Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. QC tops Student Creative Research Category in DOST-NCR RICE

T.I.P. Mechanical Engineering students Theomar Angelo Alvarado, Jeffrey Añoza, and Carlito Javillo Jr. with T.I.P. President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz (third from right), DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose B. Patalinjug III (second from right), and other representatives from DOST-NCR at the awarding ceremony of DOST-NCR RICE.

Mechanical Engineering students Theomar Angelo Alvarado, Jeffrey Añoza, and Carlito Javillo Jr. of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) Quezon City are the regional winners of the Outstanding Creative Research or Sibol Award category of the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) by the Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) held last November 6-8, 2019 at T.I.P. QC.

The group’s project was entitled “An Innovative Approach on Cargo Transport through the Use of a Suspension Equipped Stairclimber Cart”. It was a modified hand truck with three wheels arranged in an upright triangle making ascending and descending stairs easier. It also has shock absorbers to help control the impact and rebound movement of the cart while carrying heavy loads over uneven surfaces.

The team hopes to benefit small businesses by reducing their struggles in delivering their products to areas with uneven pavement. This reflects DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose B. Patalinjug III’s statement during the opening ceremony of the competition, “Our real battle ground is not here, but within the bounds of our own communities and areas of influences.”

The group from T.I.P. will represent NCR to the DOST National Invention Contest and Exhibits next year.

Two more teams composed of Electronics Engineering students from T.I.P. QC notched the 1st and 4th places of the same category with their projects entitled “Design of a High Side Current Sense Cable Drop Compensation Circuit for Long Distance DC Transmission” and “Design of a Dielectric Heating System Utilizing Radio Frequency in Greenhouse Farming of Romaine Lettuce”, respectively.

This year’s competition received a total of 387 entries from 80 institutions which was 65% higher than the 251 entries last 2017. With the theme “Inventions and Innovations for Sustainable Development”, DOST-NCR saw the most number of participants to date in all the years it held the competition which aim is to give recognition to the hard work of inventors, researchers, and students.