DIY Magic Water

ACES Challenge Entry

Bronze: Frugal aspects award

Nur Ardini binti Noh

University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)



This design is called “DIY Magic Water” as we can see that the initial water is brown, and when the water goes through the “DIY Magic Water” the colour changes to crystal clear and clean water. The basic concept of this design is it acts as a filtration system. It drives us to be more creative in making the filtration system as we can use other materials, such as sand and ground charcoal only, and charcoal, gravels, pebbles, cotton or coffee filter and other varieties materials that are suitable.

This innovation functions to provide clean water to the user as water is the most important basic source for life on Earth. It also can be used when we are in an emergency, where the filtration system at our home is broken or in any other emergency. Thus, this design is environmentally friendly as it uses natural materials that can easily be found. Also, the costs are very cheap as we do not need investment to buy the materials, except for the coffee filters. Even so, the coffee filter is optional as we can use a clean cloth in its place.

Learning and Competency Outcomes

This innovation teaches me indirectly the STEM concept where we can relate Science by identifying all the functions of the materials used, such as charcoals that are used to absorb the odour from the water sample. Technology can be seen by the efficiency of the “DIY Magic Water” works; engineering is apparent when combining the materials, deciding which should be at the top and bottom of the system; and Mathematics when cutting the bottles and measuring all the materials needed to make sure the system functions well.

Playful Aspects

This design is very fun to do together, and the materials used can vary. People of all ages, especially students and kids, can take part in this design process, It can be used as a competition held in school to help students and kids to think creatively, making them able to discuss and communicate their thoughts and ideas about the order of the filtration system. The name “DIY Magic Water” itself is already fun, which can trigger the students and kids to know more about what things are and how it is working.

Frugal Aspects

This design was inspired by myself and my team during our camping last year. During that time, we only had dirty water and had run out of drinking water. Due to the situation, an idea came to my mind and this design was invented. Thus, all the materials used are easy to obtain and it is environmentally friendly as we can repurpose used bottles to create the “DIY Magic Water” activity. Besides, I believed that this design can be expanded widely and can be very useful for the future. This design does not require any investment for the materials used.