06 April 2017
One is a smart hydropower generator device that aims to lessen their school’s electric bill. Another is a cost-effective tool violations to help address a local road issue. And the other is a water level rise alert system that seeks to reinforce disaster mitigation and warning system protocols in a Yolanda-struck community.
What’s common in these three technologies?
These are no products of expert scientists or engineers—at least not yet—but of young high school students from Makati, Bataan, and Leyte.
These brilliant students also happen to be the first-ever recipients of the Youth Innovation Prize in the recently concluded imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate. of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).
In the Final Presentation of Projects and Awarding Ceremony held on 28 March 2017 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center, Miriam College, Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visasas Campus’ (PSHS EVC)“Water Rise Alert System”, Pitogo High School’s “Project I.R.I.S. or Intercepting Relayed Imaging System”, and Limay National High School’s “Project Maxima: Hydropower Generator” emerged on top of nine other technologies from same number of team-finalists.
PSHS-EVC’s Water Rise Alert System is a device powered with a water level sensor, a radio frequency transmission unit, alarms, a raindrop detector, some lights for danger signaling, and some solar panels fro recharging.
The project, which was launched in 2016, sought to unleash the creativity of students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 through the process of innovation. Teams were asked to pitch project proposals about an invention or a technological solution to any problems they encounter in their respective communities such as traffic, garbage, flooding, and the like. Such technologies should be powered by a smart microcontroller called Intel Galileo Board II, which was sponsored by Emerson Philippines, a lead partner in the project.
A total of 19 proposals were screened of which 13 moved on to the Project Pitch phase held in December last year. All thirteen schools received a training kit and units of Intel Galileo boards for them to utilize. After two months of developing, testing, and validating their technologies, only nine schools were able to present their projects.
The main importance of this project is to construct or fabricate a hydropower generator device, Maxima, with the integration of sensors and rotary turbines controlled by the Intel Galileo Board II; its main platform. The device necessarily needs water so it can be installed near streams and/or bodies of water to generate electricity and give extra clean energy to the school remote areas in the community. The device can also be installed in school water system or pipelines to function as an in-house generator for the school and give clean energy to be utilize by the school. With the integration of a hydropower generator to the electrical and water pipeline system of the school, it can lessen the electric bill of the school; extra budget that can be used for further school engagements or projects.