As climate change causes water scarcity and contamination in most communities in the country, students from Philippine Science High School – Central Campus deviced a water filter system using a locally abundant material called Bentonite to source clean water from Abacan River for indigenous people.
With eutrophication and sedimentation prevailing in the Abacan River, Jan Louise Cabrera, Joshua Miguel Danac and mentor Karizz Anne Morante created a filtration system using Bentonite clay—a product of lahar erosion and an effective adsorbent of dirt—to benefit the Aeta community in Barangay Sapangbato in Angeles, City Pampanga.
The innovation earned the Best Bayanihan Project title at the Hyundai New Thinkers Spotlight recently held at the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation in Angat, Bulacan.
Committed to fight the adverse effects of global warming through education, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and the Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) Foundation engaged 40 students and 20 teachers from 20 public high schools situated in high-risk regions in the country in a hardcore yet fun-filled Innovation and Climate Science Camp on 1-8 April 2014 in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.
Dubbed as the Hyundai New Thinkers Camp, the activity was packed with exciting lectures, hands-on exercises, and exposure trips in the fields of hydrogeology and oceanography—two of the most critical areas being promoted by DOST due to its narrow human resources in the country—as facilitated by scientists from the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) and Marine Science Institute (MSI). The Camp sought to encourage students to pursue S&T degrees and careers and instill deep appreciation of S&T as a way to address environmental and societal issues.
The Camp is the third phase of the Hyundai New Thinkers Circuit (HNTC) Program that aims to hone students to become future world-class leaders and climate scientists. The first part was the HNT Summit held in October last year where students interacted with scientists, innovators, and industry experts to come up with their own climate science or community development projects. It was followed by the Bayanihan Project phase where teams implemented their proposed projects using the ?10,000 funding given by HARI.
The Hyundai New Thinkers Camp, a partnership program of HARI Foundation, Inc. (HFI) and the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), brings 60 high school students and teacher delegates from 20 selected public schools in Metro Manila and Regions III and IV for a one-of-a-kind learning experience in oceanography and hydrogeology in Puerto Galera, Mindoro on April 1 to 9, 2014.
The nine-day science boot camp is the third phase of the Hyundai New Thinkers Circuit (HNTC), an out-of-the-box learning program that aims to hone future leaders and climate scientists with hands-on learning in the sciences. Ideas generated by the participants should eventually be concretized into projects or action plans that address current climate change-related concerns of local communities. The long-term goal of this HFI-DOST partnership is to form the next generation of world-class Filipino scientists, or “Hyundai New Thinkers.”
Joining the 60 delegates are scientists and instructors from the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) led by Dr. Aletta Yñiguez and the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP-NIGS) led by Dr. Carlos Primo “CP” David.