04 April 2016
Winners. Student-filmmakers Marvin Nofuente, Nikkei Bernal, and Charles Ongchangco from Mapua Institute of Technology topped the 1st Indie-Siyensya Science Filmmaking Competition with their film “Bonding Tayo”.
Film on chemical bonds, young love wins 1st Indie-Siyensya
Apparently, Chemistry can be well explained through ‘hugots’ or catchy-romance terms.
Combining simple terms and some romantic flavor, student-filmmakers from Mapua Institute of Technology succeeded in explaining the complex topic of chemical bonds in their film entitled ‘Bonding Tayo’ earning them the Best Film Award at the first ever Indie-Siyensya Competition.
In an awarding ceremony held at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Taguig City, the team composed of Marvin Nofuente, Nikkei Bernal, and Charles Ongchangco beat out 15 other science film entries to claim the top award along with a P50,000 cash prize. Indie-Siyensya is a pioneering science filmmaking competition organized by DOST’s Science Education Institute (SEI).
‘Bonding Tayo’ is a film about two Chemistry students who were working on a research paper. The male character named Nito tries to explain chemical bonds to his partner, Elisa, through ‘hugot’ lines that also served as his way to express his feelings towards her.
29 March 2016
Students from Taguig, Pateros, and Muntinlupa are in a feast for their eyes before the end of their classes as the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute showcases the submissions to Indie-Siyensya, the Philippines’ first science filmmaking competition.
Sixteen science films made by college students from various universities will be showcased from 29 to 30 March in Taguig City during the film screenings for Indie-siyensya, a pioneering science filmmaking competition.
Indie-siyensya was launched late in 2015 to spark creativity in communicating science among the youth. The competition aimed to encourage young students to capitalize on film as a tool for influencing people about the benefits of science, technology and innovation.
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.
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.
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.