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by: Rex Forteza
House colors adorned Pisay Clark once again as student teams went on a head-to-head battle of scientific prowess, technological skills, and wit in the Science Week 2017 competitions held last February 06-11, 2017. With the theme “Science Alive! Celebrating the Joy of Doing Science”, scholars from the Ten Great Houses – Pink Chimaera, Blue Sphinx, Brown Acromantula, White Centaur, Red Salamander, Green Leprechaun, Orange Manticore, Gray Phoenix, Purple Griffin, and Yellow Basilisk – participated in the different events in their bid to become this year’s House Cup Champions.
Science Week 2017 was organized by the Building a Culture of Science (BCS) Committee and teachers from Physics Engineering and Technology (PET) unit, Chemistry and Life Science (CLS) Unit, and Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Unit. The celebration aims to fulfil a three-fold objective: (1) Promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among students through competitive and collaborative activities; (2) complement content and skills that they have learned inside the classroom; and (3) Foster camaraderie among fellow scholars outside their batches.
Out of the Classroom Experiences
Science Camp 2017 is composed of seven (7) major competitions, namely: Bio Challenge, Chemistry Feud, The Siege, Math It to Win It, Project Rover, Digital Citizenship, and Aghamazing Race.
The scholars’ knowledge on different biological concepts, as well as their skills in extracting DNA was put to test during the Bio Challenge. Participants of the Bio Challenge underwent a series of written tests on ecology, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, molecular biology, and biotechnology. The second half of the challenge is a practical test that involved figuring out how to extract DNA from a banana under a gruelling time limit.
Chemistry Feud added a twist in the popular show Family Feud by injecting problems involving chemical reactions and chemistry concepts. Contestants battled each other one on one as they answer chemistry related questions under different categories.
The scholars’ creativity and problem solving was put to test as teams plan and construct their own trebuchets using simple materials like popsicle sticks and strings. A limited set of materials were given to the participants which they need to use to build their own functional projectile launcher or trebuchet. Winners were determined by the quality of construction as well as accuracy of their trebuchet.
Math wizards test their computational and motor skills as they solve math problems and fulfil tasks ala Minute to Win It. Competitors were asked to solve Sudoku puzzles, break number codes, and construct sturdy pyramids. The team that are able to finish all tasks completely takes home the prize for this game.
Students also tried to be space navigators with the Project Rover challenge as they simulate communication systems for space exploration navigations. Players need to navigate a remote-controlled rover through a vast terrain by a series of commands from different control centers which can only perform specific tasks and commands. The teams which were able to successfully locate the mystery item wins the game.
Technical knowledge and film artistry of the scholars were demonstrated as they define what Digital Citizenship means. Houses were tasked to produce and film a short infomercial with Digital Citizenship as the central theme. Videos produced varied from the humorous to the poignant and captivating. Scholars were able to show that there is beauty in science and technology.
This year’s celebration aims to promote a culture of science by allowing the scholars to engage in science-heavy but fun-filled activities that are not usually part of but complements formal classroom instruction.
Out of the Ordinary Camping
A deviation from the ordinary camping experience, the Science Camp 2017 held in Paradise Adventure Camp, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan caps this year’s festivities. The camp started with a bang as scholars showed their house spirit by performing their amazing house cheers. Everyone was delighted as sharp beats mingled with intelligent quips and witty taglines filled the air as house members urged each other on to grab this year’s House Cup for their own.
The focal event for the Science Camp is the third annual Aghamazing Race - the ultimate test of skills and stamina as houses hurdle through different tasks that tests their scientific knowledge, problem solving skills, and critical thinking. Tasks for each station was designed to test the students’ knowledge on disciplines like Mathematics, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Design. Some stations even challenged their teamwork, communication, and physical capabilities.
A bonfire activity was held after dinner to remind everyone to keep the passion for science and technology burning. Students enjoyed the warmth of the bonfire and each other’s company as they gaze upon the sky during the stargazing activity organized and facilitated by the Kislap Astronomical Society with their adviser Ms. Karizz Anne Morante.
The Purple Griffin dominated this year’s Science Week 2017 after getting high ranks during the various competitions. Pink Chimaera and Green Leprechauns followed suit bagging second and third place in the house cup. Winners from the various events were awarded certificates and custom-made medals while house cup winners were given a special trophy for their outstanding performance.
