VALENZUELA LAUNCHES 1ST SUMMIT FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS, INVENTORS
VALENZUELA CITY – The Valenzuela City government has unveiled a platform for young scientists and inventors in the city to raise awareness on science and technology among young people.
The 1st Young Founders Summit Philippines – Valenzuela City: A Science and Technology Fair for Young Scientists and Inventors aims to promote science and technology consciousness and encourage a culture of innovation among students from public and private high schools.
The summit is a K-12 project-based learning program which hopes to provide a hands-on educational enrichment opportunity to encourage youth innovators.
All junior and high school students aged 12 to 17 are encouraged to join the program through teams composed of two students and one mentor teacher.
Among the series of events and activities lined up are a seminar-workshop and mentoring program for young S&T enthusiasts and an S&T fair exhibiting the innovative inventions and projects of participating students.
To promote a nurturing environment for the young innovators, the event will also recognize and give cash prizes to the most creative and innovative student scientists and developers, who will also represent the City in Young Founders Summit – South East Asia (YFS @ SEA) which will be held in Singapore.
Winning team will undergo a rigorous coaching to be able to join the Young Founders Summit South East Asia (YFS @ SEA), the direct pathway to YFS @ Global, bypassing thousands of global applications to win a direct pass to the finals of Young Founders Summit Global 2019.
“Through this, we hope, not only to nurture young Valenzuelanos’ scientific minds, but also hope to seek solutions to the needs and predicaments Valenzuela City is facing today, such as Disaster Management, Industrial Technology, Green Technology, Technology for Special Needs (e.g. elderly, persons with disability, etc.), and ICT-based projects and android system applications,” Valenzuela City Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian said.
YFS @ Philippines – Valenzuela City was an initiative of the local government, in cooperation with Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science, and Young Founders Summit @ Philippines, through Leian Padrinao, one of the participants from previous YFS @ SEA.
“We are given a golden opportunity to engage in a very productive and a very meaningful endeavor in the field of Science and Technology. So we encourage all students for maximum participation for the success of this activity,” Assistant School Division Superintendent, Dr. Benjamin Samson, said.
Based on its website, YFS @ Global is the world’s first full scale startup accelerator for teenagers. Those who won receive $50,000 each and spend two months in an accelerator program to start up their million-dollar company.
It gives participants opportunity to launch their own million-dollar startup, to be part of a community of future leaders and changemakers, to gain access to inspiring entrepreneurs, and to add the prestigious event recognized by Ivy League universities to their curriculum vitae.
Last year, 1,200 teams from 26 countries applied. Eight teams won $50,000 each.