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.
26 January 2016
Vets prove to be bests. Farrell Eldrian Wu (center) of MGC New Life Christian Academy topped the recently held 18th PMO. Kyle Patrick Dulay (left) of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus and Albert John Patupat (right) of Holy Rosary College, placed 1st and 2nd runner-ups, respectively. All three were part of last year’s national team to the IMO.
Medalists in last year’s International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) proved their dominance anew as they comprised the Top 3 winners in this year’s Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO).
Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy, who finished as 1st runner up in the previous PMO, topped the national tilt this time. He was also bronze medalist in the 56th IMO held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in July last year. With the victory, Wu took home P20,000 cash prize, trophy, and gifts from Sharp Calculators.
Joining Wu in the Top 3 are national team co-members, Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus and Albert John Patupat of Holy Rosary College, who placed 1st and 2nd runner-ups, respectively. Dulay received P15,000 cash prize while Patupat got P10,000 along with trophies and gifts from Sharp Calculators. Dulay won an honourable mention in last year’s IMO while Patupat, then a rookie in the competition, brought home a bronze medal.
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.
13 January 2016
SEI-UPLB inks partnership. SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo and UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. lead the signing ceremony held at DOST in Taguig City, Wednesday, 13 January 2016, before members of the Working Committees. UPLB Graduate School Dean, Dr. Jose Camacho (leftmost), and SEI’s S&T Manpower, Education, Research and Promotions Chief, Ruby Cristobal (rightmost), served as witnesses in the signing.
The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to jointly organize the hosting of the 5th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey (APTJSO) in June this year.
SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo and UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. lead the signing ceremony held at DOST in Taguig City, Wednesday, 13 January 2016, before members of the Working Committees. UPLB Graduate School Dean, Dr. Jose Camacho, served as witness in the signing.
The event is now set on 12-18 June 2016 at UPLB and carries the theme, “Climate Change and the Rainforest.”