DepEd-7 hopes to pro­duce int’l science fair win­ner

The Freeman - - NEWS - — May B. Mi­asco/JMD

The big­gest science and tech­nol­ogy fair in the re­gion spear­headed by De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion aims to scout win­ners that would ad­vance the na­tional level and hope­fully grab an in­ter­na­tional award.

Sylvio Sabino, DepEd- 7 ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram su­per­vi­sor for Science, said the an­nual Science and Tech­nol­ogy Fair starts from the district level and goes all the way to the in­ter­na­tional level.

The re­gional Science and Tech­nol­ogy Fair opened yes­ter­day, fea­tur­ing unique science re­searches and orig­i­nal in­ven­tions from young learn­ers and en­gag­ing the stu­dents and teach­ers of sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties such as quizzes and ro­bot­ics games.

Sabino said the re­gional of­fice is hope­ful that win­ners from the var­i­ous cat­e­gories would win the na­tional level and rep­re­sent the coun­try in the In­ter­na­tional Science and Engi­neer­ing Fair.

Two re­gional cham­pi­ons snatched the na­tional awards in 2016 (a stu­dent from Cebu City) and in 2018 (a stu­dent from Bogo City) but both were un­for­tu­nately un­able to win in the in­ter­na­tional stage.

But more than the pres­tige, Sabino said DepEd wants to en­cour­age stu­dents and in­still in them the cul­ture of science and tech­nol­ogy, es­pe­cially with the emer­gence of modern ad­vance­ments.

He said the agency in­tends to de­velop more science and tech­nol­ogy-ori­ented learn­ers and pro­duce the next gen­er­a­tion of ex­perts and re­searchers that are in de­mand here in the coun­try.

With that, he said DepEd also makes every ef­fort to im­prove the stu­dents' skills and en­hance pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties that will hone them.

That is why this year, the agency in­tro­duced the Science Innovation Expo that caters to new and orig­i­nal in­ven­tions made by the stu­dents them­selves. The ex­ist­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are the re­search com­pe­ti­tion; Ro­bot Game; science in­ter­ven­tion ma­te­rial; and the Science Quiz.

Sabino rec­og­nized the strong part­ner­ship with and sup­port of Vi­vant Foun­da­tion, which is the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity arm of Vi­vant Cor­po­ra­tion, a pub­licly listed hold­ing com­pany with in­vest­ments in power gen­er­a­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion and re­tail elec­tric­ity ser­vices.

Vi­vant Foun­da­tion, for the sec­ond time, spon­sored DepEd-7's re­gional Science and Tech­nol­ogy Fair.

This year, Vi­vant strength­ens its com­mit­ment in im­prov­ing Science, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics (STEM) stud­ies in pub­lis schools.

It launched dur­ing the event its col­lege schol­ar­ship grant for the re­gional fair par­tic­i­pants.

“We be­lieve that the youth will be able to adapt and thrive in the fu­ture by hav­ing a good STEM ed­u­ca­tion,” said Vi­vant Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Shem Jose Gar­cia. "By pay­ing at­ten­tion to the needs of our com­mu­ni­ties, we de­velop and pro­vide for­ward-look­ing pro­grams that en­able us to at­tain our vi­sion of bring­ing Filipinos into the fu­ture through innovation in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion."

The foun­da­tion's schol­ar­ship al­lows the cho­sen ap­pli­cants to pur­sue a STEM-re­lated col­lege de­gree with full tu­ition cov­er­age and book and liv­ing al­lowances, among oth­ers. The schol­ar­ship is open to par­tic­i­pants of the cur­rent and re­cent re­gional fairs.

Win­ners of last year's RSTF re­ceived STEM-re­lated equip­ment and teach­ing tools from Vi­vant Foun­da­tion to pro­mote in­ter­est and un­der­stand­ing of science and tech­nol­ogy in win­ning schools.

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