M’sian Teacher And Students’ ‘Banana Leaf Glove’ Invention Wins Global Scien
A group of teacher and students from Sinaran Intensif private tuition (PTSI) centre in Johor Bahru recently made Malaysia proud after they successfully won the gold medal at the International Science Project Competition with their cool invention of a glove that’s made with banana fibre!
Along with his team of 14-year-old students Kirshavina Kumar, Shabariraj Rajendran, Rubinya Nair Suresh, Yuvan Thinagaran, and Yuvhasinee Thinagaran, 28-year-old teacher K Thipanraj successfully defeated 180 participants from 21 countries at the competition that was held online.
Officially known as the ‘Sustainable And Plantable Antibacterial Banana Leaf Herbal Organic Glove’, the group’s invention is made using banana leaves that are boiled with turmeric powder, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, honey, coconut oil, and neem, to keep it antibacterial and less harmful to the skin.
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The leaves are then left to dry before being cut into the shape of palms to be made into gloves. The gloves are then embedded with seeds, and sewn together using banana fibre. Once disposed, the gloves will disintegrate and the embedded seeds will then grow into a plant!
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Speaking about their invention, Thipanraj said he was inspired by innovations from other countries, like Philippines, who uses banana leaves to make clothes, and India, who uses banana leaves for cups and straws. “We have plenty of banana leaves here and gloves are something that we use more frequently now due to the pandemic so I thought – why not gloves made from banana leaves,” he said
Despite their genius creation, Thipanraj admitted that they never expected to win the competition. “I was in class when they announced us as winners. My students were so excited and they kept calling me on my phone. When I finally answered, they told me that our names were announced and that we had won gold,” Thipanraj told Rojak Daily.
The team will be competing at the World Science, Environment and Engineering Competition (WSWWC) in Indonesia soon, and we wish them all the best!