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National Yang-Ming University and Concordia Middle School Won the 1st Prize in the 9th "i-ONE NARLabs Instrument Technology Innovation Competition"

The 9th "i-ONE NARLabs Instrument Technology Innovation Competition", hosted by Instrument Technology Research Center (ITRC) of National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) announced the award list today (October 1) after nearly two months of competition. National Yang-Ming University won the first prize in college & above group and Concordia Middle school won the first prize in high school group respectively.

The trend of "Maker" has continued to grow in the world and making is establishing itself as a new educational paradigm for current engineering and science education. Taking advantage of the trend, the number of team participating in i-ONE competition increased year by year. This year, the competition among the college & above group was particularly intense. Total 11 teams were qualified for final contest and National Yang-Ming University's project "FluoUS Small Animal Fluorescence Tomography Imaging System" won the first prize at last. Combined with fluorescent diffuse tomography and ultrasonic structural image, the project was commended by selection committee for the technical innovation as a texture observation tool. Although the work was still in the experimental model stage, still quite practical.

The second award was given to National Chiao-Tung University's project "A Wireless and Passive Diagnostic System for Motors' Load" and the third award was given to National Taiwan University's project "Development of a Microscopic Anti-vibration Surface Profilometric System Using Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) Technique". The selection committee commended that these works were highly inventive and very competitive in terms of function and production costs, and had great commercial potential.

The works qualified for high school group finals were all excellent. Consisting of experimental education students in Chiayi City and Concordia Middle School students, the first prize winning team's work, "A Prototype Machine for Spherical Wheel: Spherical Induction Motor" won the selection committee's unanimous vote. The work, presenting interdisciplinary learning in engineering expertise, was highly creative and practical. As high school students, it was admirable to master the concept of electrical machinery and engineering technology application.

The second and third awards were both given to Taichung Municipal Dongshih Industrial High School. The work, "Send 3D Printer to Mars", had groundbreaking practicality and market potential. Meanwhile, the work, "GPS Automatic Track Truck" was quite original and innovative.

In order to motivate young students to apply their knowledge to practical application, ITRC/NARLabs initiates "i-ONE NARLabs Instrument Technology Innovation Competition" annually to recognize and honor creative instrument technical proposals from college and high school students at home and abroad. The selection committee is consisted of professionals and scholars from industry, academy and research. Throughout preliminary and on-site final two-round selection, each proposal is assessed on the basis of "Creativity", "Theory" and "Feasibility" criteria. This year, the awards were sponsored by domestic enterprises, including Mobiletron Co., Mitutoyo Taiwan Co., Keysight Technologies Co., and INTAI Technology Corp., aiming to encourage more students to be Maker, create more opportunity for young students interacting with domestic industry and construct an open learning platform for Makers.

The Vice President of NARLabs, Dr. Ying-Dar Lin, encouraged participants to focus on innovation more than the competition in order to get prepared for the global evolution in the future. For cultivating "Makers", it is significant to make the young generation think independently and comprehend scientific theories and laws through implementation while in school. Through participating in "i-ONE NARLabs Instrument Technology Innovation Competition", Dr. Lin also expected the participant should be encouraged to apply their basic scientific knowledge, to solve problems with creativity, and to enjoy the process of implementation. This is the mission for NARLabs to carry out the cultivation of young R&D talents, he said.

The 9th "i-ONE NARLabs Instrument Technology Innovation Competition" Award List

I. College & Above Group:
Prize
Project Title
Representative
School
First
FluoUS Small Animal Fluorescence Tomography Imaging System
Pei-An Lo
National Yang-Ming University
Second
A Wireless and Passive Diagnostic System for Motors' Load
Cheng Tu
National Chiao Tung University
Third
Development of a Microscopic Anti-vibration Surface Profilometric System Using Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) Technique
Dinh Thai Bao
National Taiwan University
Honorable Mention
A Navigation-like Positioning System for the Total Hip Replacement
Yu-Cheng Wu
National Taiwan Normal University
Honorable Mention
Mobile Detection Device for Rapid Screening Tests
Wei-Jhe Cao
National Cheng Kung University



II. High School Group:
Prize
Project Title
Representative
School
First
A Prototype Machine for Spherical Wheel: Spherical Induction Motor
Po-Hsun Yen
Experimental Education Student in Chiayi City and Concordia Middle School
Second
Send 3D Printer to Mars
Hsiang-Yung Kuan
Taichung Municipal Dongshih Industrial High School
Third
GPS Automatic Track Truck
Xiang-Wen Li
Taichung Municipal Dongshih Industrial High School

2017/10/23 updated