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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ACER Empowers Young Innovators at the Imake.Wemake Finals

The Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) partnered with ICT giant, ACER Philippines for the upgraded version of Imake.Wemake contest using CloudProfessor. This is a simplified coding and programming contest for senior high school students nationwide.

"The idea behind CloudProfessor is to teach students to use robotics and programming in developing more innovative solutions. Combined with brilliant proofs of concepts, the students were able to take it further with some of the promising projects addressing the country's pressing traffic situation, outdated agricultural methods, poor disaster mitigation, rising pollution and even our endangered biodiversity. This partnership with DOST to create Imake.Wemake harness the potential of young minds to create loT-based solutions to make Filipino lives better," said Manual Wong, Acer Philippines Manager Director.

"We are very impressed with the projects because some of the products here are like made by engineers. We have so many gifted high school students that's why we need to upgrade our lessons and facilities because these students have the capacity and enthusiasm to build proto-types. There's also the need to focus on hands-on teaching and improve quality of teaching and curriculum," said DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo. "This is also a challenge for teachers because kids nowadays are so advanced. With the projects presented here, some are patentable."

"We encourage high school students especially those in senior high to avail of the DOST scholarship programs and the young professionals for graduate courses scholarships because aside from the universities here, we have very good partners abroad. We give full tuition plus book allowance and monthly stipend," added Dr. Biyo.

A total of 65 teams joined the competition and it was trimmed down to 16 finalists who attended the 5-day free training and pitching programs. The 16 teams were given hands-on training on the Arduino digital and analog system and Acer CloudProfessor to power their projects. Once the proto-types were built, the teams pitched their inventions to DOST-SEI's board of judges.

The 16 team finalists includes students from: Centro Escolar University- Manila, College of Saint 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 (PSHS)- Cagayan Valley, PSHS- Cordillera Administrative Region, 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 University of the Philippines- Cubao. Three outstanding projects will be chosen from the finalists and each team will receive the Youth Innovation Award and P50,000 cash prize.

"These students are powered not by just our CloudProfessor but by their intent to solve problems," Mr. Wong said. "For this reason, choosing from their inventions will be a difficult job for the judges. With loT integrated, we can even see them set a new benchmark for next year's pool of contestants."

Board of Judges receiving Certificate of Appreciation

The team from College of Saint John- Roxas won the special prize for creating a smartwatch for the hearing-impared.

The teams from the Technological Institute of the Philippines- Cubao (Project Anitun Tabu), Philippine Science High School, Easter Visayas (Smart Automated Aquaponics System), and New Era University (Automated Irrigation), won the Youth Innovation Award and P50,000 for each team.

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