This year SPH Sentul City once again sent a team to participate in the Young Scientists Competition (YSC). Daniel Hariyanto (Grade 12) and Nicole Budiman (Grade 9) were two of the team members.

We praise God that Daniel and Nicole won 1st place for the Environmental Science category!

The 2018 Young Scientists Competition was held on October 10-11 in Bandung, West Java. The competition covered five areas of science: Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Life Sciences, and Environmental Sciences. Daniel and Nicole’s research was titled: “Enhancement of Fecal Sludge Conversion into Biogas”. That means their experiment dealt with human feces! Their aim was to investigate the enhancing effects of an electron donor from the methane produced by fecal sludge. Methane is a biogas that can be used as an energy source.

“In our research, we furthered the idea that feces has the strong potential to be a source of energy to deal with the problem of earth’s increasing shortage of energy. Fecal sludge can be one source of renewable energy, thus reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.”

This was the first time that both students had joined the competition. They were nervous and excited. During the competition they were inspired by the works of other brilliant student scientists and built new friendships along the way. The judges were very helpful in giving feedback and suggestions on how to improve their research. They did not expect to win first place as there were many brilliant contestants.

“We are extremely grateful to God for our success. Without him we would not have been able to achieve this result. We are also grateful for our beloved teacher, Pak Okem, who was always there for us with unending optimism and support. It was a wonderful experience to work with each other and to be able to share knowledge within a scientific community.”

As they traveled back home from Bandung, they realized that although achieving 1st place was a highlight, the knowledge and experience they gained from this brief trip was much more precious.

This competition is fully supported by the West Java Provincial Education Office and the West Java Provincial Education Board. The champions of YSC 2018 will be included in the National Young Research Competition 2018. If they win that stage, they will proceed to the International Conference of Young Scientists (ICYS) 2019 in Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific Conference of Young Scientists (APCYS) in Russia. We hope that Indonesia will develop more young scientists to help create a better future.

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