Chronicles of a Young Wife: Speaker’s Profile: Kid Innovators

These are the first batch of Wyeth Philippines Kid Innovators. Unfortunately, I don’t have their official photos but still, get to know more about them here:

Aliana Mae Arales, 17

Invention: Tri-Axis Accelerometer as Commercial Seismic Wave Sensor

Award: GOLD, 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan

Aliana is the daughter of Allan Arales, an overseas Filipino worker, and May Arales, a full-time housewife.

In elementary, she started showing interest and aptitude in science. She represented her school, Don Bosco, Manila, in an interschool elementary science quiz bee called Bright Sparks of The Mind Season 5, where she became a finalist.

In High School, Aliana transferred to Manila Science High School, where her thinking skills were honed. At age 15, Aliana and her group mates developed the Tri-Axis Accelerometer as Commercial Seismic Wave Sensor, an earthquake detector, for their science project. They successfully created a working model and presented their invention at the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan. They came home with a Gold Medal.

Aside from a knack in science, Aliana is also proficient in English. She won First Place at the LIYAB ‘13 –11th NCR-wide Journalism Training Seminar and Contest.

She is currently studying BA Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Always interested in gaining new knowledge, Aliana enjoys reading, writing, and taking online classes like Edx and Coursera.

Jejomar Derecho, 17

Invention: Tri-Axis Accelerometer as Commercial Seismic Wave Sensor

Award: GOLD, 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan

 Jejomar has been fascinated with science and research since he was ten years old. One of his earliest “projects” was converting a microphone into a speaker by connecting the microphone chord to the speaker slot, and turning a few knobs in the amplifiers. He loved exploring how things work.

With hard work and guidance from his parents Arturo and Belinda Arturo Derecho, Jejomar graduated Valedictorian at the Bo. Obrero Elementary School. He then transferred to Manila Science High School to further hone his skills in Science.

When Jejomar was 14 years old, he and his teammates Tristan and Aliana started working on their invention, a commercial seismic wave sensor. The year after, they presented their work at the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards and received a Gold Medal.

 

When he graduated in MSHS in 2014, he received the Silver Medal and Star Awardee- First Meritorious Award.

Jejomar is now a BS Applied Physics sophomore at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Although very serious with his studies, Jejomar still has time for fun. Playing the ukulele and guitar, watching films, and surfing the internet are some activities this young inventor likes to do.

Justine Silvestre, 16

Invention: Oxygen Plasma Surface Modification of Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Acetate-Chitosan Nanocomposite Fiber: It’s Effect on Hydrophilicity and Anti-Bacterial Property Against E. coli and S. aureus

Award: Best Overseas Project and Best in Oral Presentation,

Mahidol Wittayanusorn School (MWITS) Science Fair held in Thailand

 Hard work and the pursuit for knowledge are values that have been instilled in Justine since he was little. His parents Eric and Belma Silvestre taught him the importance of education. With this mindset, he finished his primary education at Angelicum Academy of Heritage Marilao as class valedictorian.

Justine passed the entrance examinations in Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon Campus. It was in PSHS where he started conceptualizing different science projects, along with his group mates. He was only 14 years old when they came up with Oxygen Plasma Surface Modification of Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Acetate-Chitosan Nanocomposite Fiber, which is a wound dressing that has antibacterial properties, allowing wounds to heal faster. Their group worked on this invention for two years. Their hard work and creativity bore fruit when they were recognized as Best Overseas Project in the Mahidol Wittayanusorn School Science Fair in Thailand last year.

Justine graduated high school with honors. Continuing his journey to learning and innovation, Justine took the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) and ranked number 1 among the Top 3 passers in B.S. Biology.  Today, he is a freshman at UP Manila, aspiring to become a neurologist.

Despite his outstanding achievements, just like other kids, Justine likes playing video games and outdoor sports.

 

Adrian Dela Cruz, 16

Invention: Oxygen Plasma Surface Modification of Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Acetate-Chitosan Nanocomposite Fiber: It’s Effect on Hydrophilicity and Anti-Bacterial Property Against E. coli and S. aureus

Award: Best Overseas Project and Best in Oral Presentation,

Mahidol Wittayanusorn School (MWITS) Science Fair held in Thailand

 Adrian is a kid with big ideas. Just like many young boys, he dreamt of constructing buildings and creating robots. When he enrolled at the Philippine Science High School, his thoughts and ideas were put into paper for science research projects. Among the many research topics he and his team mates passed for their science class, it was the nano fibers with anti-bacterial properties used in dressing wounds that received recognition.

He is now a freshman at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

 

Mari Christine Amon, 18

Invention: Light Intensity Meter Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock: GT-VALOCK

Award: GOLD, 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan

With the motivation and guidance of her parents Mario and Christie Amon, Mari gained creativity and passion for learning as early as when she was six years old. She was a consistent honor student throughout her primary years at Philippine Pasay Chung Hua Academy.  She graduated with a 1st Honorable Mention and Best in Math award.

Mari was also a topnotcher in different academic tests like the Elementary Level Competency Measure (ELCOM) and Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) for Elementary. She even competed in the MTAP-Deped Math Challenge.

In high school, her natural skill in inventing was put to use in designing the actual prototype of their team’s invention, the GT-VALOCK. It was initially just for a science class project, but it qualified for the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards and eventually received GOLD recognition.

Fittingly, she and her team received the First Meritorious Award when they graduated in Manila Science High School.

She is now pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the De La Salle University, Manila.

 To express her creativity, Mari does calligraphy and lettering among her other hobbies.

