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Rota student wins 1st prize at STEM Fair, again

ESKUELAN San Francisco De Borja student Michael Jon Cantil  won first  prize — for the second year in a row —  in the CNMI-wide STEM Fair for his energy-efficient smart lighting system project.

Cantil, a seventh grader, won first place in the Middle School: 6th -8th Grace Category in the recently held event hosted by Chacha Ocean View Middle School. Last year, his wireless mobile phone charger also won first prize.

In an online interview, Cantil said his project this year, “Smart Street Lighting Control System,” aims to conserve electricity by using street lighting control system technology.

“It’s a motion sensing technology that automatically dims the street light to 20 percent power when no vehicle or person is in the vicinity. When a person or car approaches,  movement is detected by the closest streetlight infrared sensor and its output goes up to 100 percent full brightness,” Cantil said.

“We can conserve electricity with the use of smart street lighting control system. It is said to reduce energy consumption by up to 65 percent, and reduce maintenance cost by as much as 90 percent,” he added.

Rota student wins 1st prize at STEM Fair, againMichael Jon Cantil poses with his project during the STEM Fair held at Chacha Oceanview Middle School on March 10. Contributed photoRota student wins 1st prize at STEM Fair, againMichael Jon Cantil poses with his project during the STEM Fair held at Chacha Oceanview Middle School on March 10. Contributed photo

Cantil said his dream is to develop s smart street lighting control system with a built-in surveillance and tsunami warning system.

For his wireless mobile phone charger project last year, he said he used electromagnetic induction between the receiver coil and the transmitter coil to charge the mobile phone wirelessly.

He is using his wireless charger for his cellphone.  “In addition, it can charge a remote control toy car wirelessly.  Just park the car on the wireless charging station and it will start charging the battery,” he said.

Cantil said he gets project ideas from the internet and conducts research with the help of his parents.

“This year, I didn’t expect to win again at the STEM Fair. There were a lot of nice projects from other schools. When they announced that my project won first prize, I was so happy!”

His mother, Rorilyn, said Cantil creates his projects all by himself.

She said he is interested in computers and electronics. “He is always watching his father whenever my husband is working on a computer.”

Rorilyn said her son received his first a laptop when he was four. Soon, he was watching videos of do-it-yourself projects, especially those related to gadgets and electronics.

Cantil, 13, is already well-versed in installing operating systems and software as well as reformatting computers.

“He uses his laptop to further hone his skills and expand his knowledge,” his mother said.

Cantil said he is grateful to his parents, teachers Ed Maratita, Rose Lucero, Flor Chavez and ESFDB principal Carmen Atalig for supporting him at the STEM Fair.