Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. SHS students win DOST-SEI’s Youth Innovation Contest

In photo above (from left) Carlo Dominique Tolin, 11STEMA17; Jeremy Reuel Cesista, 11STEMA4; Regina Sindayen, T.I.P. SHS faculty; and Ayeesha Mhae Amburan, 11STEMA17.

A team of senior high school (SHS) students from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Quezon City campus took home the Youth Innovation Prize from imake.wemake: create.innovate.collaborate 2018, a science and technology innovation competition organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) in partnership with Acer Philippines. The awarding ceremony was held on December 3 and 4 at the Crimson Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

Out of the 65 proposals submitted by different SHS teams across the country, T.I.P’s Project Anitun Tabu was selected as one of the 16 finalists, and eventually as one of only three winners, bagging a trophy and a Php50,000 cash prize. Winners were chosen according to their “project’s viability and potential to address important societal and community issues.”

Project Anitun Tabu is a weather advisory system developed by T.I.P. SHS STEM students Carlo Dominique Tolin, Ayeesha Mhae Amburan, and Jeremy Reuel Cesista, together with their coach T.I.P. SHS faculty Regina Sindayen.

Named after the ancient Tagalog people’s goddess of wind and rain, Project Anitun Tabu is a portable weather station. It aims to provide more accurate, reliable, and automated weather readings, forecasting, and advisories through the integration of conventional weather sensors and artificial neural networks, all of which were developed by the team. Project Anitun Tabu also utilized Acer CloudProfessor for data processing and analysis.

Built as a device that works in conjunction with an app, Project Anitun Tabu’s main features include: software support for live data graphing, real time weather predictions using artificial intelligence, and mobile-based and browser-based user interfaces. It was calibrated and validated by the Instruments Research and Development Unit –PAGASA (IRDU–PAGASA) to be as accurate as their weather sensing instruments. However, Project Anitun Tabu automates the interpretation of these factors, removing the human error of conventional “guess-and-look” weather forecasting practices.

The competition organizers had given each school-team three months to build their prototypes, during which they had encountered challenges that brought out the scientist attributes among the students.

“They have excellent problem-solving skills,” said T.I.P. coach Regina Sindayen. “We met many failures, errors, and trials but they persevered in solving those problems because they kept in mind that failure is just another step closer to success.”

Now on its second year, imake.wemake. aims to empower young engineers and scientists to address community problems through collaboration, science, technology, and innovation.