The search is on for science and technology projects that will benefit Filipino communities in the 3rd imake.wemake: create.innovate.collaborate competition for senior high school students.
This year, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute partners with C&E Publishing, Inc., publisher and distributor of educational materials, to stage the contest, which seeks to unleash the creativity of students in innovation using accessible technologies.
In the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the two parties held last July 17 at the World Trade Center during the National Science and Technology Week, DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo thanked C&E for its support in promoting innovation among the youth.
Dr. Biyo shared that the project aims to improve the students’ engineering and technical proficiencies, as well as develop their communication, critical and analytical thinking skills.
The competition comes in three stages: (1) Call for Proposals and Selection; (2) Technical Training/Workshop and Project Pitching; and (3) Final Project Presentation and Judging. Students will get the opportunity to pitch, build, and present their S&T projects that cater to important societal and community issues using the Arduino CTC 101 kit.
To join, a team composed of three Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 students and one teacher per school may submit a project proposal addressing any of the following areas: food safety, security, traffic/road congestion, health, education, disaster mitigation, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and environment. A two to three-minute video supporting the concept should accompany the proposal.
School teams which will make it past the selection process will be invited to attend a five-day technical training/workshop on basic electronics, programming, troubleshooting, and presentation skills. Each team will also get free kit-of-parts.
Teams will be given a period of three (3) months prior to the final project presentation and judging. The projects will be evaluated by the board of judges based on relevance and potential impact to the community of interest, novelty, viability, and community engagement.
Three (3) school teams will bag the Youth Innovation Prize and 100,000 pesos each as cash prize.
Last year, senior high school teams from the Technological Institute of the Philippines-Quezon City, Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas, and New Era University won the Youth Innovation Prize for their viability and potential to address important societal and community issues while College of St. John-Roxas nabbed the special Internet of Things award from Acer.