The Philippine Science High School-Central Luzon Campus scholars Jade Derrick Quizon, Rafael Angelo Taracatac, and Adrian Nicolo Zapata along with around 100 delegates from 15 countries participated in the Asia-Pacific Forum for the Science Talented held in National Taiwan Normal University last 01-06 July 2017. With the theme Problem Solving of Future Scientists, participants were asked to conceptualize a project with the theme Through Time and Space. They were given a series of seminars with various topics to aid them in the creation of their project. Quizon’s team conceptualized a water treatment facility to extract water from Mars. Meanwhile, Taracatac’s group was able to create a model sewage water treatment innovation model while Zapata’s group created a machine that creates a juice that contains all the needed nourishment for the body that can be used in space travel.
The projects were presented by the students in front of a panel of judges composed of members of the Asia Pacific Federation for Giftedness (APFG) and Taiwan Ministry of Education officials. Projects presented by Quizon’s and Taracatac’s groups were awarded Best in Oral Presentation while Zapata’s group was given Participation Award.
A Teacher’s Forum was also organized where current trends and researches in gifted education were discussed by some of the leading researchers in the said area of study. Each country was also given the opportunity to present some of their best practices in teaching the science talented. Rex Forteza and William Laride presented some of the best practices in infusing creativity in Science classes through the presentation entitled The Creative Scientist which has received some positive feedback from the audience.
The activity was a great opportunity for PSHS scholars to interact with their peers abroad and experts in the fields of study as well. The participants greatly benefitted from the interaction with their group mates. They were also enriched with the wide array of learning experiences provided to them by the organizers.
Furthermore, by listening to the presentation of the other countries, teachers were able to use the event as a venue to benchmark best practices as well as exchange ideas on how to teach gifted students more effectively. Presentations and round table discussions were able to underline the importance of developing the creativity of the students using challenges and other effective strategies to keep students on their toes and develop their creativity
Delegates from the Philippine Science High School System participated in the 2017 Sisterhood Relationship Festival held in Busan, South Korea held last May 21 to 29. The event was hosted by the Sung Do High School led by their principal, Mr. Kim Gyu Ik. The PSHS Main Campus (MC) together with the Central Luzon Campus (CLC) had a total of fourteen (14) student-participants and four (4) personnel. The PSHS-CLC delegation was composed of Mr. Neil Joshua F. Patiag (Grade 9), Mr. Louis Anton A. Cruz (Grade 10), Mr. Richard Angelo T. Luciano (Grade 10), Mr. Chester Neil A. Layag (Grade 10), Mr. Bernard G. Payongayong (Grade 10), Ms. Pauline Kirstie H. Atumpag (Teacher-Chaperone), and Mr. Ruselle B. Castro (Teacher-Chaperone).
The event marked the established linkage between PSHS and Sung Do High School. It was basically a student exchange program that was truly infused with a variety of activities that highlighted not only the educational system of both countries but also their respective culture and traditions. What made this experience unique was that students lived with their Korean foster families. In this way, the students were able to have a close and direct interaction with them. For nine (9) days, the students were able to attend classes, report facts and trivia about the Philippines, join the campus tour in the Sung Do High School and Busan National University (BNU), listen to a lecture held in BNU, explore the Busan National Science Museum, watch a baseball game, travel to Busan City, its traditional markets, and other historical sites located in Gyeong Ju, and visit the United Nations Memorial Cemetery.
Through this activity, students gained a rich experience that diversifies their worldview may it be in the academic, scientific, cultural, and social aspect.
Grade 12 students from Philippine Science High School - Central Luzon Campus bagged various awards during the 26th Philippine Biodiversity Symposium held at the Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan, Quezon City last July 18-21, 2017. It was their first time to join said event.
Forty-eight (48) researches under the high school, undergraduate, and regular categories were selected as finalists for the poster presentation and thirty-seven (37) studies were selected for the oral presentation. An initial screening was conducted to make sure these adhered to the theme "New and Emerging Trends in Biodiversity Research and Conservation".
