The Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology and Philippine Science Centrum Launch Student Science Competitions
Assemble and Launch was organized and coordinated by PFST staff, Ms. Cheryl Mulat and Mr. Luis Lesigues, Project Leader and Unit Head for Programs and Communications, respectively. Mr. Allen Yu, an amateur astronomer of 15 years, conducted a lecture on “Space Science, Exploration and Advancement” to introduce the World Space Week celebration and water rocket workshop and competition.
The workshop was designed to be “edu-taining” (educational and entertaining) and hence, this centered on how to create/assemble a water rocket out of plastic bottles, PVC sheets, plastic folders and the like. Philippine Science Centrum Research Head, Engineer Roland Moya, served as workshop resource person, explaining to students the science principles behind the assembly of parts and the flight of water rockets. Grade schoolers were guided in assembling their rockets by employees of the PSC, namely, Mr. Rejean dela Cruz, Mr. Claro Resurreccion and Mr. Francis Ortega. Meanwhile high schoolers received guidance from Mr. Mario Reyes, Mr. Rolly Ariola and Ms. Desiree Del Rosario.
Student-participants during the...
The contest proper was held the following day, 11 October 2014 at the Marikina Riverbanks Amphitheater. Thirty-three (33) teams with 66 student-participants joined the competition: 10 teams under the Children category (10 to 12 years old); and 23 teams under the Teenagers Category (13 to 16 years old). Each team launched its rockets twice.
The Board of Judges consisting of Mr. Luis Lesigues and Ms. Cheryl Mulat proclaimed the winners under the Children Category and the Teenagers Category. Under the first category, the winners were Gerielle Cura and Jenny Balais of Dr. Celedonio Salvador Elementary School (Paco, Manila)-1st prize; Zyrah Jade Martesano and Tuesber Guevara, also of Dr. Celedonio Salvador Elementary School (Paco, Manila)-2nd prize; and Gabrielle John Abarquez and Xian Amiel Egneo of Timoteo Paez Elementary School (Pasig City)-3rd prize. In the Teenagers Category, the winners were Gillbran Nathaniel Palasiqui and Emmanuel Santos of St. Joseph Catholic School (Quezon City)-1st place; Michael Stephen Magpantay and Harold Christopher Pura of Claret School (Quezon City)-2nd place; and Rachel Ladera and Mark James Macayan of Pinagbuhatan High School (Pasig City)-3rd place.
Gerielle Cura & Jenny Balais
Dr. Celedonio Salvador Elem. School
Gillbran Nathaniel Palasiqui & Emmanuel Santos
St. Joseph Catholic School
Open to 4th year high school students both in private and public schools of the National Capital Region, DISSECT sought to 1) encourage and enable students to conceptualize and mount exciting and entertaining exhibit-prototypes for science center-museums; 2) provide occasion for students to ‘dissect’ scientific concepts learned in school for creating ‘table-top models;’ and 3) develop innate talents as well as discover and give recognition to future scientists, mathematicians, engineers, physicists, and technologists.
DISSECT was formally launched on 11 November 2014 at the Philippine Science Centrum, with Engr. Filemon T. Berba, Jr., PFST President, welcoming the guests and participants to the launching.Messages were delivered by PFST Chairman and PH NatCom Commissioner Engr. Meneleo Carlos, Jr.and Dr. Virginia S. Carino of PH NatCom Science Committee.
Engr. Rolando Moya, PSC Research Head, gave an orientation to the students/ participating teams on PSC’s Interactive Exhibit Design and Fabrication Process.He explained the mechanics of the contest as well as the interactive exhibit development and prototyping process.
DISSECT’s Board of Judges was co-chaired by Engr. Nicky Villasenor III, PFST Trustee, and Dr. Virginia S. Carino, representing Philippines NatCom, and had for members, Mr. Ruby Cristobal representing DOST’s Science Education Institute; Ms. Evelyn Josue representing the UP National Institute for Science and Math Education; and Ms. Elvie Galvez, Engr. Rolando Moya and Mr. Rejean dela Cruz, all representing PSC.
Participating teams/schools were expected to submit their entries to PSC on 09 January 2015 and three winners will be selected to receive medals, cash prizes and plaques of appreciation.