Taiwan youngsters win 9 gold medals at IEYI 2019
MOE Chief Secretary Chu Nan-shyan (third left, front) presented awards to gold medal winners of IETI 2019 March 13 at ministry headquarters in Taipei City. (Courtesy of MOE)
Taiwan’s gold medal winners from International Exhibition for Young Inventors 2019 were presented with awards by Chu Nan-shyan, chief secretary of the Ministry of Education, March 13 at MOE headquarters in Taipei City.
At the event held last year in Jakarta, Indonesia, Chu said, the Taiwan team submitted 43 inventions to the competition, nine of which won gold medals. Of the 140 entries from 11 countries, IEYI gave out 33 golds in total, Chu added.
Among notable winners was a tilting suitcase, a collaborative effort by representatives from three schools in southern Taiwan. It was created to address the inconvenience of staying in a hotel room too small to accommodate luggage.
An electrical socket designed by students from an elementary school in northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan County to protect outlets from flood waters also snagged one of the top prizes.
Chu said IEYI encourages innovation through hands-on experimentation, a goal in line with new curriculum guidelines released by the MOE’s K-12 Education Administration in 2019. All entries to the competition were geared toward solving problems or catering to specific individual needs, Chu added.
Invention categories include disaster management, education and recreation, food and agriculture, green technology, health and safety, technology for special needs and art technology. Participants aged six to 19 are eligible to enter the competition.
IEYI is an annual event showcasing the creative powers of youths from Asia and Africa. Founded in 2004, it aims to boost ingenuity among younger generations.