Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Five young Filipino inventors from the Philippine Science High School campus in Cagayan Valley bested 26 other teams from across the country and took home the top prize in The Bright Ideas Challenge organized by petrochem giant Shell in February.
Their invention dubbed “Pipe-to Manalo-to” is a pico hydro-electric generator that can be installed in water pipes to generate electricity for the home. Their prototype for a generator that uses a Kaplan propeller made from tin cans and fitted into a pipe T-joint cost only P100 to build. They envision the T-join to replace the elbow joints of household water pipes, with the water pressure running the device like a dynamo and the current flowing through an abutting electrical wire. The idea in their curious minds was translated into reality with the use of a tin can, a motor from a Tamiya toy car and a T-junction.
The team from PSHS Cagayan Valley won an all-expenses paid trip to Singapore to attend Shell’s Make the Future Festival, as well as P100,000 for their school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, and another P100,000 that the team members said they would use for research and development to further improve their contraption.
TBIC recognizes high school students whose inventions illustrate how STEM can tackle real world concerns such as energy sustainability and efficiency. Such programs are critical in encouraging students with potential to excel in the STEM track that is part of the K to 12 program of the Department of Education. The achievement of the PSHS students from Cagayan Valley should serve as an inspiration for students, teachers and mentors to continue seeking creative and effective ways to tap the potential waiting to be discovered in the hearts and minds of our youth that could propel them to lead fulfilled lives and make significant contributions to nation building at the same time.*