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High School Students Awarded For Their Inventions At The Youth Tackle Nexus Issues AwardsThese students came up with some incredible inventions!by Kate Borbon .
Students from 10 high schools were awarded for their groundbreaking inventions to solve the food-water-energy nexus issues at this year’s NXplorers: The Bright Ideas Challenge 2019 (NX: TBIC) last November 29!
NXplorers, the global education arm of Shell, was introduced to the Philippines this year to encourage the youth to take part in addressing the issues surrounding the food-water-energy nexus. The systems providing access to these resources are intricately connected: water generates power, energy treats and transports water, and water and energy are needed to produce food.
With the global population continually rising and the environment being endangered, it is more important than ever to make sure that all these resources are protected so that everyone has access to them.
The NXplorers program teaches systems thinking, scenario planning, and theory of change methodology to help young people understand and find ways to solve complex global issues.
The participants joined a series of workshops where they explored the relationship in the nexus and how changes can affect those relationships. They were then challenged to create solutions to protect and maximize those resources.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Oriental Mindoro National High School’s Team NX-US brought home the grand prize for their smart watering system that detects soil moisture content and sends users a text message containing crop data. They were also awarded a cash prize of P100,000.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Gusa Regional Science High School’s Team Marigold won first place for their handheld generator that produces energy using heat difference through the Seebeck effect. They were also awarded a cash prize of P70,000.
Philippine Science High School Cagayan Valley’s Team Agribon won second place for building a drone that can water and spray crops with fertilizer. They were also awarded a cash prize of P50,000.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Bansud Regional Science High School’s Team Antipara and Ramon Teves Pastor Memorial Dumaguete Science High School’s Team A-Team were given merit awards of P20,000.
Each of the remaining five schools was given P10,000 for reaching the final 10. Team NX-US also received the people’s choice award of P5,000 for winning the popular vote on the competition’s online platform.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
“Innovative problem-solving needs a good understanding of how change happens,” said Cesar Romero, country chairman of Shell Companies in the Philippines. “Shell supports the development of local STEM education, because it will help the youth learn the creative and critical thinking skills needed to envision the future.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Romero added, “This program has shown that we can engage the youth to generate ideas. Young Filipinos have so much potential to create positive change for the country, even outside NXplorers.”
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