TWO public school students in Makati City have won gold medal at the 5th World Invention Creativity Contest 2016 held at the Seoul Trade Exhibition and Convention in Seoul, South Korea last month.
The young inventors Maven Tavas and Glaiza Orion earned the award for a biopesticide solution that was exhibited under the Environment and Biology Category of the said event.
Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay congratulated them during their recent courtesy call at her office, and expressed her delight over the consecutive victories of the city’s public school students in international academic competitions.
“Congratulations to both of you for earning international recognition through your ingenuity. Thank you for all the hard work you have done to come up with an excellent invention. Your parents and your school are surely very proud of you both, and so are we, your city government, and the people of Makati,” Binay said.
The mayor noted that students from Makati public schools who qualified to represent the country in international math competitions in Thailand and Hongkong last July also did well.
Accompanied by their school principal Ma. Corazon Jose and coach Lilybeth Lumapas, grade 10 students Tavas and Orion exhibited their invention named “The Insecticidal Activity of Fractionated Catharantus roseous (Pink Periwinkle) Leaf Extract against Corcyra cephalonica (Rice Moth) and Tribolium castaneum (Red Flour Beetle).”
On Day One, the participants set up and decorated booths for their respective inventions. On day two, the participating teams took turns in presenting their product in front of the judges, who asked them about the product description, strength, implementation, and patent, among others.
Other countries that participated in the competition included Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, USA, Taiwan and China, among others.
WICC, organized by the Korea University Invention Association, aims to promote science and technology as an essential element in nurturing the youth’s creativity, innovation and development, and give them an opportunity to present their inventions to an international audience.
The inventions may be created using any media and should fall under any of 10 categories: architecture; environment and biology; electric, electronic and computer; stationery and education; health and medical items; furniture and interior design; automotive, transportation, and machines; sporting goods; related to household items; and other inventions.
Also in July, 14 Makati public school students who were part of the Philippine delegation to international mathematics competitions in Bangkok and Hong Kong bagged a number of awards.
Seventh-grader Paul Samson Topacio of Makati Science High School was named the top scorer in the 2016 International Math Wizards Challenge held in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing home a gold medal and a trophy.
Another gold medal was won by fifth-grader Russel Lei Padayao of F. Benitez Elementary School, while fellow Makati students won bronze medals and merit awards.
In the 19th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest held in Hongkong last month, fifth-grader Evgency Cruz of Palanan Elementary School won a bronze medal. Other competitors came from the United States, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, and other Asian countries.