The La Consolacion College Bacolod STEM team is currently participating in the imake.wemake bootcamp, where they are learning and competing with other teams from across the country. Project members Arianna Alexa Amedo, Mikylla Bucabal, Geson Cabalatungan, and Andrew Eroyla are undergoing extensive technical training and mentoring as they strive for the championship title.
The imake.wemake project is an initiative of the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, aimed at fostering the creativity of young Filipinos to enable them to discover their potential and learn the process of using innovation to benefit their communities. The project teaches various competencies, including project proposal making, communication skills, critical and analytical thinking, engineering and technical skills, and the value of risk and failure analysis. It is founded on the values of creating, collaborating, and innovating to solve community problems.
Dr. Josette T. Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI, expressed her excitement and gratitude for imake.wemake’s partnership with C&E Publishing, Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, and Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. She welcomed the top 20 school finalists and challenged them to make the most of their learning during the competition.
The imake.wemake bootcamp includes various training sessions to develop the participants’ knowledge and skills in Arduino and Electronics, Internet of Things (IoT), and Single Board Computers. The training sessions are organized to create more doers and thinkers of today.
During the first module, the team learned the basics of Arduino and Electronics from Mr. Mark Jayson de Jesus, Ms. Elgie Cabarubias, and Ms. Veena Crizza Barnachea of the ThinkLab team. Arduino is an open-source, simplified, and user-friendly hardware development board that can be used in designing, manufacturing, and building digital devices. The team was also introduced to IoT and Single Board Computers, which are interrelated computing devices and digital machines that can exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet.
On the second day, the team deepened their knowledge of Arduino programming and technology with the help of Mr. Josiah L. Sicad of ThinkLab. The training days facilitated growth mindsets, challenged mental toughness, and fostered teamwork and collaboration among the 20 school-teams.
Under the guidance of Mr. Felix Dalida as Coach and Mr. Jomil Villanueva, STEM Strand Chair, the La Consolacion College Bacolod STEM team was able to beat out other entries from across the country. Their participation in the prestigious competition is a testament to the quality of education and training provided at the institution, which is committed to fostering innovation and excellence.