by RONALYN BANAKEN
From left: Oginne Lapuz, Krenz Manzano, Bianca Alegre, Julius Cabreros, Alfred Reyes, John Clemer, Jhona Lissa Apita, and John Alvin Baloran
It was a sheer display of brilliance in science and technology (S&T) for the University of Baguio (UB) as it recently raked in big wards in both robotics and research.
The University’s Electronics Engineering students dominated the recently concluded 2013 Department of Science and Technology (DOST) North Luzon Cluster S&T Fair and Exhibit Robotics Competition held at Benguet State University on Sept. 30 – Oct. 4.
In the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit – Sibol College Creative Research category, Bianca Mae Alegre’s “Vehicular Glass Breakage Alarm System with Short Messaging Service” won first place and will be representing the region in the National Invention Contest and Exhibit which will be held in July next year.
Meanwhile, Krenz Manzano’s “Carbon Monoxide Emission Monitor” snared the second place in the Microcontroller-Based Application Robotics Competition while John Alvin Baloran’s high-speed mobot captured the third place in the Microcontroller-Based Line Following Mobot Race category.
Likewise, the UB High School, assisted by UB’s Electronics Engineering students, garnered the first and third places in the Microcontroller-Based Application.
The UB Science High School (UBSHS) participants – coached by Julius Victor Cabreros and Allen Pinading – also seized the first place in TTL Mobot Race.
UB also bested all the other booth competitors, winning the Best Robotics-Themed Booth award at the conclusion of the DOST Robotics Competition.
Victor Oyaman Jr. and April Bagayao – both of the UB School of Natural Sciences – nailed the third place in the Sibol College Creative Research. Their entry, “Ginger Extract as Procoagulant for Serum Assays,” explored the use of ginger extract as an agent in promoting in-vitro (tube-based) clotting of blood.
The study also won third place during the poster presentation at the National Phismets Congress last January.
Teresa Villanueva, the research adviser, noted the results of the study “yielded favorable results.”
“The [ginger] extract can actually be a substitute for the commercially sold procoagulants – and that [the ginger extract] is better. Based on our tests, it did not cause any changes in the level of analytes in serum,” she added.
“It promotes clotting, so it’s a potential alternative.”
Blood clotting – technically called coagulation – is an important stage of wound healing.
UB has consistently won major awards in the DOST S&T Fair and Exhibit over the years.
Furthermore, Beatriz Calpito, a third year student of UBSHS, was also recognized as the “Best Research Presentor” during the National Seminar-Forum on Environmental Chemistry, Health, Safety and Sustainability” at the Hotel Supreme on Sept. 27-29.
Calpito’s paper, “An Improvised FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) Trap for Kitchen Waste Water,” was featured during the forum organized by the Quezon City-based Association of Behavioral Scientists, Teachers, Researchers, and Community Trainers and UP Manila’s SALIKASAN.