West Papua Team Wins Gold Medal in World Science Engineering Environment Competition (WSEEC)

The Head of the West Papua Provincial Education Office presenting an award to the West Papua WSEEC Team at the Manokwari Rendani Airport (24/7). (ANTARA/Rachmat Julaini)

Five high school students from Manokwari Regency claimed the gold medal in the Science Category of the World Science Environment and Engineering Competition (WSEEC) in addition to the Macedonian Special Award at Universitas Indonesia (University of Indonesia), Jakarta.

The team consisted of Sarah Glory Athalya Simanjuntak and Kezia Busthan from SMA Negeri 1 Manokwari, Goura Victoria Pattiselano and Justinus Marcos Serang from SMAS Katolik Villanova Manokwari, and Petrus Gyantfranco Christian Saiba from SMA Negeri 2 Manokwari.

For Goura and Justinus, this achievement proves to the world that Papuan children are as capable as children from other regions.

“We have to show that Papua can do it. Come on Papuan children, we must study hard, and don’t be lazy,” said Goura. Justinus added that it is through education that one can see the world.

Barapen Tradition

At the WSEEC competition in Jakarta, the West Papuan team presented a scientific paper on the traditional cooking method of the Dani tribe of the Jayawijaya district, Papua, known as “barapen” popularly known as “burning stones”.

Through their research and presentation, the West Papua team demonstrated that the traditional Papuan cooking method can be more effective and efficient by reducing the duration of the hours-long cooking process.

“The duration of the stone burning is usually several hours, starting from heating the stone, putting the meat and vegetables into the opening so that the food can be cooked and then consumed. Our presentation showed that it only takes 20 minutes to cook meat and vegetables, and 30 minutes to heat the stones. So, it only takes 50 minutes in total,” explained Justinus.

WSEEC

The WSEEC competition took place on 17-20 July 2022 in hybrid format at Universitas Indonesia. The West Papua team competed against 350 teams from 22 countries. It took three months for the West Papua team to prepare for the competition.

In the judging session, each participant was allotted three hours to present the results of their research and scientific work to a multinational jury.

WSEEC is known as an International-level Invention competition held by the Indonesian Young Scientists Association (IYSA) and Sekolah Ilmu Lingkungan Universitas Indonesia (University of Indonesia’s School of Environmental Sciences). This event is the suitable learning platform to foster research and scientific work using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) among the young generation.

Adopted from:
Antara News, Papua Kini.

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