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Two projects crafted by students of Foundation University recently qualified for the Sikat Design Challenge last July 13 in Manila.

The said competition, organized by Sikat Solar Challenge Foundation, Inc., was aimed at helping the rural communities in addressing their needs through innovative and technology-driven projects.

“Project Tubod” made use of river water in Brgy. Dawis, Bayawan City to be used for the households and the small irrigation system. While using ram pump to transport water to a higher location, the project also generates 40 volts of electric energy.

This project was the brainchild of Industrial Engineering students namely: Burt Francis Camillo, Arnel Elum and Romille Lijah Marquez with their faculty adviser: Christian Bungcasan.

On the other hand, “Project Iwag” utilized the ordinary kettles and transformed into thermo electric generators which will light the emergency light, usually brought by farmers to their work locations.

“Project Iwag” is the product of students from the College of Industrial Engineering and from the College of Business Administration namely: Richie Bungart, Jason Lawanan, Xydric Gonzales and Earl Jude Ragay with their faculty adviser, Clint Absin.

Prior to the inception and conceptualization of projects, both groups immersed in the community in order for them to underscore the top problem that can be addressed through a technological innovation.

Service to the community, through innovative projects, is inculcated into the educational system of Foundation University. The institution, through its various programs, turns the curriculum and syllabus into instruments of change and development for the betterment of the society.