The Jakarta Post
Si Manggis Celebes, an Android-based game developed by four dentistry students from Hasanuddin University in Makassar, South Sulawesi, took home trophies from the 2018 International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Held for three days from May 10 to 12, the team received a silver medal in the Education category during the World Young Inventors & Exhibition (WYIE) forum and a special award from World Invention Intellectual Property Associations (WIIPA) Taiwan.
-Alhamdulillah- . . Si Manggis Celebes got a Silver Medals in World Youth Inventors & Exhibition 2018 and Special Award from World Invention Intellectual Property Associations (WIIPA) of Taiwan🏅🏅 . . Terima kasih yg sebesar2nya kami ucapkan kepada seluruh pihak yg telah membantu Si Manggis Celebes sebelum dan selama kompetisi ini. Terima kasih khusunya kami ucapkan utk orang tua kami 💞😘, almamater tercinta Universitas Hasanuddin, fakultas kebanggaan kami FKG, Pemerintah Kab. Luwu Timur, DPRD Kab.Maros , @cafesarjana.id , @ayamkampusmks , salon ibunya @caesarmubarak , @rieskautamii dan mamanya 😆😄, serta tante, om, kakak2, teman2 dan adik2 sekalian yg telah mendukung dan mendoakan kami. Dan terima kasih jg utk @official_innopa yg telah memberikan kesempatan, menyediakan sarana bagi anak-anak Indonesia utk memperkenalkan inovasi & produk2 yang luar biasa dari mereka. . . Ini persembahan sederhana dari kami @mixeliaa @alwi_dg @julianmarcheln Muh.Shaad Isra, Si Manggis Celebes untuk Indonesia ❤🏅 #wyie2018 #SiManggisCelebes #mahasiswaunhas #fkg #teknik #proudtobe #mahasiswaindonesia
The four students, Mixelia Ade Novianty, Nurfaisya Riandani, M.Shaad Isra and Julian Marchel Nuruwael, are concerned with the lack of knowledge about healthy teeth and mouths among parents and children in Indonesia.
“The existing education method has been dominated by conventional ones, such as speeches and posters,” said Mixelia Ade Novianty to Antara news agency. They thought of more interesting methods to attract more people and the game was born . They also asked a student of information techniques within the same university, Alwi, to join.
Stages in the 'Si Manggis Celebes' game. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
Mixelia claimed the game was the first in Indonesia to be based on research. “This game also has security authorization feature for parents,” said Mixelia. “If children play the game for more than 30 minutes, it will be closed automatically. Why 30 minutes? Based on our study, it is the maximum duration for children to be face-to-face with a smartphone screen.”
Si Manggis Celebes has Baso as the main character. It is divided into different stages and children are able to learn anything about teeth one step at a time. In the first stage, for instance, they will learn about the function of each tooth. It has been downloaded by more than 1,000 users.
Children can learn anything about teeth, one of them is their function. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
Organized by Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS), ITEX is an annual event that debuted in 1989. The event has been attended by different universities and research institutes from Asia and Europe. (wir/wng)