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09 October 2015

       

Grace Christian College topped 11 other participating schools in the first ever Can Satellite Competition held during the World Space Week celebration in Los Baños, Laguna.

Grace Christian College made history as it was hailed as champion in the first ever Can Satellite Competition in the country held during the celebration of the 2015 World Space Week in Los Baños, Laguna.

Grace Christian College represented by Aaron Rian Choi, Lance Timothy Lim, and Filbert Heinrich Wee, and their coach, Simon Steven Tan, methodically designed their cansats and successfully gathered air pressure, temperature, and global positioning system data during the launch, earning them victory over 11 other participating schools. They also put a transceiver system to communicate data from the cansat to the ground station.

Its design also earned Grace Christian College the Best Systems Engineering Award. Overall, they received Php 10,000 cash prize and certificates.

Placing second in the competition was Philippine Science High School – Main Campus while Makati Science High School won third.  They received Php 7,000 and Php 5,000 cash prizes, respectively, including certificates.

A competing team places its cansat below hexacopter, which will launch the cansat 100 to 150 meters above ground to gather atmospheric data such as temperature, air pressure, and global positioning system, among others.

Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Focal Person of the Philippine Space Science Education Program (PSSEP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), lauded the participating schools for competing hard and presenting very well the data they gathered.

“I congratulate the students who all exerted a high level of effort and time in making their cansats. I know it wasn’t easy but I definitely saw how serious they were throughout the competition and that’s what matters the most,” said Sese.

       

Rizal National Science High School’s water rocket landed nearest the target, which was 80 meters away from the launch area, to be hailed as champions and earn the right to represent the country in the APRSAF water rocket event in Bali, Indonesia on November 27 to December 2, 2015.

Meanwhile, Rizal National Science High School composed of Josh Rael Jorquia, Ralph Joshua Macarasig, Kaye Charity Ignacio and coach Marlon Sta. Catalina proved to be a veteran in the Water-boosted Rocket Competition as it launched its rocket 31 meters and 11 feet close to the target. With the win, they will represent the country for the fourth time in the annual Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) water rocket event to be held in November in Bali, Indonesia.

Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Director Dr. Josette Biyo said the two events aimed to generate high appreciation on space science among the participants. She highlighted the long process of building can satellites as a good way to instill not just skills but understanding and interest in the value of the field of space science in the daily lives of human beings.

“Space science is present in most of our used technologies today whether in disaster management, biotechnology, communications, and others,” she added. “Gaining interest in this field is crucial as we hope to establish a national space agency in the future.” 

Another highlight of the event was the lecture of DOST Balik Scientist Dr. Apollo Arquiza who talked about life inside the International Space Station. Arquiza, a former DOST-SEI Scholar, is known to have studied preparing food for astronauts in space missions. 

       

Andre Ynigo Aquino of Los Baños Central Elementary School came out with the best poster to bring home a P3,000 cash prize duringthe On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition. Finishing second and third place were Ray Emylson Flores of Mayondon Elementary School and Shantell Valerie Go of Lopez Elementary School, respectively. Their entries will be sent to the APRSAF to compete with 40 other countries.

Finally, 20 elementary students from public schools in Los Baños competed in the On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest done under the theme "Careers in Space".  Among the contestants, Andre Ynigo Aquino of Los Baños Central Elementary School came out with the best poster to bring home a Php 3,000 cash prize. Finishing second and third place were Ray Emylson Flores of Mayondon Elementary School and Shantell Valerie Go of Lopez Elementary School, respectively. Their entries will be sent to the APRSAF to compete with 40 other countries. (30)