MANILA -- Several young Filipinos were recognized for their outstanding science projects during the grand finals of the Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators held recently at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Center.
The nationwide contest seeks to inspire the youth to explore the wonders of science and innovation. It is among the advocacy programs of Wyeth Nutrition to help nurture every child’s potential for greatness by empowering them to pursue their passion for innovation and scientific inquiry.
The science projects were presented to the judges, who chose the top three based on innovativeness and functionality (40 percent), resourcefulness and creativity (30 percent), social relevance (20 percent), and presentation, neatness and quality (10 percent).
The top three teams are Malycka Roz C. Rentuza and Hannah Nicole Gaudiel of Philippine Science High School-Central Visayas campus; Jericho Gomez Villarico of Baguio City High School; and Katrina Ysabel Sison, Adrianne A. Ong, and Andrea Samantha V. Estrella of St. Scholatica’s College Manila.
The Anti-Ripening Paper by Rentuza and Gaudiel was developed to address the fast spoilage of fruits, which leads to profit loss for farmers and businessmen, as well as the lack of fruit supply in the market. It also provides a cheaper alternative to commercial anti-ripening solutions that many exporters usually employ.
Villarico developed the Auto-Call Doorknob to reduce the incidence of burglary by giving a more efficient alternative to home alarms. The Auto-Call Doorknob is programmed to directly contact the homeowner when an intruder attempts to open the door. It also takes a picture of the intruder, which may serve as an evidence for investigation.
The Banana Stem Water Filtration and Distillation System by Sison, Ong and Estrella was developed to serve as an eco-friendly alternative to commercial water filtration systems. It takes pride of its four levels of filtration that effectively clears water off alien substances, odor, and microorganisms.
The top kid innovators received a cash prize of P100,000 and a plaque of recognition, as well as a science and technology showcase worth P100,000 for their school.
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