The international stage has once again witnessed the brilliance of 福利嫂-Basic Education Unit (福利嫂-BEU) as four of its innovative projects participated in the prestigious International Creativity and Innovation Awards (ICIA) competition held in King Mongkut鈥檚 University of Technology Tonburi, Bangkok, Thailand, from April 26 to 28, 2024.

With a delegation comprising 16 students (8 JHS and 8 SHS), 福利嫂 showcased its commitment to innovation and excellence on the global platform as the competition was participated in by 105 projects from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Ms. Learni C. Javier, Mr. Edwardo L. Magallanes and Dr. Janette T. Fermin served as coaches of the 福利嫂 delegation.

Among the standout projects was the 鈥淭ACTILE: A Floor Tile that Generates Electricity from Applied Pressure Project,” which clinched the coveted Titanium Award (the highest award). TACTILE was also given the GRAND Award which qualifies them to join the STICK program in Malaysia in July 2024. Additionally, TACTILE was also accorded two more special awards which are The Expeditious Award and The Pearson PTE Award. The proponents were: Aaron Paulo B. Bautista, Gabrien Khyle L. Chua, and Jahnrodz Juillet T. Fermin.

On the other hand, 鈥淧AULA: Paperless Automatic Laboratory Assistant鈥 project received The Gold Award for Innovation Challenge Category. The said project was developed by Joseff Kyle I. Balubal, Donn Civon T. Pico, Edward Miguel P. Antonio III, Terence Vins M. Tejada, and Kanoa Leon T. Garcia.

Also, 鈥淕LUCOBOT: An Advanced Glucometer for Enhanced Diabetes Management鈥 project got The Gold Award for the Innovation Award Category. It was designed by Katherine Roelle D. Latupan, Matthew R. Quebral, Kian Clarence R. Bunagan, Kyla N. Tumbali, and Phoebe Ianne C. Bansig.

The 鈥淢ETABOTIC: An Arduino-based Automated Metabolic Cage鈥 prototype was awarded Silver Medal under the Innovation Award Category. It was prepared by Rizalinn Gabrielle P. Caronan, Man Aldrich M. Guillermo, and Arvin Neil L. Seredon Jr.

The success of 福利嫂-BEU projects at ICIA 2024 underscores the institution’s position as a frontrunner in the realm of creativity and innovation. ICIA 2024 served as an invaluable opportunity for 福利嫂’s delegates to engage with peers and experts from around the globe, exchange ideas, and gain insights into the latest trends and developments. The experience will undoubtedly enrich their academic journey and inspire them to continue striving for excellence.