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

With a delegation comprising 16 students (8 JHS and 8 SHS), app 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 app delegation.

Among the standout projects was the “TACTILE: 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, “PAULA: Paperless Automatic Laboratory Assistant” 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, “GLUCOBOT: An Advanced Glucometer for Enhanced Diabetes Management” 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 “METABOTIC: An Arduino-based Automated Metabolic Cage” 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 app-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 app’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.