Another proud achievement was made by the students of the State University of Malang (UM). UM team representatives won 3rd place in the Chemistry Competition (CeC): National Scientific Writing Competition (LKTIN) held at Yogyakarta State University (UNY) on Friday (603). This team comes from the Faculty of Engineering (FT) with three members, namely Made Radikia Prasanta, Enggie Hendrawan Saputra, and Muhammad Aditya Firnanda.
The 2020 Chemistry Competition was held with the theme "Optimizing the Role of Young Intellectuals towards an Environmentally Friendly Indonesia in realizing SDGs 2030", aimed at inviting participants to play an active role in providing ideas in realizing an environmentally friendly Indonesia. The paper entitled "S-Box (Smart Power Plants Box): Innovation of Renewable Energy Power Plants to Minimize the Use of Electricity from Combustion of Fossil Materials" succeeded in winning the competition. Team leader Made Radikia Prasanta admitted that this victory would not have been possible without careful preparation. "From the beginning before the final we really prepared a full paper both in terms of grammar neatness and so on thoroughly." he said. He also added that preparations continued after the announcement of passing the full paper by making presentations that could amaze the jury and deliver the presentations well.
Just like LKTI competitions in general, CeC took 12 of the best works to be invited to UNY to participate in the finals. UM was included in the 12 best works competing with prestigious National Universities, including the Surabaya State Polytechnic of Shipping, Gadjah Mada University, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, Brawijaya University (3 teams), State University of Malang, Bogor Agricultural Institute, Diponegoro University, University of Indonesia, Padjadjaran University, and Yogyakarta State University. "Of the twelve teams, six of the best teams will be selected to get the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners," said Radikia. Apart from the awards obtained in this competition, the team also gained new experiences in the field of chemistry. This is the reason Radikia, Enggie, and Aditya join CeC. "Because we want to try out of the box, in the sense that this competition is more about chemistry. So that it adds to the new experience of competing outside the field of study we are studying, "he said.
Radikia revealed that in preparation for this competition time management was one of the obstacles. Besides that, competing with the best teams from all over Indonesia is their biggest challenge. "Of course the obstacle faced by students is good time management. because before joining this competition we had to take part in a competition in Surabaya and a week later we had to go to UNY, "he said. He did not forget to say that they could overcome these obstacles with the guidance from the lecturers of the Faculty of Engineering, Siti Sendari, ST, MT Radikia and his team members were grateful to be able to participate in this competition, because they could meet the best team. "We feel very fortunate to meet friends who have innovation so that they broaden our horizons and increase our sense of competitiveness." The Engineering Faculty student said that it is important for students to study outside their respective fields and participate in activities that can support their abilities because degrees do not determine a person's success. So what he will develop further is by developing existing research. "We want to develop innovations that can benefit the University and society," he said. Rosa