i3L Science Competition – Lomba Peneliti Belia (LPB) is a research competition for junior and senior high school students in Indonesia run Center of Young Scientist (CYS). LPB Regional takes place every year in several provinces, districts, cities through various partnerships, now there are up to 10 LPB in Indonesia. This year, Lomba Peneliti Belia was successfully held by CYS in collaboration with Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L). The LPB regional competition divides the categorization into 4 topics that can be selected by participants such as Physics, Life Science, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Mathematics. By 4 of the topics, there will be 3 winners who receive gold, silver and bronze medals who will be send to Jakarta to compete in LPB national competition in i3L Campus on 16 – 18 November and they will also represent Indonesia at the International Conference of Young Scientists 2018 (ICYS) in Serbia and Asia Pasific Conference of Young Scientists 2018 (APCYS) in Thailand.
Through this collaboration, i3L and CYS held the LPB competition in several cities in Indonesia in order to encourage and support young students interest in life science area. LPB in Yogyakarta held in Fikglosia Building on 21 October 2017. On this competition, students are able to put their ideas into poster and present it to judges and expertise that are related in life science industries. The posters are divided by 4 topics which are Physics, Life Science, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Mathematics. With the number of 75 participants, LPB research competition in Yogyakarta managed to get the winners from each topics.
Not only from senior high schools, students from junior high school successfully became the 1st winner by presenting their poster titled BIOLAVICIN (BIOLARVICIDE FROM Cinnamomum burmannii) AGAINST Aedes aegypti LARVAE. This poster explained about Dengue hemorrhagic fever that still become a major health problem in Indonesia. One of the methods to prevent this disease is by controlling Aedes aegypti larvae. All this time, temephos has been used for this purpose, but after a long period it can cause mosquito’s larval resistance and cause adverse effects to the environment . While, Cinnamomum burmannii is an endemic cinnamon in Indonesia. Based on our Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) analysis, the essential oil of C. burmannii bark contains about 33% of cinnamaldehyde that causes larval nervous system defect . Therefore, biolarvicide from this essential oil is needed as alternative eco-friendly larvicide. This poster for Life Science topic is an idea from Sheila Tirta Ayumurti and Zhafira Mafaz from SMP Negeri 5 Yogyakarta.
Our purposes from this competition are the students will be able to demonstrate their ideas that are related in life sciences and show the importance of science to the future development through their creativity and innovation.