MANILA –The best science and technology projects are ones that can truly uplift communities. This is the idea behind the 3rdimake.wemake, an innovative technology project competition for senior high school students.
Organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) in partnership with leading educational materials publisher and distributor C&E Publishing, Inc., the competitionseeks to unleash the creativity of young Filipinos in innovation using accessible technologies.
Students will get the opportunity to pitch, build, and present their science and technology projects that cater to important societal and community issues.This year, participants will use the Arduino CTC 101 kit to build their projects.
DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo said that the project aims to improve the students’ engineering and technical proficiencies, as well as develop their communication, critical and analytical thinking skills.
The competition comes in three stages: 1) Call for Proposals and Selection: 2) Technical Training/Workshop and Project Pitching; and 3) Final Project Presentation and Judging.
To join, a team composed of (3) three Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 students and (1) one teacher per school may submit a project proposal addressing any of the following areas: food safety, security, traffic/road congestion, health, education, disaster mitigation, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and environment. This should be accompanied by a 2-3 minute video supporting the concept.
School teams passing the selection process will be invited to attend a five-day technical training/workshop on basic electronics, programming, troubleshooting, and presentation skills. Each team will also get free kit-of-parts.
Teams will be given a build and testing period of three months prior to the final project presentation and judging. The projects will be evaluated by the board of judgesbased on relevance and potential impact on the community of interest, novelty, viability, and community engagement.
Three school teams will win P100,000 cash prize and The Youth Innovation Prize each.
Deadline for submission of proposals is on August 10, 2019.
Contest mechanics and entry form may be downloaded at bit.ly/3rdimake_entryform and bit.ly/3rdimake_mechanics.