17 February 2016
The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) recently partnered with Intel Technologies Philippines and the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-ED)—a non-profit organization advocating ICT learning among communities—to launch a project that will bank on creativity and innovativeness among teenagers.
Dubbed as “imake.wemake”, the project seeks to unleash the creativity of young Filipinos in innovation using accessible technologies that can address a certain community issue or social problem. The competition, which is launched this February, is open to teams with 15-18 year-old members who can propose an innovation or a product that can “solve a problem” using the Intel Galileo platform.
The Intel Galileo is a microcontroller board that can be used as a development tool in building simple to complex projects such as LED lights, robots, automation features in appliances, and many others.
12 February 2016
Philippine space science is certainly on its way up.
Earlier this year, Diwata-1 made headlines as the first Filipino-made microsatellite that will be launched in April with the help of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It sure brought the country closer to its vision of having its own space agency. The next days, however, will bring us even closer to that dream as some scientists from JAXA is set to visit the country for a unique space education seminar.
On 16-17 February, four JAXA experts namely, Nozomu Sakuraba, Director of JAXA’s Space Education Center; Dr. Yukio Shimizu, Mika Hosobata, and Chris Okano will lead the seminar entitled “Exploring Space Science in the Classroom” before 25 science teachers from the Philippine Science High School System. It will be held at the Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga.
The seminar will highlight ways on how to integrate space learning into the classroom and some interesting topics on microgravity, vacuum experiment, Canadian Robot Arm on the International Space Station, rovers and communication, satellite imagery, and others.
05 February 2016
Jam-packed. 2015 Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awardees filled the stage at Phivolcs during the awarding ceremony held on 4 February.
Filipino science and mathematics wizards just keep getting better.
After setting a record 484 gold, silver and bronze medals from international science and mathematics competitions in 2014, our national contingents collected a total of 614 medals in 2015, stamping another memorable mark in the history books.
At the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards—an annual event organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) that recognizes students who win gold, silver and bronze medals in world science and mathematics contests—some of the medalists from Metro Manila and nearby provinces received their badges of honor from no less than DOST Secretary Mario Montejo. The ceremony was held on 4 February at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Diliman, Quezon City.
Of the total tally, 321 come from the national capital region, while 293 come from the other regions.