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LCC Bacolod’s STEM Program Advances Sustainability with Sugar Shield Insulation

La Consolacion College Bacolod’s Senior High School STEM program has once again proven its excellence in the national science community. The school’s team has been selected as one of the six qualifying teams out of 66 product development proposals from all over the Philippines in Ateneo de Manila University’s Ateneo Chemistry Olympiad Product Development Competition. Their proposal, Sugar Shield: Cellulose Insulation Slabs made from Sugarcane Bagasse, has earned them a spot in the final round of the competition on April 1, 2023.

The Sugar Shield proposal addresses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #11, which aims to create sustainable cities and communities. The team’s innovative solution involves recycling sugarcane bagasse, a waste product from the sugar industry, into cellulose insulation. This sustainable product provides homeowners with an environmentally beneficial insulation option that enhances comfort and reduces energy use. Commercial facilities can also benefit from using cellulose insulation made from sugarcane bagasse, helping to cut down on energy use and carbon emissions.

The team behind the proposal consists of Nathaniel David Mallari, Kirby Consolado, and Alessandra Pahinado, with their coach, Mr. Adryan Valiao. Sr. Joan Brigida Corazon S. Infante, OSA, President of LCC Bacolod, praised the students and their coaches for this remarkable achievement. This recognition highlights the STEM program’s excellence and affirms LCC Bacolod’s position as a premier institution for STEM education.

LCC Bacolod’s STEM program provides students with quality education and innovative teaching methods that prepare them to be competitive in the science community. The program aims to nurture students’ potential and passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and empower them to create innovative solutions that address real-world problems.

The team’s success in the Ateneo Chemistry Olympiad Product Development Competition is a testament to the program’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. Their proposal is a prime example of how LCC Bacolod’s STEM program equips students with the skills and knowledge to promote sustainable solutions to global issues.