UNS — Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta won a gold medal in the Indonesia International Applied Science Project Olympiad (I2ASPO) 2021 held by the Indonesian Young Scientist Association (IYSA). The competition was participated by students from 14 countries and juries from national and foreign institutions. UNS Team also won the Special Award from Yayasan Prestasi Pendidik Indonesia (YPPI) (Indonesian educator achievement foundation) with the medals awarding ceremony held in Surabaya on Tuesday (14/12/2021).
The Team consists of four members, Rakel Junetty (Mathematics Program Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science (FMIPA)), Fatata A’izza Rosyada (Mathematics Program FMIPA), Millenia Trias Puspa Rukmi (Chemistry Program FMIPA), and Dji Hanafit (Mechanical Engineering Program Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP)) created Green-Ma (Utilization of biofilter and manganese greensand for tofu wastewater filtration system). A tool that filters liquid waste of tofu production before being disposed into the river.
The tool was developed based on their experience in their Student Community Service Program (KKN) environment that disposed tofu wastewater directly to the river despite its dangerous contents. “We are concerned with the social condition in our KKN area,” Rakel Junetty stated, as reported by mipa.uns.ac.id, Monday (27/12/2021).
The Team went through several competition stages before entering the invention talk stage. The competition stages included paper submission, poster and PPT submission, and registration for invention talk. The Team was grateful to pass the selection process and presented their works in the invention talk.
“My Team and I were grateful for this achievement and, of course, delighted because this is my first offline competition during the pandemic. We hope that this work we are researching could continue developing and benefit the industry of tofu production in general,” Rakel explained.
Rakel and Team participated in the competition to expand their relations and experiences because it was an international event participated by 14 countries and juries from national and international institutions. The competition also adopted a convention method that was interesting to showcase works that could be commercialized.
According to Rakel, the Team was proportional because it had four members from three different programs that actively participated in the process. The tool design was prepared by Dji Hanafit, while testing for wastewater contents was performed by Millenia Trias Puspa Rukmi, and tool and cost optimization were handled by Rakel and Fatata. Humas UNS
Reporter: Dwi Hastuti