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Acceptance of application to the position of
Salary Grade 28
PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM
Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City
1. Filipino citizen, with good moral character; without pending administrative, civil or criminal case; with 2nd level Civil Service professional
2. Minimum of MS degree in Science and Technology (PhD preferred but not mandatory)
3. Five (5) years supervisory experience in institutions/organizations offering education/academic programs.
4. 120 hours of managerial trainings.
RA No. 8496 provides specific roles and functions of the ED, which are as follows:
1. Coordinate curriculum planning activities for the PSHS System;
2. Oversee research projects on the gifted in science and mathematics;
3. Coordinate publication of research outputs of the teachers, administrators and students from the PSHS System;
4. Provide legal and technical support to the members of the System;
5. Coordinate exchange programs with other educational institutions both local and foreign;
6. Develop and coordinate linkages and networking among the campuses of the PSHS System with other institutions;
7. Coordinate the implementation of the program for the identification and selection of scholars for the PSHS System; and,
8. Perform other functions as may be deemed necessary.
1. Any individual who possesses the qualifications cited above may apply or be nominated. Nominations will be accepted from any individual or group, such as but not limited to the following:
a. Professional organizations
b. Heads of universities or colleges
c. Faculty and staff of the PSHS System
d. PSHS Alumni
2. The following documents should be submitted:
a. Application letter or duly signed nomination letter indicating the name of the nominee and justification for nomination (indicating also the position of the person nominating).
b. Nomination letters should be accompanied by letter from the nominee expressing his/her commitment to serve, if chosen for the position.
c. Six copies of curriculum vitae, including three (3) references (include one –page summary if curriculum vitae is long)
d. A statement of plans for the PSHS, maximum of 2 pages
e. Documentation to support data in curriculum vitae (e.g. photocopies of diplomas awards, publications, CESO certificate of conferment, trainings/seminars/workshops attended)
f. Clearance certificates from present employer; NBI; and in addition, if currently employed with government agency, clearance certificates from Sandigan bayan, Ombudsman, and Civil Service Commission)
Submit sealed application to: DR. CAROL M. YOYOBE
Chairperson, Search Committee
c/o Office of the Executive Director
Philippine Science High School System
Diliman, Quezon City
Deadline of submission of application: February 27, 2017
Approved for publication: DR. CAROL M. YOROBE
OIC-Executive Director, PSHS System
Undersecretary for S&T Services, DOST
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by: Macy Matundan
The Philippine Science High School (PSHS) continues to shape its scholars to become global citizens. Through implementing activities that enable students to interact with foreign students—such as exposing them to various competitions and exchange programs in other countries—scholars become more dynamic, versatile, and confident in working with their fellow intellectuals in different parts of the world.
The SungDo High School Delegates in Pampanga
As part of the Exchange Program of the PSHS Main Campus, students and teachers from the SungDo High School (SDHS) in Busan, Korea visited the Central Luzon Campus (CLC) in January 19 to 22, 2017. CLC Director Lilia T. Habacon welcomed the delegates in the CLC Residence Hall Function Room and led them in a four-day immersion program in the campus.
A total of 16 Korean students and seven SDHS teachers arrived in CLC, together with four main campus (MC) teachers and two MC students. In order to guide them during their stay in the region, eight Grade 10 CLC students were chosen to become the visitors’ buddies who were introduced to the SDHS delegates during the opening ceremony. The buddy system entailed accompanying delegates in the whole duration of their stay.
On their first day, participants went on a tour around City of San Fernando, enjoyed a local amusement park, and indulged in the exquisite cuisine of Pampanga. The next day, the SDHS delegates joined several classes during the day to further immerse the Korean students with the PSHS-CLC scholars. Such classes include Integrated Science, Art, Design, and Technology, Biology, Philippine Constitution and Government, Economics, Academic Writing, Music, English, Physics, Chemistry, and Physical Education.
Familiarity with the Local Culture
The participants visited Nayong Pilipino in Clark where cultural dancers showed the various types of Filipino folk dance—from Luzon to Visayas, up to Mindanao. A soccer game between SDHS and PSHS students was then facilitated in the Clark Development Corporation Parade Grounds.
The Korean delegates did not only experience the Pampanga culture; they were brought to Bataan to expose them to other places in the Central Luzon region. Activities included heritage houses tour, swimming, and beach volleyball.
