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Wyeth launches search for Filipino kid innovators

Aiming to spark curiosity in children and encourage their passion for science and innovation, Wyeth Nutrition launched a nationwide search for “kid innovators” during its National Kids’ Innovation Day held at The Mind Museum in Taguig City.

Young Filipino inventors

The search is challenging children aged nine to 14 and from Grades 4 to 8 to submit an innovative science-related project that they produced, either alone or as a group of up to five members, whether in compliance with an academic requirement or as a personal initiative.

“Sparking the spirit of innovation among our young generation can help propel our pursuit toward better lives for Filipino families,” Wyeth Nutrition president and general manager Joseph Eugene David remarked.

The program not only seeks to recognize outstanding kid innovators and their achievements, but also aspires to celebrate their exciting journey towards innovation and encourage them to unleash their curiosity.

Many young Filipino inventors have earned international distinction for their innovative work, among them Manila Science High School alumni Aliana Mae Arales and Jejomar Derecho who developed the Tri-Axis Accelerometer as Commercial Seismic Wave Sensor, bagging the gold in the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards.

Despite challenges, Justine Silvestre and Adrian dela Cruz of the Philippine Science High School came up with a winning project – the   “Oxygen Plasma Surface Modification of Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Acetate-Chitosan Nanocomposite Fiber” – which won the Best Overseas Project at the Mahidol Wittayanusorn School Science Fair in Thailand recently.

14-year-old Amin Hataman who invented biodegradable plastics made of coconut

On the other hand, the group of Jeanne Alexis Marasigan, Whinley Hasset Uy, Mari Christine Amon, Leira Mae Socito and Alexis Andrea Tamayo from Manila Science High School invented the Light Intensity Meter-Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock which won the gold in the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards in Taiwan.

Last year, 14-year-old Amin Hataman invented biodegradable plastics made of coconut which won for him the gold prize in the 2014 International Young Inventors Olympiad in Georgia, and the bronze in the 2015 I-SWEEP Olympiad in Texas.

Participating student/s shall submit (1) a written brief and (2) a simple video presentation on the project, with the endorsement of the Science Department Head of the school. The project must have been undertaken within the period of three years preceding the submission of entry. Submission shall be made via email to [email protected] on or before April 1, 2016. Only one entry per participant or group is allowed.

The top three winning entries of the Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators shall each receive a cash prize of P100,000 and a trophy, along with a science-and-technology showcase worth P100,000 for the partner school.

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