 

Jeanne Alexis Marasigan, 17

Invention: Light Intensity Meter Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock: GT-VALOCK

Award: GOLD, 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan

Multi-talented Jeanne is the youngest of five children of Fernando and Sylvia Marasigan. With everyone in the family having careers in scientific field, it seemed natural that Jeanne would follow the same path.

In elementary, she was active in different school activities, competing in Science Quiz competitions and participating in club presentations. Aside from a share of academic achievements, Jeanne has joined several singing contests and placed in third in most.

When she was 14 years old, her science class group proposed the use of coconut shell (cocos nucifera) as fuel. The project was feasible but during that time resources and technology to break down the shell into ethanol were inaccessible.  Her group decided to think of a more practical project.

Not losing hope, her group observed the increased incidences of fires caused by LPG leaks. Jeanne and her group mates proposed the creation of a device that immediately shuts off the LPG tank when people leave the house, through light sensor. This was how they came about with the Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock. It received a Gold Award at the2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards.

Jeanne likes to perform on stage and listen to music. She owns a Tumblr blog, which she regularly updates.

 

Leira Mae Socito, 17

Invention: Light Intensity Meter Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock: GT-VALOCK

Award: GOLD, 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan

 Leira is the outgoing and smart daughter of Ariel and Lilian Socito. Supportive of their child’s independent spirit, they allowed Leira to explore different avenues of learning — from academics to sports and volunteering for causes.

She finished her elementary education at the University of the East Manila, where she was a consistent honor student and in the top 10 of their class.

In high school, Leira showed her practical problem-solving skills when her team conceptualized the Gas Tank Automatic Valve Lock (GT -VALOCK), a possible solution to the recurring fire incidents caused by gas leaks. Their group was one of the teams that represented Manila Science High School at the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan. The GT-VALOCK was recognized and awarded a Gold Medal.

Today, Leira is a sophomore at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila taking up Finance and Treasury Management. She is also a touch rugby player of her university’s team.

Leira is a volunteer of the Rotaract Club of Raja Sulayman, a community based organization that campaigns disaster preparedness and awareness.

Her other interests include dancing, singing and acting.

 

Alexis Andrea Tamayo, 17

Invention: Light Intensity Meter Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock: GT-VALOCK

Award: GOLD, 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan

Alex has been a leader and achiever since she was young. Even after transferring to three different schools during her elementary years, she maintained high grades and was an honor student in every school she attended.

She completed her secondary education at the Manila Science High School where she participated in different school competitions.  She was a Student Delegate for South Korea during Manila Science HS and Incheon Yeil HS Sister School Program.

For their science class, Alexis and her classmates conducted a research exploring the use of Fish Viscera oil as an additive to biofuel. They were forced to leave this project behind due to lack of school equipment. Unfazed by this setback, she and her team mates developed the Light Intensity Meter Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock, which won at the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards.

Outside school, Alexis enjoys writing, reading fiction, photography, travelling and learning foreign languages.

She is now a sophomore taking up BS Nursing at the University of the Philippines, Manila.

Whinley Hasset Uy, 17

Invention: Light Intensity Meter Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock: GT-VALOCK

Award: GOLD, 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards held in Taiwan

Growing up, Whinley has always been curious. She spent a lot of her time tinkering with equipment and watching her father repair damaged units in their computer shop, instead of getting into mischief like other kids her age.

She finished elementary at St Paul Grade School, Tondo, with flying colors. She received several awards including 2nd Honorable Mention, Academic Excellence in all subjects, and Girl Scouts of the Philippines Leadership Medal.

It was when she studied in Manila Science High School that she started to stand out due to her inquisitive thinking.  Sharing her observations and ideas on how to prevent gas leaks, she and her team mates came up with the Light Intensity Meter Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock. Working on their hypothesis for over year, their team completed their invention, joined a competition and won an award. Their project received a Gold Medal Award at the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition held in Tainan, Taiwan.

 Like most girls her age, Whinley is into romantic and sci-fi novels, dancing and Korean Pop music. She plays bowling and badminton, and is a dog lover.

She is currently studying at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

 

Ahmed “Amin” Ibn Djaliv Turabin Hataman, 14

Invention: Biodegradable plastics made of nata de coco
Award:
2015 BRONZE, I-SWEEP Olympiad

2014 GOLD, International Young Inventors Olympiad

At the young age of 2, Amin displayed interest in books, particularly those related to Science. His mother would patiently read to him every day, widening his knowledge of the world.

As a result of his early inquisitiveness, Amin became a consistent academic excellence awardee throughout his elementary years. He was also an active school leader and was president of the Grade School Student Council when he was in Grade 6.

Now a high school student in the Fountain International School in Manila, he continues to balance his studies with extracurricular organizations like the student government body and the school’s football team.

As a requirement for a science class, Amin and his Turkish classmate Gokturk Karabulut had a project called “Feasibility Study on the Use of Nata de Coco for Biodegradable Plastic”. Together with their teacher, Amin and his group mate pursued the study because he believed that once it is proven, it will open opportunities for the economy of Basilan, his hometown, whose primary industry is coconut.

In 2014, the invention qualified as an entry in the International Young Inventors’ Project Olympiad in Tbilisi, Georgia. He and his team mate presented their project and they received the gold medal citation. They went on to receive a Bronze Award at the International Environmental Project Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey on the same year.

Early this year, Amin presented their invention at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environmental Project (I-SWEEEP) Olympiad in Houston. Out of the 462 entries, their project ranked third.

His hobbies include playing the guitar, mountain-trekking and swimming.

If you think you are raising a genius, scientist or a potential world changer, head over to these links to know more about Wyeth’s latest search for Kid Innovators!

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