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PSHS Students win in The Bright Ideas Challenge

The winners from PSHS - CVC and photo of their prototype. (Contributed Photos)

Generating electricity using common household piping systems won the team from Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus (PSHS – CVC) the top prize at The Bright Ideas Challenge (TBIC) held at the Mind Museum. Taguig City.

The team from PSHS – CVC topped a field of 26 other teams that participated in the TBIC organized by Shell.

Hydropower has long been used I generating electricity but these students took it to another level that can be used in households that use piped in water.

The team called it the “Pipe – to- Manalo – to” which is a play on the title of a local sitcom Pepito Manaloto.

The team composed of John Paolo Lumanlan,  Earvin Michael Bibay, Daniel Nikko Tumanut,  John Lian Mar Catli, and Jose Benjamin dela Cruz.

The invention was inspired by team member Bibay’s observation that there was excess water running from the watershed in Diadi where he lives on his way to school every day. He thought of harnessing such excess water.

Using a Kaplan Propeller that was fitted into a T-Joint pipe, this enables the generation of electricity from running water in pipes. The team related that the prototype cost only 100 pesos to build with a tin can, a Tamiya Toy Car electric motor and a T-Joint pipe as its main components.

The team was flown to Singapore to attend Shell’s Make the Future Festival at the Changi Exhibition Center. But that was only a part of the [prize. Their school was also given Ph100,000.00 for its STEM program and another Php100,000.00 was given to the team that they will use in further developing and refining their invention.

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