Shell NXPLORERS: The Bright Ideas Challenge 2023
Shell NXplorers is an educational program that empowers STEM students to become agents of positive change. To put their learnings to the test, Shell NXplorers’ The Bright Ideas Challenge tasks teams to present ideas that address Nexus problems in their community.
The NxWave project created by the Alontian Team of Centro de Cultura, Inc. offers a sustainable and cost-efficient solution for the water pollution problem. It has an underwater barrier system, which blocks and redirects litter to a trash collector. When the trash collector mechanism reaches its maximum capacity, a sensor will trigger and automatically empty the bin and replace it with a new one.
TEAM ATX – CEALAW
Project CEALAW by ATX-CEALAW of the Batangas State University TNEU, provides independent coastal communities with affordable, sustainable energy. Through their development , they can power 3D-printed lamps by using renewable resources such saltwater, coconut water, and carbon dioxide which can be used in the everyday life of the community. Furthermore, Project CEALAW highlights the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations by supporting more people in obtaining an affordable light source and advocating clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, and potential partnership.
The Ateneo de Naga University's E-Tanom created AgRoProbe Quadcopter 4.0, an independent quadrotor drone with real-time multispectral imagery and an automated data processing system that analyzes nutrient deficiencies in plants. This was built to help farmers retain agricultural efficiency, which will help decrease the chances of crop failure.
TEAM FARMHER INNOVATORS
The FarmHer Innovators from the Palawan National High School created a Mark-It App to push agricultural production and transaction easier. Its monitoring and inventory management system supports the Department of Agriculture's Bayanihan Agri Clusters (BACs), in which its Veggie Tracking Crates analyze the quality, weight, and other information of the vegetables and transmit them to the Mark-It App. It will notify the vendors about the crops and track the supplies to ensure that there will be enough to sell to the consumers.
To promote safety and reduce energy consumption, Team Intellihenyo of the Philippine Science High School - Cagayan Valley Campus created an Internet-of-Things device called IntelliOutlet. This device is a microcontroller-WiFi combo that remotely controls electrical appliances anywhere, anytime, in any gadget with just internet access and through messaging app, Telegram, to prevent fires caused by overheating. It is placed into a wall socket, which makes it efficient for homeowners to encourage energy-saving habits. Using the IntelliOutlet, electric consumption will be monitored and will be easier to save as it also suggests ways to conserve electricity based on its usage.
Isda Way is an innovative mobile application by the Makers Team of Gusa Regional Science High School - X that helps seafood transactions and information dissemination of fisherfolks and aquaculture farming companies easier. Included in this app is an alarm system that notifies users through text about the weather conditions—helping the fisherfolks with their fish collection—and the capability for the consumers to access the availability and situation of seafood products.
The Philippines is an archipelago that is surrounded by water, but many communities have difficulty accessing clean and potable water. Because of this problem, the Team Maomag of Tagbilaran City Science High School created an instrument that converts seawater into drinking water. Through Project Sawod Lawod, solar-and-wind-powered desalination techniques are used to increase the rate of condensation from the water vapor, making seawater drinkable.
The Team Pellicle of Bansud National High School - Regional Science High School for MIMAROPA has created the BacCel Filter—a sustainable, low-cost, and efficient instrument that uses bacterial cellulose or nata de coco to sift heavy metals, oil, and greases in drainage, rivers, and oceans. Its capacity to absorb these pollutants has become one of the tools to have clean drinking water and to aid the worsening problem in marine ecosystems.
Food waste is one of the contributing factors that produce gases that harm the environment. To lessen this worsening problem in the community, the PortaBio Team of Gusa Regional Science High School - X created a name-based instrument to utilize the food waste and convert them into electricity. This innovative device also aims to lower greenhouse emissions and provide electricity to many homes and establishments.
Team Thinkerbells of the Puerto Princesa City National Science High School developed a project that provides solutions to food waste disposal and environmental challenges faced by the construction industry. Through Seament, it will help reduce discarded seashells by crushing and turning them into cement. The calcium carbonate that naturally comes from the shells helps make Seament product more durable than traditional cement. It can also create new economic opportunities, such as shell recycling businesses, and can be a teachable point about sustainable building practices.