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Senior high school teams from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP-Cubao), Philippine Science High School (PSHS-Eastern Visayas) and New Era University (NEU) won the coveted Youth Innovation Prize and P50,000 cash in the recently concluded imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate., competition of the Department of Science and Technology —Science Education Institute (DoST-SEI).

The judges also picked College of St. John Roxas’ “VIBRAVA smart watch: your ear to disaster project, as recipient of the very first Acer IOT Award.

The competition was aimed at ensuring the steady supply of highly-trained science and technology professionals in the country.

The projects of the four school teams bested 12 other projects in the final presentation and awarding ceremony held recently at the Crimson Hotel in Alabang.

DoST-SEI Director Josette Biyo and Acer Philippines Managing Director Manuel Wong presented the awards in the event which also featured a gallery of the finalists’ innovative projects.

“DoST-SEI exists to ensure a steady supply of highly-trained S&T professionals in the country,” Biyo said.

“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,” Biyo added.

TIP-Cubao’s weather advisory system — “Project Anitun Tabu”; PSHS — Eastern Visayas smart automated aquaponics system and NEU’s automated irrigation and electro culture were chosen as the top projects for this year’s competition for their viability and potential to address important societal and community issues.

The competition, which is now on its second run, received a total of 64 proposals but only 16 made it to the next round.

Prior to the competition, a five-day project pitching and technical training workshop under Think Lab and Acer Taiwan’s Kevin Chuang was held last September.

Each team, composed of three senior high school students and one teacher-coach, received free sensor expansion pack, microcontroller unit and the Acer Cloudprofessor kit.

After the workshop, they were given three months to develop, test and validate their projects.

All 16 team finalists presented their finished projects using the Acer Cloudprofessor as platform.

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