High school students compete for project grant, science scholarships-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
MAY the odds be ever in your favor, said Katniss Evergreen of the Hunger Games.
The battle is between teenagers but it is not about killing a rival, but about outwitting another team through science.
Forty teams from various schools in Metro Manila up to Zambales gathered at the Manila Ocean Park in Manila from October 4 to 6 for summit in search of the best science project.
A total of 120 participants, composed of 80 junior high school students and 40 science teachers, are competing against each other in the first ever "Hyundai New Thinkers Summit: Innovation and Climate Science Youth Summit." This is the first time that the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) partnered with Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (Hari) Foundation for a project.
Marco Melgar of DOST-SEI said that each team should propose a project to be evaluated by a panel of judges in line with the theme "Innovation and Climate Change." Hari will give the top 20 teams, to be awarded on Sunday, a grant for the implementation of their project from November 2013 to March 2014.
Melgar said that SEI used to have an annual science camp where they invite 20 schools to participate for an out-of-the-classroom learning experience, usually held in April. In 2013, the theme of the camp held at Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro was geology and marine science.
For 2014, the theme will be in line with this summit and the camp on April 22 to 28 will be held in Angat, Bulacan and Subic in Zambales.
But winning in the three-day summit is not the end of the game. During the science camp in 2014, Hari will evaluate each team's performance.
After that, Hari will award full college scholarships in science, technology, mathematics, engineering and climate science to the outstanding students in the competition.
"The program aims to develop creative thinking and leadership among high school students in helping solve real climate-related problems in their communities, and enhance their interests in science and technology careers," DOST-SEI said in a statement.
During the three-day summit, DOST-SEI also launched the Philippine leg of the World Space Week celebration. (Sunnex)