize with a total of over five million rupiah. Witaradya hopes that in the future, high school/ vocational high school students will be more motivated to develop technology research for the betterment of the nation.

“Now there are a lot of discussions about technology, so that starting from middle school, students should at least be familiar with the technology that is rapidly developing,” stated this FTEK student. (at/mei_jurkam/chis/upk_bpha/photo:gde_jurkam).