Kamp Bakawan, consisting of Gabrielle S. Long, Gabrielle Pauline De Guzman, and Victoria Aubrey C. Manalo as the presenting author, won second place for Best High School Oral Presentation for the paper entitled “Change Detection of Mangrove Coverage in Masinloc and Palauig, Zambales from 1995, 2005, and 2015 using Remotely-Sensed Imagery". Karizz Anne L. Morante was their research adviser.
Nicolas Czar Antonio won second place for Best High School Poster Presentation for the paper entitled “Ethnobotanical Study of the Medicinal Plants used by the Magbukun Ayta Negrito Indigenous Group in Sitio Kanawan, Morong, Bataan”. His research adviser was Reneir John Tuason.
This annual conference provides a broad platform for the discussion of issues related to biodiversity in the Philippines and in other countries as well. Moreover, the conference promotes debate and identifies directions on how conservation and restoration ecology as a distinct field can be established and consolidated in the country.
Nicolas Czar B. Antonio, a grade 12 student of the Philippine Science High School - Central Luzon Campus, presented his research during the 2nd International Conference on Cordillera Studies held at the CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center in Baguio City last July 12-14, 2017.
Among more than 400 delegates composed of scholars, educators, artists, media practitioners, policy makers, activists, government officials and other groups, Antonio was the youngest and the only high school student.
His paper was entitled “Ethnobotanical Study of the Medicinal Plants used by the Magbukun Ayta Negrito Indigenous Group in Sitio Kanawan, Morong, Bataan”. Reneir John Tuason was the research adviser.
University of the Philippines Baguio, through its Cordillera Studies Center, organized the first conference last February 2008 with the main objective of discussing different approaches and issues that concern the indigenous groups of Cordillera in Northern Luzon. This year, the conference provided a wider perspective of understanding the indigenous societies in the Philippines and elsewhere.
With this year's theme "Indigenous Studies in the Philippines: Issues and Prospects", the conference aimed to promote initiatives to preserve indigenous scientific knowledge, history, spirituality, rituals, culture, heritage, literature, visual arts, language, health, lifestyle, gender issues, education, and political and economic systems.
In pursuit of building and strengthening international linkages, Philippine Science High School-Central Luzon Campus (PSHS-CLC) welcomed graduate students from Perking University, Beijing, China together with guests from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and the University of the Philippines, Diliman on July 18, 2017.
The graduate students were warmly accommodated in PSHS-CLC for their study tour which was one of the main purposes of their ten-day stay in the Philippines from July 15-25, 2017. The highlights of their visit in the campus were their remarkable and at the same time enjoyable experiences with the Chemistry and Life Sciences Unit faculty and with the Fabrication Laboratory leaders.
They were presented with and engaged in a science experiment activity in their visit in the school’s science laboratories. With the help of the faculty members from the Chemistry and Life Sciences Unit, they were able to tour around and try some of the equipment. They were welcomed with a fun activity that was also being introduced to the Grade 10 students of PSHS-CLC. The activity was used as an introduction electrophoresis technique using a fictional forensic investigation case. The activity used food colors, agar, buffers, and electrophoresis set-up that made it amusing and at the same time safe. It was also a way to appreciate the role of science in our society. The visitors were happy to be able to see that PSHS-CLC could introduce science techniques in a pleasurable and interesting way.
Another engaging part of the students’ tour was their fun experience in the PSHS-CLC Fabrication Laboratory where the school produces 3D outputs using different materials like wood, acrylic, etc. The visitors were introduced to various laser-cut and laser-engraved products as well as 3D-printed outputs made using the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) – a computer-controlled high precision tool which produces more precise products as compared with manual machining.
Overall, the guests had a very good experience in their study tour in PSHS-CLC as they experienced enjoyable learning activities in the field of Science and Technology which not only showcased the school’s advanced educational trainings and facilities but also inspired the Perking University graduate students to bring with them a significant memory to be gladly shared when they come home.