NA­TIONAL SCI­ENCE AND TECH­NOL­OGY FAIR

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - ALADIN M. SUEDE

The De­part­ment of Education (DepEd) has a pro­gram that aims to fos­ter crit­i­cal think­ing, cre­ativ­ity, and in­no­va­tion among stu­dents, called the Na­tional Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Fair (NSTF).

The NSTF pro­motes Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy con­scious­ness among the youth by en­abling them to pro­duce and present Sci­ence re­searches and projects.

This year’s NSTF will be held from Fe­bru­ary 18 to 22 at Ta­gay­tay In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Ta­gay­tay City, Cavite.

Ac­cord­ing to the DepEd, chil­dren in this dig­i­tal age are very much into gad­gets, ro­bot­ics, and tech­nol­ogy that our gen­er­a­tion could only imag­ine, or see in films and read in books. Things have re­ally changed, and it is chal­leng­ing to catch up but these ad­vance­ments are be­com­ing in­dis­pens­able not only in education but prac­ti­cally in all as­pects of life.

This is why the De­part­ment con­tin­u­ously ad­vo­cates the cul­ti­va­tion of cu­rios­ity, cre­ativ­ity, crit­i­cal think­ing, and in­no­va­tion among our youth—to en­able and nur­ture the coun­try’s gen­er­a­tion of glob­ally com­pet­i­tive in­no­va­tors.

Our Re­gion is among those whose re­search and in­no­va­tion will be show­cased dur­ing this year’s NSTF, com­pet­ing in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Life Sci­ence, Phys­i­cal Sci­ence, and Ro­bot­ics and In­tel­li­gent Ma­chines.

The win­ning projects shall be se­lected based on out­stand­ing and in­no­va­tive re­search, as well as the po­ten­tial im­pact on cre­at­ing so­lu­tions to the prob­lems of to­day and to­mor­row.

The par­tic­i­pants shall vie for the fol­low­ing: top 3 projects per cat­e­gory, best 6 projects of NSTF, Gokong­wei Brothers Foun­da­tion Young Sci­en­tist Award, and Gawad AGLITEKNO [Agham, Likha at Te­knolo­hiya].

To en­cour­age com­mu­nity aware­ness and sup­port to the re­search and in­no­va­tions of the par­tic­i­pants, NSTF is open to the pub­lic (free of charge) on Fe­bru­ary 20, Wed­nes­day.

--oOo— The au­thor is Teacher III at Bene­dicto El­e­men­tary School, Florid­ablanca, Pam­panga

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