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Young inventors show off their creations

Young inventors from nine countries are presenting more than 200 of their creations at an exhibition in Bangkok this week.

The eighth Exhibition of Young Inventors 2012 (IEYI 2012) kicked off yesterday at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, showcasing a total of 206 creations from more than 300 youngsters from Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. The age of the young inventors ranges between six and 19.

The theme for IEYI 2012 is "Future Inventors, Future World" with the display divided into five categories: local sustainability, climate change (preparedness and mitigation), green products, technology from nature, and recreational or educational products. The exhibition will end tomorrow when winners for each category will be announced.

"The event supports participating countries' educational objectives and gives all our young inventors an opportunity to not only compete but also to build lasting relationships with their peers from other countries," Chinnapat Bhumirat, secretarygeneral of Office of the Basic Education Commission, said.

IEYI was created in 2004 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation. Member countries have been taking turns to host the event.

The inventions this year included rearview glasses from Hong Kong, a watercoated helmet from Indonesia, a flashlight that turns on when toppled over from Japan and a flood and earthquake warning system and ecoair purifier from Malaysia. Participants from the Philippines presented an oilspill remover built with waterhyacinth biomass, threeinone trousers from Taiwan, a table tennis ballpicking device and a hulahoop mobile phone charger from Thailand and multipurpose cutter from Vietnam.

Education Minister Suchart Tadathamrongvej said IEYI 2012 was hosted to celebrate His Majesty the King's awarded titles of Father of Invention in Thailand and World.


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