DOST scholarship applicants reach all time high

A total of 42,987 hopefuls will troop to different testing centers in the country to try and clinch a slot for the 2015 Undergraduate Scholarship slots offered by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). This year’s number reach an all time high and maintained the increasing trend in the number of applicants in the past years as it exceeded the 35,562 and 27,224 recorded for the 2014 and 2013 exams, respectively. DOST-SEI credits this trend to the increased awareness to the value and benefits of venturing into scientific careers.

The national qualifying examination for DOST-SEI’s two undergraduate scholarship programs, namely, the Republic Act 7687 or the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994, and the Merit Scholarship Program will be administered on 21 September 2014.

SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo said the massive promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses through their many programs and projects helped increase the number of applicants to the Scholarship Program.
SEI: PH future in Robotics bright

Having witnessed elementary and high schools students showcase their “genius play” in the recently held 13th Philippine Robotics Olympiad (PRO), Science Education Institute Director Dr. Josette Biyo expressed optimism in the future of robotics in the country.

Watching in the sideline of a miniature soccer court where robots made by high school robot enthusiasts aimed for goals while elementary wizards demonstrate some of their innovative robot creations in their respective booths, Biyo said she was amazed by how far the robotics program in many schools in the country has developed.

“In the Philippines, there is a lot of interest and potential for robotics. We can mention the winnings we had in both the local and international robotics competitions as proofs. We can also highlight the increased participation of schools in various robotics contests as another sign that the field is indeed on the rise,” said Biyo.  
DOST opens Junior Level Science Scholarship for high school science teaching

Third year college students who are currently enrolled in priority science and technology courses may apply for the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) Program under the new Republic Act 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013”.

  The Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is now accepting applications for the said scholarship to enable graduates of the program to teach in secondary schools after graduation, as stipulated in the newly-passed law.

  Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI, said the Program seeks to address the shortage of quality teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in secondary schools.  
Dagupan to Host 1st Robotics Science Fair

Students and teachers in Dagupan and those in other areas of Pangasinan will be the first to experience an event that is devoted to the science of robotics.

  The Science Education Institute (SEI) and the City Government of Dagupan (CGD) through its leaders, Dr. Josette T. Biyo and Honorable Mayor Belen T. Hernandez, inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to bring together the 1stDagupan City Robotics Science Fair in November.

  The collaboration, which aims to inculcate scientific innovation and robotics learning among the kids of Dagupan City and other areas of Pangasinan, is an outcome of a partnership that started when SEI celebrated the World Space Week in the city in 2011.  
DOST-SEI recognizes top Bicolano science scholars

Forty-three (43) scholar-graduates who recently finished their degrees with honors and placed high in their licensure exams were recognized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) during the celebration of the 2014 Southern Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair in Legaspi City, Albay.

  The ceremony was part of the “In Touch with Excellence” awarding program of SEI which it conducted in July.

  SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo, who led the awarding ceremony, congratulated the honorees for demonstrating excellence and passion for science. She said “the country needs more engineers, scientists, researchers, biologists, chemists, and other S & T manpower to drive economic development”.   
More graduate S&T scholarships seen

Graduate scholarship slots provided by the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) are expected to increase next year.

  This, as the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resources Development Program – Science Education Consortium (ASTHRDP-SEC) welcomes universities in Luzon offering master’s and doctoral programs in Science and Mathematics Education (SME).  
DOST-SEI honors scholar-graduates, ongoing scholars

Citing excellence and overall contribution in nation-building, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) paid tribute to its honor scholar-graduates and ongoing scholars in two different occasions.

  Two hundred fifty three (253) scholars who graduated with honors and 525 who finished graduate degrees for the school year 2013-2014 were awarded during the “In Touch with Excellence” ceremonies held as part of the 2014 National Science and Technology Week celebration. Around 400 scholar-graduates and ongoing scholars were also honored in a gathering dubbed as “Scholars’ Night”.

  Overall, there were 12 summa cum laude, 55 magna cum laude, 187 cum laude, seven honorable mentions, one with academic merit, and one with academic distinction scholar-graduates who were awarded both in the undergraduate and graduate levels during the ceremony. Four scholar-graduates were also given incentives for completing their degrees earlier than the prescribed period of studies.  
Surigao, Albay top large class innovation tilt

Championing innovation as an approach to effective science education, two schools from Surigao City and Albay topped this year’s search for innovative methods in teaching science and mathematics for large and extra-large classes.

