By Seymour Barros Sanchez
SIXTEEN senior high school groups made it to the next round of the 2nd imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate project, which is being organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute in partnership with Acer Philippines.
The competing teams are Centro Escolar University-Manila, College of St. John-Roxas, De La Salle University Integrated School-Laguna, Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, Grace Christian College, Masbate National Comprehensive High School, New Era University, Philippine Science High School-Cagayan Valley, PSHS-CAR, PSHS-Central Luzon, PSHS-Central Visayas, PSHS-Eastern Visayas, Rizal National Science High School, Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School, Taguig Science High School, and Technological Institute of the Philippines-Cubao.
Forty-eight students and 16 teachers from the said schools attended a free training and project pitching activity from September 3 to 7 at the Microtel UP Technohub in Quezon City. They were given hands-on training on Arduino digital and analog system and Acer Cloudprofessor, the platform that will power all imake.wemake projects. Each team also received free Acer Cloudprofessor kit, sensor expansion pack, and toolbox.
The five-day event, which was organized by DOST-SEI and facilitated by experts from ThinkLab Philippines and Acer Taiwan’s Kevin Chuang, featured promising student inventions like anti-overloading device, low-cost GPS tracking for wildlife conservation, online waste management integration, among others.
DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo, who graced the event with Acer PH General Manager Manuel Wong, said that “the real winners here are Filipinos who will benefit from their inventions” as the competition may soon produce answers to some of the country’s pressing issues.
“Our young inventors proved that they understand the needs of the people and know how they can address such. We’re more than happy to provide them a venue for their technical skills and creativity in imake.wemake,” Biyo added.
The panel of judges is composed of Dr. Nestor Tiglao and Engr. Percival Magpantay from the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, Engr. Carlos Matti Oppus from the Ateneo de Manila University, and Acer PH Business Development Manager Alexis de Guzman. They selected the finalists from 65 submitted proposals based on project viability and potential to address important societal and community issues.
The participants are given three months to build and test their projects. They will convene again in December for the final presentation and awarding ceremony where the top three teams will win a cash prize of PhP50,000 and a Youth Innovation Prize each.