Public high school students recently gathered in Angat, Bulacan to participate and compete in the fourth and last phase of the youth program ?Hyundai New Thinkers Camp?.
The science camp was a collaboration between the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the Department of Science and Technology and Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Korean carmaker Hyundai.
The event, held at the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation in the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, was staged to inspire and breed the next-generation leaders, innovators, and climate scientists of the country through a series of non-traditional learning activities.
Twenty teams of third year public high school students from Metro Manila, and Regions III & IV showcased their Bayanihan Projects that tackled climate change-related issues in their communities.
In the end, it was the Philippine Science High School–Central Luzon Campus which took home the top prize of P90,000 cash and college scholarships that can be used for any science-related course.
The science high school devised a water filter system using a locally abundant material called Bentonite to source clean water from Abacan River for indigenous people.
With eutrophication and sedimentation prevailing in the Abacan River, Jan Louise Cabrera, Joshua Miguel Danac and mentor Karizz Anne Morante created a filtration system using Bentonite clay ? a product of lahar erosion and an effective adsorbent of dirt ? to benefit the Aeta community in Barangay Sapangbato in Angeles, City Pampanga.
The second placer was Emilio C. Bernabe High School, which won P75,000 worth of science scholarships. The third prize, meanwhile, went to Kasarinlan High School, which was awarded with P60,000 worth of college scholarships.
Emilio Bernabe High School?s Neal Renz Empleo, Sheena Coleen Labampa and coach Marites Banzon placed second with 90.1 points for their project ?Motorized Boat Made of Junked Home Appliances as Alternate to Rubber Boat during Flood Rescue Operations?. They won medals, certificates, a cash prize of P75,000 and two scholarship slots.
Kasarinlan High School?s ?Hydrocab?project, Philippine Science High School ? Main Campus? ?Incorporation of Coir Geotextile, Aeration, and Rice Husk Filter into Localized Home Rainwater Harvesting?, and Sisters of Mary School?s ?Electroschwartz Vertical Axis Wind Turbine? rounded up the top five.
Completing the top 10 are Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School (rPLANT Project), Pateros National High School (Eco-Riders), Claro M. Recto Information and Communication Technology High School (5 E?s in Waste Segregation), Mariveles National High School (Biodegradable Tamarind Seed-Based Plastic: A Remedy for the Changing Climate), and Valenzuela City Science High School (H2O FLOOD).