by RONALYN BANAKEN
INVENTION BUFFS The UB Science High student researchers with UB President Johann Ben Bautista (c); Erlina De Peralta,
principal of UBSHS (sixth from left); and Julius Simon, research adviser (sixth from right)
Collecting 14 awards, the University of Baguio Science High School (UBSHS) has racked up an incredibly impressive array of awards in consecutive student research competitions.
Science, Math Festival
During the Department of Education Regional Science and Math Festival in Lagawe, Ifugao on Oct. 3-4, Oliver Tabin Jr. won first place in the individual Cluster 2 – Physical Science competition with his “Automated Mayday Alert System” while Angel Siti’s “Solar-Powered Street Lamp” landed her in the fourth place.
A device that could be installed in cars, the automated mayday alert system works like an anti-break-in apparatus – one of its features is a button which sounds an alarm if pushed. The alarm would then trigger the device to send a message indicating its location to the list of contacts saved in the system.
The automated mayday alert system developed by the UBSHS students works like an emergency device.
The solar-powered street lamp, on the other hand, can be charged using the sun.Julius Simon, adviser for the project, noted the charging-use ratio is one to one. “If you charge it for an hour, you can use it for an hour,” he said.
In the team category, Cheska Valencerina, Veronikka Anne Lee, and Donrey Totanes’ “Prototype Disaster Preventive Device for Earthquake and Landslide” secured the first place. Also solar-powered, the device detects strong geographical movement, sending a signal to the computer.
Likewise, Aldwin Carl Guzman, Osman Digermo, and Justin Marcus Andrada – with their“Ultrasonic Sight for the Blind” entry – settled second. The apparatus serves as a cane – only in the form of gloves – in that when worn can sense the presence of an obstacle 12 feet away, producing a beep. The closer the blockage, the faster the beep sounds.
Meanwhile, the “Robotic Flood Solution System” – created by Marc Joseph Tan, Jan Zeddrieck Dacawi, and Jose Anton Miguel Martin – finished third while Maria Melissa De Guia, Alyanna Era Felipe, and Roberto Javier Pantaleon clutched the fourth place with their “Multifunctional Robotic Arm.”
The robotic flood solution system, when mounted in a drainage gutter, detects when the level of water is above the prescribed normal level. It sends signal to the computer indicating the water level. Meanwhile, the hook-like multifunctional robotic arm is “basically for picking things up,” as Simon noted.
Furthermore, Jayrard Randrei Julian, Ian Cachin, Paolo Chio, and John Joseph Pariñal (“Handmounted Mouse”) went home with theirfifth-place win, two places ahead of Vencis Eunice Dulay, Xanthia Alexi Rei Palad, and Eunice Francheska Torres who finished at the seventh spot with their “Motor Actuated Battery-Operated Shopping Cart.”
The group’s handmounted mouse – positioned in the palm – can be used 12 feet away from the computer. “It’s essentially for presentations,” Simon said. Likewise, their motor shopping cart has a metallic sensor which if set up moves in the direction of the shopper without being pushed or pulled.
The entries are all part of the students’ investigatory projects.
UBSHS also pocketed awards in the festival’s science and math quiz bees. Coached by Ian De Leon, Mikail Guerero De Veratopped the Math for Grade 8 Quiz while Sae Na Na – mentored by Ryan Saingan – landed second in the Physics Quiz.
DOST Fair, Exhibits
In another contest – the Northern Luzon Science and Technology Fair and Exhibits by the Department of Science and Technology held in Benguet State University last Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 – the team amassed recognitions. Their “Prototype Disaster Preventive Device for Earthquake and Landslide” and “Ultrasonic Sight for the Blind” clinched the first and third places, respectively, in the Robotics Competition. Likewise, the group’s “Robotic Flood Solution System” won second in the Creative Research (Sibol) Award. Further, Elisha Chan, Warren De Peralta, and Jandre Tolentino topped the Mobot Race.
“We acknowledge the support of our stakeholders, the parents and the school administration, and the support from the University’s School of Engineering and Architecture specifically the Mechatronics, ECE and Zilog laboratories. We didn’t reach this far without them,” said Erlina De Peralta, principal of UBSHS.
Sustaining the winning streak
UBSHS has sustained its winning streak in research competitions over the years. Chiqui Kate Orduña, Chyla Peñafiel and Kenneth Choy won first place with their research “Biomimetics: Ultrasound Guide for the Blind” in 2012 during the National Invention Contest and Exhibits – Student Creative Research (Sibol Award). It also snagged the first place in the Regional Science and Technology Fair cum Exhibit – Cordillera Administrative Region and the second place in the Department of Education’s Regional Science Fair – CAR in 2011. Ryan Saingan served as the adviser for the project.
Also, Aeron Cedric Soria, Caleb Ferrer and Angelica Gallego’s “Community-based Automated Rain Gauge” landed them in first place (Cluster 2 Physical Science Team Category) in the 13th Philippine Intel National Science Fair in 2010. It also placed first in the same category in Regional Math and Science Festival – CAR in 2009. The project was also awarded the following: Most Outstanding Eleventh Grade Exhibit in Engineering from the Yale Science and Engineering Association, Inc., Special Award from the Semiconductor and Electronics Industry in the Philippines, and Special Citation from Smart Communications. Julius Simon was the project adviser.