The Student Association of the Chemical Engineering Study Program of Parahyangan Catholic University (HMPSTK Unpar) held an annual event, namely DISCOVER 2018. DISCOVER which means Dig Into Science Novelty Expo and Tour, which took place on Monday (12/2) at PPAG Unpar Plaza.
This activity is one of the largest work program’s Unpar’s Chemical Engineering Study Program (Prodi). The series of events consisted of national scientific writing competitions, Science Expo, Challenge, Tour Lab , and Bazaar (for high school students across Indonesia).
One team consisted of 3 SMA IPA / High school year 12 students and 1 companion teacher. Each school was allowed to submit more than 1 team. The registration had been in progress since October 2017, followed by the collection and announcement of abstract selection.
With the theme of “Food Product Innovation from Indonesia-Based SDA Technology Towards Indonesia Food Security”, as many as 12 teams (schools) from a total of 28 teams, successfully passed the selection of paper submission in the category of scientific papers.
The first winner of the Scientific Writing Contest was Trimulia Hits Christian High School from Bandung whose paper was entitled “Templok as Protein Food Product from Mango Waste.” Followed by the 2nd and 3rd Winner, SMA Plus Pembangunan Jaya with title, “Kimmie (Kimpul Mie): An Innovation for Food Security “; and Santa Ursula High School Jakarta whose paper, “Flour from Local Raw Materials as an Alternative to Wheat Flour.” The Favorite Champion prize was won by SMAK 1 BPK Penabur Bandung.
In addition to prizes in the form of cash, the winner also obtained scholarship deductions for the entrance fee of Prodi Teknik Kimia Unpar.
To the Unpar Publications Team, Gavin, Vice Chair of Discover 2018 said, “For this year (2018), there are (participants) coming from Pontianak, from Jakarta, Tangerang, as well as from Bandung.”
The general theme of this year’s competition is about food. “consumable food, which utilizes Indonesia’s natural resources,” he explained.
Something is different about this year’s DISCOVER, Gavin said on the sidelines of the implementation of DISCOVER. “Previously, DISCOVER is held idependently. This year, DISCOVER is a part of the PCE opening event, Parahyangan Chemical Engineering Event. ”
The PCE consists of three series of events, namely DISCOVER (inter national high school / national equivalent), CONCEPT (national student competition), and CHERISH, social action.
“So from Chemical Engineering, after the contests, in conclusion we held a social action around April,” said Gavin, a Chemical Engineering students, from the class of 2016.
When asked about the enthusiasm of DISCOVER’s implementation this year, Gavin revealed, “This year more teams enlisted. It is more competitive, whereas last year only top 10 participants were taken. This year we awarded top 12. Because more teams had signep up. Moreover, the papers are good. ”
The Science Workshop Team of Unpar’s Physics study program participated by opening the IPTEK/Science and technology stand during DISCOVER 2018. In the future, Gavin hopes the DISCOVER event can continue annually.