Senior high school teams from 16 campuses across the Philippines will use their wits and technological expertise to solve some of our country’s most persistent problems.
Pitches tackling urgent issues in education, traffic, wildlife conservation, waste management, and disaster preparedness took the spotlight at the imake.wemake Technical Training Workshop. Held last September 3 to 7 at Microtel UP Technohub in Quezon City, the event was co-organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) and Acer Philippines. There were 48 students and 16 teachers present at the five-day training, selected from all the teams that submitted their entries for consideration.
Witness what happened to the imake.wemake 5-day Technical Training/Workshop and Project Pitching last September 3-7, 2018 at Microtel Technohub, Quezon City with this recap video.
Posted by Imake.wemake: create innovate collaborate on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Seeking solutions through science
The imake.wemake competition is the brainchild of DOST-SEI. It seeks to enable young Filipinos to conceptualize and develop solutions to societal issues through science, technology, and creativity. It also hones students’ skills in making project proposals, communication, critical and analytical thinking, engineering, and risk and failure analysis.
The imake.wemake organizers received a total of 65 entries during the proposal submission period. A panel of judges, comprised of UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute professors Dr. Nestor Tiglao and Engr. Percival Magpantay, Ateneo de Manila University professor Engr. Carlos Matti Oppus, and Acer Philippines Business Development Manager Alexis de Guzman, chose the finalists based on project viability and their approach towards solving the issue/s they intend to focus on.
The 16 competing school 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 Campus, Philippine Science High School CAR Campus, Philippine Science High School Central Luzon Campus, Philippine Science High School Central Visayas Campus, Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus, Rizal National Science High School, Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School, Taguig Science High School, and Technological Institute of the Philippines Cubao Campus.
Create, innovate, collaborate
Experts from ThinkLab Philippines and Acer Taiwan’s Kevin Chuang facilitated the imake.wemake workshop. Participants received hands-on training in using the Arduino platform and Acer Cloudprofessor, which will power all the projects. Each team received an Acer Cloudprofessor kit, a sensor expansion pack, and a toolbox to complete their projects.
Over the next three months, the teams will build, test, and realize their pitches. They will showcase their finished work in December at the Final Presentation and Awarding Ceremony of the imake.wemake competition. Youth Innovation Prizes and cash prizes await the top three teams.
“It will be a battle among school teams,” said DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo, “but the real winners here are Filipinos who will benefit from their inventions.”
For more updates on the imake.wemake competition, you may follow the official Facebook page.
UPDATE (9/19/18): The original version of this article mistakenly identified the Technological Institute of the Philippines as the Technological University of the Philippines. The article has been edited to correct this error.
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