Fourth batch of awe-inspiring kid innovators astounds with their science projects

The Grand Finals of the nationwide Search for the Wyeth® Nutrition Kid Innovators

The Upcoming Kid Innovators of the Season 4 Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators.

QUEZON CITY, October 5, 2018 – Wyeth Nutrition concludes its fourth nationwide search for the nation’s most inquisitive, creative, and curious “Kid Innovators” with the selection and awarding of winners from the top finalists during the Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators Grand Finals at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City on October 5.

Launched in 2015, the search is one of Wyeth Nutrition’s initiatives to nurture every child’s potential for greatness to make a difference in the world. It aims to promote a love for science and passion for innovation among kids. It currently has two categories: the “Upcoming Kid Innovators” category, which invites younger kids ages 6 to 8 years old to submit a science activity in a pupil-parent tandem; and the “Kid Innovators” category which invites kids ages 9 to 14 years old to submit a science project. All participants submit entries related to nutrition, health and wellness and with the supervision of an adviser. From 65 astounding entries from schools nationwide, five finalists from each category were chosen to showcase their innovative and remarkable projects in the Grand Finals.

“Our dear Kid Innovators and Upcoming Kid Innovators, you are the reason we have all come together today. You are at the heart of everything we do at Wyeth Nutrition. Today, we celebrate your curiosity, creativity and passion to make a difference, which fill us with pride and great hope for the future. It all starts with the spark of an idea, and you have bravely transformed your ideas into innovations. We know without a doubt that you will be great scientists, doctors, and educators – whatever you aspire to be.” said Wyeth Philippines, Inc. President and General Manager Bert Demeyere.

From the finalists in the Upcoming Kid Innovators category, Kryz Jeus Santilices from Baguio City Science Foundation was recognized to be this year’s Grand Winner for his project “Benefits of Allutang (Rice Stalk) from Kankana-Ey Tribe”. He proved the benefits of “allutang” or rice stalk of the Kankana-ey tribe of the Cordillera. Xea Eunice Divina from the Community Colleges of the Philippines ICT Montessori for her project “Malunggay as Water Purifier” and Sean Josef Del Rosario from Brightsparks Inc. for his project “Basil Essential Oil as Insect Repellent” were awarded as the second and third place winners, respectively.

From the finalists in the Kid Innovators category, Schealana Aundee Villanueva from Philippine Science High School – Main Campus was recognized to be this year’s Grand Winner for her project “Increasing Efficiency in Agriculture Through Automatized System and Robotics”. She designed a cost-effective and adaptable system that will efficiently minimize water consumption in agriculture so that farming may be applied in any part of the globe. It aims to automatize farming in order to save on labor cost and manpower while allowing the possibility of an all-year-round farming in challenging places. Summer Mardi Pampaguitan, Sophia Marie Hope Balita and Anna Margarita Escober from St. Scholastica’s College Manila were awarded as the second place winners for their project “ChitoBand: Bandage Made of Mussel Shells”, an invention proven to be more effective than regular bandages because of its great absorbency, natural antiseptics and good clotting properties. The third place winners were Gwyneth Acel Tongco, Julia Angela Villa-Ignacio and Xeline Maelin DJ. Sta. Ana from St. Scholastica’s College Manila for their project “Vita-Go: Health Supplement Film”.

To inspire the kid innovators and audience, two-time Department of Science and Technology “Balik Scientist” J.M.R. Apollo Arquiza shared his unique scientific pursuits, which includes being first on record to cook by frying in a simulated low gravity environment on the G-Force One plane under the NASA reduced gravity program. “The essence of science is adventure,” he said. “It’s about exploration and finding something new, to add to human knowledge and understanding.” He has also collaborated with the Food and Nutrition Institute to develop technologies on “Food for Disasters and Special Dietary Needs” and has done research on advanced life support for human space exploration.

The Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators catapults kids in their journey to innovation to become leaders of our future generation. It also celebrates Wyeth Nutrition’s meaningful partnership with parents and stakeholders. For details, visit https://www.wyeth.com.ph/kidinnovators/or email kidinnovator@wyethnutrition.com.

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PHOTOS

[FROM L-R: Wyeth Philippines, Inc. eBusiness/Digital/Communications Head Michelle Acuña, Principal of Miriam College’s Child Study Center Ms. Amabelle CariñoCreative Integrative Teaching Lecturer and Trainer Alice Pañares, Upcoming Kid Innovator Kryz Santilices with his mom and adviser, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. President and General Manager Bert Demeyere and Chairman of the Board of Judges (Upcoming Kid Innovators category) and Developmental Pediatrician Dr. Josie Eusebio] 

Kryz Jeus Santilices of Baguio City Science Foundation wins 1st place in the Upcoming Kid Innovators category for his project “Benefits of Allutang (Rice Stalk) from Kankana-Ey Tribe”. 