The 2017 Sisterhood Festival under the Exchange Program between SDHS and PSHS will still continue this year. Students and teachers from PSHS campuses will visit SDHS in Busan, Korea this coming May to further strengthen the partnership between institutions.
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FORTUNATO DELA PEÑA, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology and Chair of the PSHS System Board of Trustees, announces the names of the successful qualifiers to the Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS) Search for Scholars for 2017. Of the 25,405 applicants, 1,340 examinees successfully hurdled the one-step screening administered on October 2016.
The qualifiers have to IMMEDIATELY contact the Registrar or the Campus Director of the PSHS Campus where they are qualified to enroll, or visit the following websites: www.pshs.edu.ph or www.dost.gov.ph, for more information on early enrollment. Deadline for slot confirmation / reservation of principal qualifiers is on February 17, 2017 for Main Campus qualifiers, and on February 24, 2017 for regional campus qualifiers. Specific schedule of other enrollment activities shall be announced by the respective campuses.
LIST OF PASSERS
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The Philippine Science High School-Central Luzon Campus (PSHS-CLC) held its first parenting seminar-forum spearheaded by the PSHS-CLC Gender and Development (GAD) Committee for the parents of PSHS-CLC scholars. The event, conducted on January 16, 2017 at the campus Residence Hall, is entitled “Gender and Giftedness: Does Numerical Disparity Tell the Whole Story?” It primarily highlighted how it is to be parents of Pisay scholars which essentially focused on the sharing of their significant experiences, encountered challenges, and best parenting practices.
The GAD Committee invited two (2) of PSHS-CLC Alumni’s parents as the key sharers of the said seminar-forum. Mr. Joselito Tutanes, father of Carl Tutanes, and Romel Cruz, father of Roma Elaine Cruz, were the resource speakers of the event. Carl and Roma are part of the pioneer batch of PSHS-CLC. During their stay in Pisay, they were exemplars of a well-rounded student. They excel not only in the sciences, mathematics, and technology, but also in the arts. They were able to make it to the director’s list and were students of good values.
As the speakers of the seminar-forum, their parents shared their secrets for raising good children like Carl and Roma. The first speaker, Mr. Joselito Tutanes, talked about some parenting tips. He emphasized on the need to nurture the nature of children, to provide opportunities for them to better themselves, to set achievable expectations for them to have a goal, to keep constant communication with them, to teach them to strike a balance between their studies and other activities, to ask God for guidance, and to provide them a safe home – a refuge where they feel love and genuine acceptance.
The second speaker, Mr. Romel Cruz, began his talk with an anecdote of his experience when he was in college. He shared that most of his engineering classmates were from science high schools. This made him tell himself that he was going to send his children to a science high school one day, and he succeeded on this. He made sure that he did not put so much pressure on his children. He also took into consideration the differences between his son and daughter. He mentioned that boys are really different from girls. According to him, girls are more serious, more disciplined, and more competitive than boys. But whatever the differences tell, he ensured that he always supported his children. Mrs. Cruz added that she and her husband always taught their children to choose good life over easy life, to share their blessings, and to be compassionate.
After the sharings of the speakers, the floor was opened for questions and other sharings from the parent audience. The parents shared their own experiences with their Pisay scholar children. While they face different circumstances, they found out that they also share the same sentiments in dealing with their scholars. Some shared how important it is not to put so much pressure on the children. Some advised not to pamper their children and trust that they would attain a sense of accomplishment if they would be given opportunities to mature in their own way with the sufficient guidance from the parents. They also agreed that continuous monitoring of and communication with their children helped a lot in understanding and guiding them well. It was also essential for them to encourage their children to engage in other activities so that they would have a break from their hard work in their studies. One parent, Mr. Fronda, former General Parent-Teacher Association President who has a Grade 11 son in Pisay, also commended PSHS-CLC in its efforts to provide opportunities to its scholars to involve in extra-curricular activities like clubs, sports, music, and other forms of arts. He took pride in the school’s endeavors to develop holistic scholars.
Overall, the seminar-forum was very much appreciated by the 129 audience, parents of PSHS-CLC scholars, because it was able to impart to them significant parenting insights, to provide them a venue where they could share their own parenting thoughts and experiences with other parents with whom they share the same parenting challenges and sentiments, and to be their starting point towards better parenting undertakings.