17 January 2017
DONE DEAL. DOST led by Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña (second to left) and SEI Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo (leftmost) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Malaysia’s Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) led by Vice Chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Bin Hj Hashim (second to right) and Associate Professor Dr. Fawnizu Azmadi B Hussin. The partnership will allow faculties of Palawan State University and Batangas State University to hone their expertise in the field of Petroleum Engineering and Energy Science.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP)—a Malaysian private university— that will allow Filipino teachers to hone their expertise in the field of Petroleum Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering through scholarships in masters and doctorate.
In a ceremony held recently at UTP in Perak, Malaysia, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña and Science Education Institute (SEI) Director, Dr. Josette T. Biyo, led the Philippine contingent in signing the MOU with UTP’s Vice Chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Bin Hj Hashim. The MOU will allow faculty members from the Palawan State University (PSU) and Batangas State University (BSU), the only universities in the Philippines offering BS Petroleum Engineering, to pursue graduate studies in the aforementioned fields under the Foreign Scholarship Component of the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) of DOST-SEI.
25 December 2016
A total of 2,196 third year college students passed the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) 2016 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Examination administered nationwide on 16 October 2016 and in areas affected by Typhoon Karen on 13 November 2016. There were 7,102 third year students in various S&T courses who took the examination.
The JLSS is a scholarship program of the DOST-SEI under the Republic Act No. 7687 or the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”, Republic Act No. 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013”, and the Merit Scholarship Program.
Qualifiers of this scholarship program will get to enjoy a 2-3 year S&T scholarships. Those who qualified under RA 7687 and RA 10612 will be entitled to subsidy in tuition fee and other school fees, monthly living allowance, book allowance, among others, in the last 2 or 3 years of their undergraduate studies. Scholars under the Merit scholarship program will likewise receive the same benefits except for the pro-rated monthly stipend based on the scholar’s family socio-economic status.
13 October 2016
It was mission accomplished for Rizal National Science High School as it bested 14 other schools to win the 2nd Can Satellite (CanSat) Competition during the 2016 World Space Week (WSW) Celebration held on 5-7 October in Los Baños, Laguna.
The team composed of Josh Rael Jorquia, Matthew Lemuel Rey, Marla Ena Rosales, and their coach, Marlon Sta. Catalina, designed their CanSat to gather barometric pressure, temperature, and global positioning system as its primary mission. They added sensors to gather humidity and light intensity, and a camera to capture images as part of its secondary mission. With a successful launch and data transmission from the CanSat to their ground station, Rizal NSHS made an effective analysis of their data to emerge on top.
The victory earned them a Php 10,000 cash prize and a trophy.
10 November 2016
Competing students from the Philippines will try to make use of home court advantage as they go against their international counterparts in the Can Satellite and Water Rocket Competitions to be held during the 23rd Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Side Event on 12-13 November 2016 in Los Baños, Laguna.
Schools representing the Philippines include Rizal National Science High School and Benigno Aquino High School for the CanSat Competition, as well as Sampaguita Village National High School, Unson National High School, and Tuntungin Putho National High School for the Water Rocket Event. Said schools secured their spots by winning the local competitions held at the 2016 World Space Week celebrations. Rizal National Science High School had previously represented the country in the Water Rocket Event in the 2012 and 2015 APRSAF held in Malaysia and Indonesia, respectively.
This is the first time that the APRSAF and its side events will be held in the country. The 23rd session of the Forum will be held on 15-18 November at Sofitel, Manila with the theme “Building a Future through Space Science, Technology and Innovation.”
04 October 2016
The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is set to continue the momentum of last year’s historic celebration of the World Space Week (WSW) with the second installment of the Can Satellite (Can Sat) Competition.
The competition, along with the annual National Water-boosted Rocket Launching and Poster Making Contests, will highlight the 18th WSW celebration, which will be brought back to Los Baños, Laguna on October 5-7.
The Can Sat competition, which has versions in Europe, the United States and Asia, was adopted by the country beginning last year as a platform to excite high school students in space science through development and launching of soda can-sized satellites that can gather basic atmospheric data.
“It guides students to the actual satellite development process—from designing, building, launching, up to collecting, transmitting, and analyzing data,” said Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI. “It is our way of making them interested in space science.”