Films on Filipino scientists in communities swept awards at the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition
07 December 2017
PSHS-CLC's film entitled Ilusyon nabbed the Best Film Award for the Youth Category, while ThinkConnect.Ph's "Pagbalud (When the Waves Swell)" topped the S&T Professional Category in the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition.
Ang siyensya ay nag-uugat sa komunidad. These were the words of filmmaker and UP professor Nick Deocampo when he viewed the competing films for the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition.
Indeed, the challenging task of defining Filipino scientists through film concluded with winners depicting Filipino scientists as those who use their research to help underprivileged communities.
The science-focused filmmaking competition, a project of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) in partnership with the UP College of Mass Communication, held its closing and awarding ceremony last December 5 at the Aldaba Hall in UP Diliman attended by students, educators, filmmakers, and scientists. Indie-Siyensya aims to develop a science culture to the youth using film as a medium.
Entries from Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon Campus (PSHS-CLC) and ThinkConnect.PH from the Eastern Visayas each won the coveted 100,000 pesos cash prize along with the prestige of being the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Best Film in the Youth and S&T Professional categories respectively.
04 December 2017
TWO IN A ROW. Rizal National Science High School successfully defended their title in this year's Can Satellite Competition, held on 28-29 November in Los Baños, Laguna. The team composed of Josh Rael Jorquia, Matthew Lemuel Rey, and Marla Ena Rosales, and their coach, Marlon Sta. Catalina, received their award from the judges composed of Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Robert Badrin, and Engr. Percival Magpantay.
Rizal National Science High School (RNSHS) proved they are the team to beat when it comes to designing and analyzing data from can satellites. The group, which bagged the top spot in last year’s Can Satellite (CanSat) competition, won this year’s Best Systems Engineering special award and emerged as the 3rd CanSat Competition champion anew. They prevailed over 14 other schools in the three-day event held last November 27-29 in Los Banos, Laguna.
RNSHS students Josh Rael Jorquia, Matthew Lemuel Rey, and Marla Ena Rosales successfully designed, launched, and analyzed the data transmitted from their can satellite. Their successful primary and secondary missions helped them earn the nod of the judges composed of Philippine Space Science Education Program (PSSEP) Focal Person Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Weather Forecaster, Robert Badrina, and University of the Philippines Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute Assistant Professor, Engr. Percival Magpantay.
28 November 2017
Having a national space agency is inevitable. This is the belief that the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) holds into as they mold local talents in the field of space science through its activities under the Philippine Space Science Education Program (PSSEP).
The PSSEP, which began way back in 2004, aims to create awareness among students on career opportunities in space science to address skill shortages and industry needs. With the recent efforts and developments in the establishment of a Philippine space program, the PSSEP’s role has become vital as ever.
“Space is not a luxury anymore. It is now a necessity for a country to dwell in space related matters. Every nation benefits from space technologies that’s why the Philippines should inevitably pursue space efforts for its own development,” said Dr. Rogel Mari Sese who heads the National Space Development Program (NSDP and the PSSEP.