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THE STAR – Nanosocks For Students To Boost Interest In Science

KOTA KINABALU: Some 1,150 students of SMK Tenghilan, about 55km from here, were given Nanosocks (nano-tech socks) to encourage them to cultivate an interest in science and technology.

Science, Techology and Innovation (MOSTI) Minister Datuk Madius Tangau said the presentation of nanosocks was also to instil awareness on self health and cleanliness among the students.

“MOSTI is committed to making science, technology, engineering and mathematics a culture among the youth and this is among the methods to boost their interest in this field,” he said after launching a “Nano Technology Awareness Briefing” at the school.

The nanosocks sponsored by NanoTextile Sdn Bhd, an agency under MOSTI, has anti-stench, bacteria, and moss prevention agents.

They are also manufactured using environmental friendly methods.

“By introducing nanosocks to students, we will be able to show them how nano based technology can be applied to textile making and other everyday industries,” Madius explained.

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THE BORNEO POST – Tenghilan Students Given Locally Produced Nanosocks

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TENGHILAN: A toal of 1,150 students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tenghilan yesterday received a pair of Nanosocks each, a nano-technology inspired product locally invented and produced.

Handing over the Nanosocks at a briefing on nano-technology awareness, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Madius Tangau reminded students of the importance of mastering and applying science, technology and innovation, as opposed to being mere consumers of technology.

“We want the students to not only use science-based products but to also learn about them. It is the nation’s hope to be able to produce a generation that is able to produce its own technologies rather than merely becoming consumers,” said Tangau.

Science, he said, is not and should not be a difficult or boring subject. In fact, for students to master STEM subjects is highly encouraged as it will be useful for them in the future and will assist the nation in terms of medicine, technology and even global education.

“It has always been the ministry’s priority to instill science, technology and innovation (STI) among students in line with STEM education, having outlined various approaches and efforts to cultivate science, technology, engineering and mathematics among Malaysians.

“Hence, the introduction of nano-technology and its application in the nation’s textile industry is in line with the ministry’s and the nation’s mission of STEM,” he added.

The briefing and presentation ceremony yesterday was organized by NanoMalaysia Berhad, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, distributing the Nanosocks which were sponsored by NanoTextile Sdn Bhd.

The distribution of the Nanosocks to the students yesterday hoped to serve as a medium to introduce to the students nano-technology applications so that they may see, feel and evaluate for themselves the benefits of applying nanotechnology.

“I’m proud of the Nanosocks, which is a locally initiated and produced product, something we hope would inspire the students. Nanosocks offers a lot of benefits for its users. Its anti-odour and sterilizing features are suitable for those living an active lifestyle like the students. It is also our hope that the use of Nanosocks among the students will be able to instill confidence in Malaysian innovated products,” said Madius.

Also present at the event yesterday were NanoMalaysia Berhad chief executive officer Dr Rezal Khairi Ahmad, SMK Tenghilan principal Justin Rompod, NanoTextile Sdn Bhd chairman Dato’ Dr. Cheng Kok Leong and NanoTextile Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Dr Ong Pohshing.

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Nanotechnology Revolution in the Textile Industry

Nanotechnology Revolution in the Textile Industry

Its minister Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau who said this, urged more students to take up and master STEM subjects as part of the ministry’s agenda to cultivate a science, technology and innovation culture in the country.

“It is the government’s vision to produce citizens capable of developing our own technology and not just become users of technology,” he said in his speech at the presentation of nanotechnology socks, ‘nanosocks’, at SMK Tenghilan, here, today.

A total of 1,150 pairs of the locally produced socks contributed by NanoTextile Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the ministry’s agency, NanoMalaysia Berhad, were given to students and staff of the school.

Madius presented the socks in a symbolic hand-over to school principal Justin Rumpod at the ceremony.

With the nanosocks given to the school today, the minister hoped the students would be able to gain better understanding and appreciation of uses of nanotechnology in daily products to improve the quality of life.

Madius later told reporters that his ministry would be promoting Malaysian products and technologies throughout this year, in line with the Malaysia Commercialisation Year 2016 initiative.

“We will be exhibiting in November at least 150 products that will be commercialised this year,” he said.

The nanosocks have anti-microbial and odour-fighting properties and are manufactured using environmentally-friendly methods.

A talk titled ‘Nanotechnology Revolution in the Textile Industry’ was given by NanoTextile Sdn Bhd chief executive officer, Dr Thomas Ong, after the ceremony.