Search for Filipino Kid Innovators Launched

Wyeth Nutrition launched a nationwide search for “kid innovators” during its National Kids’ Innovation Day, an occasion held at The Mind Museum in Taguig City marking the company’s advocacy to nurture the spirit of innovation among Filipino children.

“Sparking the spirit of innovation among our young generation can help propel our pursuit toward better lives for Filipino families,” Wyeth Nutrition President and General Manager Joseph Eugene David said.

Aiming to spark curiosity in children and nurture their love for science and passion for innovation, the search invites students aged 9 to 14, grades 4 to 8, to submit an innovative science-related project that they produced, either alone or as a group of 2-5 members, in compliance with an academic requirement or as a personal initiative.

Wyeth Nutrition’s program not only seeks to recognize outstanding kid innovators and their achievements, but also aspires to celebrate their exciting journey to innovation, to encourage and inspire more children to unleash the power of their curiosity.

As exemplars of the Filipino innovative spirit, noted young inventors shared their journey toward accomplishing their breakthroughs which earned international distinctions.

Manila Science High School alumni Aliana Mae Arales and Jejomar Derecho recalled how they came up with the Tri-Axis Accelerometer as Commercial Seismic Wave Sensor, bagging the gold in the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards.

Justine Silvestre and Adrian dela Cruz of the Philippine Science High School shared how they overcame challenges to their science project, the “Oxygen Plasma Surface Modification of Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Acetate-Chitosan Nanocomposite Fiber,” which won the Best Overseas Project at the Mahidol Wittayanusorn School Science Fair in Thailand this year.

The group of Jeanne Alexis Marasigan, Whinley Hasset Uy, Mari Christine Amon, Leira Mae Socito and Alexis Andrea Tamayo from Manila Science High School reminisced how they invented the Light Intensity Meter-Operated Automatic Gas Tank Valve Lock, which won the gold in the 2014 International Youth Invention Exhibition Awards in Taiwan.

Fourteen-year-old Amin Hataman shared how he was able to invent biodegradable plastics made of coconuts last year, winning gold in the 2014 International Young Inventors Olympiad in Georgia, and bronze in the 2015 I-SWEEP Olympiad in Texas, USA.

The top three winning entries of the Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators shall each receive a cash prize of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (PhP100,000) and a trophy, along with a science-and-technology showcase worth One Hundred Thousand Pesos (PhP100,000) for the partner school.

Wyeth Nutrition celebrates a century of advancing nutrition science this year, reaffirming its relentless passion for innovation toward nurturing healthier generations – through the next 100 years and beyond.