13-year-old ARMM student wins grand prize in global contest for inventing biodegradable plastic

Published by reposted only Date posted on June 6, 2014

COTABATO CITY – Ahmed Dialiv “Amin” Turabin Hataman, 13, won the grand prize in the 8th International Young Inventors Olympiad in Georgia, USA, besting more than 100 participants from 40 countries worldwide.

Hataman, eldest child of Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Congresswoman Djalia Turabin Hataman, won for his invention of biodegrable plastic made from coconut. Unlike regular plastic, his invention disintegrates after 20 days.

ARMM’s Department of Science and Technology honored the young Hataman in a simple ceremony Saturday night.

His parents could not hide their pride and joy in the honor that their son gave the country and his love for the environment. –Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com

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