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• The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and Acer Philippines recently awarded the winners of the imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate competition.
• Judges selected students’ innovative weather, aquaponic, irrigation, and disaster awareness solutions as the top entries.

A weather advisory system, an automated aquaponics setup, an advanced irrigation solution, and a smartwatch for disaster awareness were the big winners of this year’s  imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate competition.

DOST-SEI and Acer Philippines recognized imake.wemake’s student innovators in a joint presentation and awarding ceremony last December 3 to 4 at the Crimson Hotel in Alabang. DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo and Acer Philippines Managing Director Manuel Wong co-presented the awards.

“DOST-SEI exists to ensure a steady supply of highly-trained S&T professionals in the country,” according to Biyo. “In imake.wemake, we do not only get a glimpse of our future engineers and inventors, but more importantly we see their sensitivity to the needs of Filipinos and their passion to help through science and technology.”

Top: Project Anitun Tabu (TIP-Cubao). Bottom: Smart Automated Aquaponics System (PSHS-Eastern Visayas) and Automated Irrigation and Electro Culture (New Era University). Images: DOST-SEI

Create, innovate, and collaborate

Three high school teams received the Youth Innovation Prize and Php 50,000 in prize money:

• Technological Institute of the Philippines-Cubao Campus (Project Anitun Tabu)
• Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus (Smart Automated Aquaponics System)
•  New Era University (Automated Irrigation and Electro Culture)

Meanwhile, Acer gave the Acer IOT award to College of St. John-Roxas for the VIBRAVA Smart Watch: Your Ear to Disaster project.

Top: Smart Automated Aquaponics System (PSHS-Eastern Visayas). Bottom: VIBRAVA Smart Watch: Your Ear to Disaster (College of St. John-Roxas). Images: DOST-SEI

2018 marks the second year of the imake.wemake competition’s run. DOST-SEI received a total of 64 proposals, from which only 16 teams were selected. Each team included three senior high school students and one teacher-coach.

The finalists received technical training from Think Lab and Acer Taiwan’s Kevin Chuang in September 2018.  The teams also got a sensor expansion pack, microcontroller unit, and the Acer Cloudprofessor kit to use for their projects. A three-month development, testing, and validation period followed for each project. All the finished projects used the Acer Cloudprofessor as their platform. 

Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

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