By Lori Lyn Lirio
ANOTHER FILIPINO American student from Saipan brought home top academic honors early this month when he won top prize in the annual science fair, it was learned yesterday.
Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja student Michael Jon C. Cantil won first place in the Energy and Invention Category during at the 40th annual Island Wide Science Fair held at the University of Guam on May 4 and 5.
This is not the first time Cantil brought academic honors home. For two consecutive years, he won in the CNMI Public School System Island-wide Science Technology Engineering and Math Fair.
Mary Rose Lucero, Science Fair Coordinator of ESFDB, said Cantil’s winning was announced during the awarding and recognition day at the Hilton Resort & Spa on May 19.
Cantil was among the CNMI delegates in the Guam event. He said the Public School System shouldered their travel in order to participate in the science competition on Guam.
At the recent competition, Cantil showcased his project “Smart Street Lighting System.” The 13-year- old student said he developed the project to help in conserving electricity by using street lighting control system technology.
The idea is when a person or vehicle passes by a particular infrared sensor, it senses the position of vehicle and gives signal to the controller board to on the LED light to its full brightness, and automatically dims when no person or vehicle are in the vicinity.
“We can conserve electricity with the use of Smart Street Lighting control system. The system is said to reduce energy consumption by up to 65 percent, and reducing maintenance cost by as much as 90 percent,” Cantil said.
ESFDB principal Carmen Atalig, who chaperoned Cantil on Guam, commented that the judges were interested in his project.
According to Lucero, this is the second time that the ESFDB won in the Guam science fair.
“In 2013, our student Angelica S. Lucero won first place in the same division. Last year, we won third place in Life Science Category Division 1 by Eianne Ladao,” she said.
Cantil, who competed with 25 to 30 students in the Energy and Invention Division, thanked his teachers Ed Maratita, Rose Lucero, Flor Chavez and ESFDB principal Carmen Atalig for supporting him during the CNMI-PSS STEM Fair competition and the Guam Science Fair.