11-year-old Malaysian student inventor praised by US talk show host James Corden

The recent innovation of fifth year student Maryam Musamir in Malaysia is quickly receiving international acclaim. Not only did the 11-year-old win three international awards recently for her groundbreaking invention – creating animal feed from crustacean shells – she was also featured on an American talk show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, for his innovation at such a young age.

“You might have heard of this girl… it’s absolutely amazing… Maryam Muzamir, an 11 year old schoolgirl in Malaysia. She found a use for common food waste… fruit shells seafood and she’s making it a new sustainable feed. She’s 11! Yes, in Malaysia. She’s already won three international awards for her breakthrough idea, “Corden said on her show recently.

The Late Late Show also tweeted about Maryam. Photo: Screenshot

Maryam made the news recently after winning three awards at the recently concluded International Invention Innovation Competition (iCAN) in Toronto, Canada, for her innovation. She has formulated a new form of feed made from ground shrimp and sea snail shells. She calls her product “YAM 2.0”.

SK (P) Methodist student in Kuantan, Pahang, had previously won several awards locally for YAM 2.0 but was encouraged by her father to enter iCan, according to various reports.

Yam 2.0 won Maryam not only the Gold Medal, but also the Special Canadian Award, as well as the coveted Best Young Inventor Award at iCAN 2021.

She beat over 600 participants from over 70 countries and was the youngest winner in the competition.

The young girl, who cites Greta Thurnberg as one of her inspirations, came up with the idea for YAM 2.0 while she was in a seafood restaurant with her family and saw the amount of seashells that were being dumped , according to reports. She then found an article that cited the benefits of eggshells for breeding, specifically a compound called chitin, and set out to create Yam 2.0.

Javier E. Swan

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