A Filipina student was recently hailed as the best oral presentor in an international science fair at the National University of Singapore-High School of Math and Science, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said.
In a statement, the DOST said that Marla Abao, incoming Grade 11 student at Philippine Science High School, bagged the Best Oral Presentation award at the 12th International Student Science Fair last May 23-27 for her research “An Android Application for Efficient Disaster Kit Procurement for Low-Level Floods”.
“It’s an android application my team mates (Rodrigo Perando and Kyle Dulay) and I programmed. It uses modified routing and shopping algorithms so that you can deliver your disaster kits at the quickest and best route at the minimum cost,” Abao said in an interview with the Manila Bulletin.
“Google Maps and the file manipulation property in Java were used so that it makes it easier for the program to adapt in different locations, which means the concept of the automated disaster kit procurement system could work virtually everywhere (where flood happens),” the 16-year-old junior scientist added.
To realize the magnitude of Abao and her teammates’ feat, they bested 28 other teams chosen to present their project out of the more than 40 projects that were registered from over 15 countries around the world.