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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.  

The team was awarded a trophy and Php 10,000 cash prize.

Other winners of the competition include Rizal High School (2nd Place) and Philippine Science High School Central Luzon Campus (3rd Place). The teams received Php 7,000 and Php 5,000 cash prizes, respectively, along with trophies.

This year’s CanSat competition is marked by several developments, which, according to Science Education Institute (SEI) Director, Dr. Josette Biyo was a result of an improved learning curve among the participants and the organizers.

“This is our third year of conducting this innovative competition, and we see how improved our teams are,” she said.

Notably, all 15 teams were able to launch and retrieve their cansats without problems. 

Biyo acknowledged the crucial role of partners and the willingness of the teams in ensuring the success of the whole activity, which began in September this year. 

“The project has grown and we are glad to get the support our participants needed. With such training and sponsorship, the students did not only get to complete their missions but also had the opportunity to show immense creativity and analytical skills. We are confident that the competition instilled in them a desire to push for science and technology careers as our country has a great need for S&T professionals,” added Biyo. 

RNSHS' Josh Rael Jorquia places their cansat during the launching event held on 28 November at the CTTE Grounds, UP Los Baños.

RNSHS student Josh Rael Jorquia, a veteran of the competition, echoes Biyo’s sentiments. In his testimonial, Jorquia promised to take up a science course in college and urges his colleagues to make use of their learning in pursuing advanced S&T fields in the future.   

The 3rd CanSat Competition is part of the PSSEP, which also leads the annual celebration of the World Space Week in the Philippines. (30)

A team ensures their cansat is working as they try to execute their primary and secondary missions during the 2017 Can Satellite Competition.