U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires launches the American Space Innovation Fair

On December 7, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Michael Klecheski opened the American Corner Manila’s “Invention Stories: A Maker’s Journey to Innovation” Fair, underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to empower innovators to create real-world solutions while promoting sustainable development.

The STEAM Upcycling Graduates

The Fair was the culminating event of the American Corner’s nine-month STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Upcycling program in which participants learned to repurpose, reuse, and reinvent discarded items into innovative products.  At the fair, program graduates showcased their innovations and representatives from innovative U.S. and Filipino companies offered suggestions and advice.  The Fair and the Upcycling program were initiatives of the Embassy’s American Spaces in the Philippines, and support sustainable bilateral development outcomes in education through STEAM.

The Team’s #InventionStories

TEAM PLA

Title of the Project: Dunk It Plastics

Team Members: Ernesto Jose Bilar – Faculty, Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business, DLSU-Manila; Gwen Castillon – Faculty, College of Science – DLSU-Manila; Kevin Anthony Kaw – Faculty, College of Science – DLSU-Manila; Miguel Paolo Paredes – Faculty, College of Liberal Arts – DLSU-Manila; Jasmine Angelie Albelda – Faculty, College of Science – DLSU-Manila

In a world now dominated by plastic waste, Team PLA wanted to create a system to reduce the waste littering the environment.  In recent decades, plastic waste has severely affected our planet’s ecosystems.  The team’s solution is the “Stuff It Challenge,” a system that urges Filipinos to fill up their used plastic bottles with more plastic and use these as eco-bricks.  This project aimed to make the stuffing easier by grinding down hard plastics into smaller sizes, creating a more compact eco-brick.

TEAM HANNA

Title of the Project: EdukFan

Team Members: Ma. Catalina Malilin – Faculty, Taguig National High School; Josel Pamintuan – Faculty, Taguig National High School; Rodel Esplana – Faculty, Signal Village National High School ; Mary Ann Ares – Faculty, Signal Village National High School; Hanna Kathrine Ardan – Student, Gokongwei College of Engineering – DLSU Manila

Team Hanna is composed of mostly public school teachers who are recipients of U.S. Embassy Access Microscholarship grants.  The group used their STEAM Upcycling Design Thinking training to target an audience that was close to their hearts: public school students.  Team Hanna developed the “EdukFan.”  They designed and built their own low-cost fan using upcycled electronic parts and incorporated Arduino micro-controller board system and solar panel to provide free, clean energy.

TEAM SAGIP

Title of the Project: Mini Farm

Team Members: Nema Corneja – Co-Academic Personnel, DLSU Libraries; Anika Dana Sengko – Faculty, Navotas National High School; Marvin Ronald Calanoc – Faculty, Navotas National High School; Sato Tatsuya – Student, Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business, DLSU-Manila; Yugosta Basbas – Librarian, DLSU Libraries

Team Sagip created a “Mini Farm” that aimed to address agricultural issues including the dearth of agricultural literacy among Filipinos and the lack of access to healthy food in urban areas.  The team’s Mini Farm is an indoor garden in a box that is suitable for the office or home.  It uses artificial light to provide the crops with the required light levels.

TEAM PECHAY

Title of the Project: STEAMPak

Team Members: Harry Joseph Serrano – Faculty, College of St. Benilde; Allan Tan – Co Academic Personnel, DLSU Libraries; Rose Ann Camille Dionisio – Faculty, College of St. Benilde; Myrthon Joselito Mago – Faculty, Industrial Design – College of St. Benilde

Team Pechay focused on fusing a reclaimed tarpaulin with smart tech to create a bag called “SteamPak”.  SteamPak is designed for STEAM teachers on the go.  It is equipped with a solar powered charging hub and Arduino-controlled luggage security.  It is a combination of dependability, security, and style.

TEAM UNDERGRAD

Title of the Project: Kinetic Charging Bike

Team Members: John Patrick Mercado – Student, Gokongwei College of Engineering – DLSU Manila; Qristopher Regalado – Student, College of Liberal Arts – DLSU Manila; Mia Claire Catapang – Student, College of Liberal Arts – DLSU Manila; Mariel Christine Cuartero – Student, Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business – DLSU Manila; Dominique Hannah Sy – Student, School of Economics – DLSU Manila

Team Undergrad aimed to address diseases associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, particularly in the urban areas, and to promote clean energy consumption.  Thus, the team designed and created a hybrid bicycle capable of kinetic charging.  Since kinetic motion (pedaling the bike) is the product’s key to producing electricity, this charger creates an incentive to sedentary individuals to get some physical activity and promotes clean energy.