West Papua student team wins WICO 2023 results in Korea, examines ant nest problem

TIME.CO, Jakarta – Four student high school level from Manokwari regency, West Papua achieved successes on the international scene. They won a gold medal and a grand prize at the 2023 World Invention Creativity Olympiad (WICO) held in South Korea from July 27 to 29.

The four students are Sarah Glory Athalya Simanjuntak (State High School 1), Uliezra Claudia Krey (State 1 High School), Kezia Busthan (State 1 High School), and Giovanni Tiatira Sipora Bajari (Villanova Catholic High School). For his successes, West Papua Acting Governor Paulus Waterpauw also gave them a bonus of IDR 100 million.

“The province and the district will work together to increase students’ creativity and innovation,” Paulus said on Friday, August 4, 2023.

According to Paulus, the local government is ready to facilitate the schools and the Terang Papua Foundation in developing research skills for the four students. The collaboration will also be aimed at routine coaching activities for deserving students in various national and international events.

This effort is to identify the need for infrastructure such as laboratories to optimize research focused on Papua’s natural wealth. “We will accommodate budget support through this year’s revised APBD. There are many buildings that can be used as laboratories,” said Waterpauw.

At the event in Korea, the West Papua team conducted research on the benefits of endemic anthill plants for use as a treatment for blood sugar. Paul also plays his part plans to organize local activities with the aim of improving the skills of all students in West Papua.

Manokwari Public High School 1 student Sarah Glory Athalya Simanjuntak said she was happy to be able to take part in WICO 2023 which brought together 1,531 participants from 27 countries. The Papua Bisa team of five students, including Melani Tebuot Bame of SMA Negeri 1 Sorong City, Southwest Papua, is one of the Indonesian representatives.


Sarah said her team chose the anthill research as an effort to preserve the natural wealth extracted in medicinal products. This is because until now blood glucose tests have been done using the injection method, which can harm the body.

“But the innovation we are presenting is different, namely doing shrewd clock to detect blood sugar content and oxygen saturation without hurting the body,” Sarah said.

According to Sarah, this innovation received the appreciation of the jury so much that the Papua Team was able to obtain the grand prize from all the participants who took part in the WICO 2023 event in Soul, South Korea. “The acquisition of the first prize is a source of great pride for the participants from Indonesia, especially West Papua and Southwest Papua.

“We had aimed for a gold medal, but it turned out that we exceeded our target by getting a big prize. The big prize was only won by one team from the 27 countries that participated,” said Sarah.

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