STEP Centre’s BEST Awards 2009/2010

On the 1st of December 2010, The Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre between BSP and MOE held the Prize Presentation for the Brunei Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Awards for 2009/2010 at Bridex.

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The projects are actually Research and Development in nature, but most of the project have some commercial value. The Secondary Schools and Tertiary Schools (Form 6 and Vocational/Technical). The schools consists of St. George, Chung Hwa, Chung Hua, Chung Ching, Sekolah Menengah Masin, STPRI, Sufri Bolkiah, SMSO, MD, MS and MTSSR. I found that in most cases, that these students were doing projects that were well beyond their syllabus. In a few there were students doing University Level projects. I would know, I took Chemistry in UBD. Of course these students had helped from MIPR, Agricultural Centre, MOH, BSP and UBD. But I was still impressed.

The judges consisted of officers and staff fromĀ  MIPR Agriculture Department, BSP, LiveWIRE and MOE.

The projects consisted of Research in Agriculture, uses of Natural Pesticides, Natural Fertilizer, Natural Fungicides, Solar Powered Fish Feeder, Coconut Battery, Hydro Electricity, Natural Medicinal Products, Fuelless Lawn Mower, and a more efficient farming techniques.

Hope to see some of them participating in future CIPTA Awards, Think Big Biz Plan Awards, or even the LiveWIRE Business Awards.

Agriculture & Agrifood Expo 2009

19 November 2009 – The Agriculture & Agrifood Expo was launcded at the Agro-technology park. His majesty gave an opening speech on how agriculture and entrepreneurship is important and is even an obligation in terms of social, economic and religion.

His majesty later presented 3 selected entrepreneurs for their achievements. Namely Soon Lee Farms and Trading (Soon Lee Supermarket and Ayamku) , Sahamada Sdn Bhd (Exported Cinta Chilli Sauce), and Awg Chien Puong Chin (Don’t know exactly famous for, somebody please tell me if you know).

His majesty then visited all the booths that were at the expo. From the companies that provided fertilizer, machinery, fruits and vegetables, paddy planting and equipment, processed foods, to business and marketing consultants.

Interesting booths that I saw were:

  • a company that invented a rat trap that can trap several rats (a CIPTA award winner).
  • Some LiveWIRE members selling organic fertilizer and another selling electronic (produced) fertilizer, and then some were in farming, and others were in processed foods.
  • Some Huge Fruits (you can see a few in my pictures)
  • Some locally made cakes and other food sources.

Photographs I took can be viewed from my facebook photos

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=101630&id=550578077&l=0842e4a967