Taiwan has won the second-most awards of any nation at an annual invention fair in Moscow, with three Taiwanese elementary- school students among the gold medal winners.
Of the 161 inventions the nation’s delegation presented at the 16th Moscow International Salon of Inventions and Innovation Technologies “Archimedes,” 142 won medals and four garnered special awards.
The medal haul was higher than any other country except for host Russia, said Wu Chih-yao (吳智堯), secretary-general of the Taipei-based Chinese Innovation and Invention Society.
The four inventions that won special awards included a solar power device from Nanowin Technology Co and a sound-absorbing structure from Wiswong Technology.
One of the nation’s 65 gold medal-winning inventions was a device from Kung-tung Technical Senior High School in Taitung County that can be used to peel boiled eggs when attached to a faucet.
Among Taiwan’s gold medalists were three students from Chingshin Elementary and Middle School in Taipei — one third-grader, one fourth-grader and one sixth-grader.
Third-grader Wang Hsueh-min (王雪敏), the youngest member of the Taiwanese delegation, presented a table she designed with her older brother Wang Chih-chieh (王志傑) that folds into a suitcase so users can easily carry it around.
The gold medal idea of sixth-grader Kao Yin-chan (高胤展) was a mobile board for displaying advertisements.
Huang Hsueh-chin (黃雪琴), an official with the school, said in Taipei yesterday that the three students came up with their ideas while taking a science class during their summer and winter vacations.
Wu suggested that schools include such science projects as part of the assignments given to students during their vacations to inspire them to become an inventor.
Wu said Taiwan’s participation in the fair brought it closer to becoming the fair’s host nation and could help attract more Russian inventors to come to Taiwan.
Because the certificate each award winner received will be recognized by the Russian government agency in charge of trademarks and patents, Taiwan’s inventors will also have a better chance to promote their ideas in the region, the society said.