Opening of Application: ​STEAM Upcycling Program 2017

The Libraries  in partnership with  US Embassy in the Philippines and Makerspace Manila  announces the call for application for STEAM Upcycling Program 2017.
STEAM Upcycling (employing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) skills in repurposing, reusing, or turning of an item into something greater than its present quality, monetary value, or function) is a comprehensive six-month course designed to:
  1. Introduce Filipinos to the global maker movement and the positive impact it brings to education (STEAM and non-STEAM), business, and society
  2. Educate Filipinos about being makers and utilizing makerspaces
  3. Promote Entrepreneurship and Environmental Protection using a platform and tools via makerspaces
  4. Celebrate Filipino ingenuity through tinkering and making
  5. Support various opportunities for a better quality of life that can be born out of upcycling
  6. Bring together local makers and makerspace organizations, non-government entrepreneurship and environmental organizations, Philippine and US government agencies, upcycling experts and gurus in the Philippines and the U.S., and alumni of U.S. government exchange programs
  7. Deliver different in-person and or virtual makerspace learning workshops and activities that will promote upcycling as a way to protect the environment, and as a viable and sustainable source of livelihood. 
Coverage of the Program

The program will cover design thinking, illustration, 2D/3D design, robotics, programming, and electronics and will cover the following tracks:
  • Track 1, Robotics – a branch of engineering that covers conceptualization, design, manufacturing, and operation of robots. This track overlaps with electronics, computer science, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and mechatronics
  • Track 2, Fabrication – the process in which an item is made (fabricated) from a raw or semi-finished materials into a finished product that’s ready for use. This track deals with design thinking methodology, invention cycle, and traditional and modern fabrication techniques. Skills are expected to be applied to develop upcycling projects by the participants.

Applicants must possess the following:
  1. Must be currently enrolled student (senior high school or undergraduate) of DLSU Manila and STC and have at least one term left after the program.
  2. Must guarantee continued enrollment with the University in the entire duration of the program.
  3. Must have no failing marks.
  4. Must have the means to travel and attend sessions at the following venues:
    a.  Makerspace Manila, Solenad 3, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
    b.  The Learning Commons, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila
  5. Must be able to bring his/her own laptop every session.
  6. Must be committed to attend ALL sessions and complete the 6-month program.
  7. Must be willing to enter into an agreement with the Libraries.
  8. Must be a team player and be able to submit deliverables as required by the program.
  9. Must demonstrate communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills.
  10. Must pass the screening procedures.
  1. Accomplished online application form
  2. Letter of intent (in English language) detailing relevant hobbies, interests, skills, previous experiences and expectations if successful in this application, addressed to:
    Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido
    Director, American Corner-Manila
    De La Salle University Libraries
    2401 Taft Avenue, 0922 Manila, Philippines
  3. Supporting documents 
    a. Parent/guardian’s consent (for minors)
    b. Original copy of EAF
    c. True copy of grades
    d. Certificate of good moral character
  4. Signed conforme to program terms and conditions (for accepted applicants)
Please submit all the requirements to  

Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido
Director, American Corner-Manila
De La Salle University Libraries
6th Floor, Henry Sy. Sr. Hall

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of requirements
6 January 2017
Evaluation of application
9-20 January 2017
Interview of qualified applicants
27 January 2017
Release of the results of application
3  February 2017
Start of the program
March 2017
Culminating Event (Maker Fair)
September 2017

For inquiries, you may Chat with LORA, send an email to, or contact Ms. Donna Lyn G. Labangon, Special Collections Librarian at local 265.