04 September 2015
In an attempt to engage young students in an actual satellite development process aimed at learning space science, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) recently launched the first ever Can Satellite Competition in the country.
In its Game Reveal, 12 public and private high schools from Region III, Region IV-A and the National Capital Region proudly flashed their can satellites (Can Sat), which they assembled in a five-day development and training workshop held on 24-28 August at the National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education for Development, University of the Philippines Diliman.
The competition, which is part of the Philippine Space Science Education Program (PSSEP), is patterned after the Can Satellite contests being done in many countries. The Can Sat is a soda can-sized satellite which can gather basic atmospheric data such us temperature, air pressure and Global Positioning System, among others. The activity brings the process of satellite development and its importance closer to younger audiences.
03 September 2015
Undefeated. The Philippine Team composed of six students from Eastern Visayas and Central Mindanao campuses of the Philippine Science High School maintained the undefeated slate of the country in its four-year participation in the APTJSO. Also in the photo are Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of the Science Education Institute, and Dr. Alexander Lim, Assistant Director and Head of Science and Technology Division of the ASEAN Secretariat
The Philippine Team wins the overall award, as the undefeated champion for four straight years since 2012, in the recently concluded 4th ASEAN Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey (APTJSO) held in Tangerang, Indonesia. Six students from Eastern Visayas and Central Mindanao campuses of the Philippine Science High School made their mark as they demonstrated their skills in performing laboratory experiments in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Innovation, beating teams from 13 other countries including 10 ASEAN-member countries, plus Sweden, Taiwan, China, and Korea. Their winnings include a gold medal and an Honorable Mention in Physics, a silver medal in Biology, a Bronze medal and an Honorable Mention in Chemistry, and a Bronze medal and an Honorable Mention in Innovation. The Team also won one gold and one silver in the Project Presentation Category, and an Honorable Mention in Poster Presentation.
10 August 2015
ALL SMILES. A DOST scholar-graduate in the graduate scholarship program pose for a photo with Secretary Mario Montejo, Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara and SEI Director Josette Biyo.
In a bid to celebrate the brilliance of the brightest stars of the science community, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) honored 236 outstanding science scholars who graduated with honors for the school year 2014-2015.
Overall, three summa cum laude, 44 magna cum laude, 134 cum laude, an honorable mention, and four academic distinctions were awarded—both in the undergraduate and graduate levels—during the ceremony. One scholar-graduate was also recognized for completing her degree earlier than the prescribed period.
Ninety six (96) honorees from the national capital region and Region 4A attended the ceremony.