Google Science Fair 2014

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Kuala Lumpur (13 August 2014) – Two students from Maktab Rendah Sains MARA Kota Putra, Terengganu have won the inaugural country award for this year’s Google Science Fair.

16-year-old Lutfir Rahman Mohd Izani and Faiq Hazim won based on their project Jute-reinforced Polyester to Replace Steel Manhole Covers which proposed a greener, more sustainable solution to replace steel manhole covers.

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Lutfir Rahman Mohd Izani (left) and Faiq Hazim (right) from MRSM Kota Putra, showing off the certificates they received from Matthew Zaheen, Head of Marketing Google Malaysia (center), for their winning project ‘Jute-reinforced Polyester to replace Steel Manhole Covers’. They won the Local Award in the Google Science Fair 2014.

Their winning science project proposed producing composite polymer as the base and jute fibres as the reinforcement to replace current manhole covers while achieving stronger tensile strength and reducing the cost of maintenance.

According to their submission, the same combination could also be used to produce other things like steel bed frames in hostels and commercial umbrella frames while solving the problem of rust and corrosion with steel. Their additional aim is to reduce fossil fuel production usage while achieving a superior base product using natural materials.

“This year, the Local Award category was added to the list of prizes for the first time, which celebrates projects that receive a mark of excellence during preliminary judging and that attempt to address a locally relevant issue,” said Matthew Zaheen, Head of Marketing, Google Malaysia.

16-year-old Faiq Hazim (left) and Lutfir Rahman Mohd Izani (right) from MRSM Kota Putra who won the first Local Award for Malaysia in the Google Science Fair 2014 for their project 'Jute-reinforced Polyester to replace Steel Manhole Covers', receiving their certificates and prizes worth USD1,000 from Matthew Zaheen, Head of Marketing, Google Malaysia.

16-year-old Faiq Hazim (left) and Lutfir Rahman Mohd Izani (right) from MRSM Kota Putra who won the first Local Award for Malaysia in the Google Science Fair 2014 for their project ‘Jute-reinforced Polyester to replace Steel Manhole Covers’, receiving their certificates and prizes worth USD1,000 from Matthew Zaheen, Head of Marketing, Google Malaysia.

“We believe that universal access to technology and information can truly make the world a better place. We also believe that the access to useful information transcends all borders.”

The winners were awarded prizes worth USD$1,000 and a trophy from Google.

The annual Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. It was created to champion young scientific talent and give students across the world an opportunity to showcase ambitious ideas.

For more information on Google Science Fair, visit https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/