Surigao City National High School and Tabaco National High School bagged the 2nd Search for Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes for Effective Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics, receiving P100, 000 each and a plaque of recognition for their innovative strategies.

Surigao City National High School was awarded for their project entitled Beating the Numbers Through Strategic Intervention Materials (SIM): Innovative Science Teaching in Large Classes (Grade 8) which refers to a learning package composed of “guide cards, hands-on and minds-on activities, enrichment exercises, and others” that are introduced into the teaching methods to stimulate learning among Grade 8 pupils in Science and Technology.  
PH math bets head to South Africa for 55th IMO

The country’s top math bets are flying to South Africa to battle with the best of the world in the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the toughest and most prestigious global mathematical competition for high school students.

The team is composed of finalists and winners to this year’s Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) and are seasoned participants to international mathematics competitions, namely Clyde Wesley S. Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College; Kyle Patrick F. Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus; Ma. Czarina Angela S. Lao, Adrian Reginald C. Sy, and Matthew Ryan S. Tan of St. Jude Catholic School; and Farrell Eldrian S. Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy.

The 55th IMO will be held at Cape Town South, Africa on July 3-13, 2014.  
Pisay Central’s Bentonite water filtration project wins in Hyundai New Thinkers Spotlight

As climate change causes water scarcity and contamination in most communities in the country, students from Philippine Science High School – Central Campus deviced a water filter system using a locally abundant material called Bentonite to source clean water from Abacan River for indigenous people.

With eutrophication and sedimentation prevailing in the Abacan River, Jan Louise Cabrera, Joshua Miguel Danac and mentor Karizz Anne Morante created a filtration system using Bentonite clay—a product of lahar erosion and an effective adsorbent of dirt—to benefit the Aeta community in Barangay Sapangbato in Angeles, City Pampanga.

The innovation earned the Best Bayanihan Project title at the Hyundai New Thinkers Spotlight recently held at the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation in Angat, Bulacan.  
Hyundai New Thinkers Camp wows, preps future PH climate scientists

Committed to fight the adverse effects of global warming through education, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and the Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) Foundation engaged 40 students and 20 teachers from 20 public high schools situated in high-risk regions in the country in a hardcore yet fun-filled Innovation and Climate Science Camp on 1-8 April 2014 in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

Dubbed as the Hyundai New Thinkers Camp, the activity was packed with exciting lectures, hands-on exercises, and exposure trips in the fields of hydrogeology and oceanography—two of the most critical areas being promoted by DOST due to its narrow human resources in the country—as facilitated by scientists from the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) and Marine Science Institute (MSI). The Camp sought to encourage students to pursue S&T degrees and careers and instill deep appreciation of S&T as a way to address environmental and societal issues.

The Camp is the third phase of the Hyundai New Thinkers Circuit (HNTC) Program that aims to hone students to become future world-class leaders and climate scientists. The first part was the HNT Summit held in October last year where students interacted with scientists, innovators, and industry experts to come up with their own climate science or community development projects. It was followed by the Bayanihan Project phase where teams implemented their proposed projects using the ?10,000 funding given by HARI.  
Hyundai New Thinkers Camp to hold science classes in Puerto Galera, Mindoro

The Hyundai New Thinkers Camp, a partnership program of HARI Foundation, Inc. (HFI) and the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), brings 60 high school students and teacher delegates from 20 selected public schools in Metro Manila and Regions III and IV for a one-of-a-kind learning experience in oceanography and hydrogeology in Puerto Galera, Mindoro on April 1 to 9, 2014.

The nine-day science boot camp is the third phase of the Hyundai New Thinkers Circuit (HNTC), an out-of-the-box learning program that aims to hone future leaders and climate scientists with hands-on learning in the sciences. Ideas generated by the participants should eventually be concretized into projects or action plans that address current climate change-related concerns of local communities. The long-term goal of this HFI-DOST partnership is to form the next generation of world-class Filipino scientists, or “Hyundai New Thinkers.”  
3,982 HS grads qualify as new DOST scholars

A gleam of light welcomes aspiring young scientists and engineers as the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute announces the 3, 982 high school students who qualify to the Science Scholarship Examination, up by 10.7% from last year.

From the total number of the 2014 passers, 3,473 who belong to economically disadvantaged families qualified under the RA 7687 Scholarship grants, while 509 students who topped the examination qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program.

Qualifiers who avail of any of the S&T undergraduate scholarships may pursue a four- or five-year college degree in priority science and technology fields. As benefits, RA 7687 scholars will receive tuition subsidy, monthly stipend, book allowance and many more. Scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the family’s socio-economic status.