[FROM L-R: Director of Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST Dr. Mario Capanzana, Chemical Engineer and Science Education Specialist III at the UP NISMED Engr. Celia Balbin, Kid Innovator Schealana Aundee Villanueva with her adviser, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. eBusiness/Digital/Communications Head Michelle Acuña, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. President and General Manager Bert Demeyere, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. Head Nutritionist Mary Jude Icasiano, Chairman of the Board of Judges (Kid Innovators category) and Dean of the UST College of Science Dr. John Donnie Ramos.] 

Schealana Aundee Villanueva of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus wins 1st place in the Kid Innovators category for her project “Increasing Efficiency in Agriculture Through Automatized System and Robotics”. 

[FROM L-R: Wyeth Philippines, Inc. eBusiness/Digital/Communications Head Michelle Acuña, Principal of Miriam College’s Child Study Center Ms. Amabelle CariñoCreative Integrative Teaching Lecturer and Trainer Alice Pañares, Upcoming Kid Innovator Xea Eunice Divina with her mom and adviser, Chairman of the Board of Judges (Upcoming Kid Innovators category) and Developmental Pediatrician Dr. Josie Eusebio and Wyeth Philippines, Inc. President and General Manager Bert Demeyere] 

Xea Eunice Divina of Community Colleges of the Philippines ICT Montessori wins 2nd place in the Upcoming Kid Innovators category for her project “Malunggay as Water Purifier”. 

[FROM L-RDirector of Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST Dr. Mario Capanzana, Chemical Engineer and Science Education Specialist III at the UP NISMED Engr. Celia Balbin, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. eBusiness/Digital/Communications Head Michelle Acuña, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. President and General Manager Bert Demeyere, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. Head Nutritionist Mary Jude Icasiano, Chairman of the Board of Judges (Kid Innovators category) and Dean of the UST College of Science Dr. John Donnie Ramos, with Kid Innovators Summer Mardi Pagpaguitan, Sophia Marie Hope Balita and Anna Margarita Escober and their adviser.] 

Summer Mardi Pagpaguitan, Sophia Marie Hope Balita and Anna Margarita Escober of St. Scholastica’s College Manila win 2nd place in the Kid Innovators category for their project “ChitoBand: Bandage Made of Mussel Shells”. 

[FROM L-R: Wyeth Philippines, Inc. eBusiness/Digital/Communications Head Anne Michelle Acuña, Principal of Miriam College’s Child Study Center Ms. Amabelle CariñoCreative Integrative Teaching Lecturer and Trainer Alice Pañares, Upcoming Kid Innovator Sean Josef Del Rosario with his mom and adviser, Chairman of the Board of Judges (Upcoming Kid Innovators category) and Developmental Pediatrician Dr. Josie Eusebio and Wyeth Philippines, Inc. President and General Manager Bert Demeyere]  

Sean Josef Del Rosario of Brightsparks Inc. wins 3rd place in the Upcoming Kid Innovators category for his project “Basil Essential Oil as Insect Repellent”. 

[FROM L-R: Director of Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST Dr. Mario Capanzana, Chemical Engineer and Science Education Specialist III at the UP NISMED Engr. Celia Balbin, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. eBusiness/Digital/Communications Head Michelle Acuña, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. President and General Manager Bert Demeyere, Wyeth Philippines, Inc. Head Nutritionist Mary Jude Icasiano, Chairman of the Board of Judges (Kid Innovators category) and Dean of the UST College of Science Dr. John Donnie Ramos, with Kid Innovators Gwyneth Acel Tongco, Julia Angela Villa-Ignacio and Xeline Maelin DJ. Sta. Ana and their adviser.] 

Gwyneth Acel Tongco, Julia Angela Villa-Ignacio and Xeline Maelin DJ. Sta. Ana of St. Scholastica’s College Manila win 3rd place in the Kid Innovators category for their project “Vita-Go: Health Supplement Film”.

Wyeth Philippines, Inc. President and General Manager Bert Demeyere welcomes guests to the Grand Finals. He shares how the program is one of the ways Wyeth Nutrition nurtures every child’s potential for greatness. 

“Our dear Kid Innovators and Upcoming Kid Innovators, you are the reason we have all come together today. You are at the heart of everything we do at Wyeth Nutrition.” 

Dr. Apollo Arquiza inspires the finalists to keep pursuing knowledge, and shares how his explorations in the field of science allowed him to give back to his country.  

“The essence of science is adventure. It’s about exploration and finding something new, to add to human knowledge and understanding.” 

The Kid Innovators of the Season 4 Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators.