Student-Researchers Show Wit and Creativity in DSTF 2019

by: Russell P. Samson, EPS, Science

            “Doing research is not about competing with one another; it is helping the community by discovering and inventing something through research”. This statement was said by Ms. Micah Pacheco, Regional Science Supervisor, during the Annual Division Science and Technology Fair (DSTF) conducted on October 12, 2019 at Navotas Elementary School.

            The event was graced by the new OIC-SDS, Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, Mrs. Loida O. Balasa, CID Chief, Dr. Grace Nieves, EPS-LRDMS, PSDSs Mrs. Evangeline Avedaño and Dr. Florabel Santos. This year’s theme is “Reinventing the Future: Advancing Communities through Science, Technology and Innovations”.The program was hosted by Mrs. Socora Retuya and Mr. Ian Ezekiel Martin both teachers from Navotas National High School.

            A total of 53 entries were made and 108 students participated in the said event. The five categories vied by students are the following: Life Science Individual and Team Categories (JHS and SHS), Physical Science Individual and Team (JHS and SHS), Robotics and Intelligent Machine Individual and Team (JHS and SHS), Science Innovation Expo. The student-made Science Investigatory Projects were judged by the experts coming from different institutions and divisions in NCR.

            Also a new contest called Science Processes and Practices On-Site Interview (SPpOT) was included during the Science Fair. This contest aims to enable students to apply science and math thinking skills to solve problems that have local, national and global impact. It allows students to become problem solvers by addressing social, scientific and environment issues through application of 21st century skills.

            During the awarding and closing program, Officers of Navotas Science Research Advisers Association (NASRAA) took an oath to Dr. Florabel Santos, Public Schools District Supervisor. This is momentous as NASRAA is the very first Science Research Association founded in SDO Navotas.  Miss Heydiliza Santos was elected as the president of the said association.

Navotas National Science High School under the leadership of its new OIC-Principal Mr. Russell Samson emerged as the over-all 1st place in Junior High School category while Filemon T. Lizan Senior High School under the leadership of Dr. Rico Tarectecan, OIC-Principal, declared the over-all 1st place winner in the Senior High School category.

All first placers in the SIP categories will represent the division in the Regional Science and Technology Fair which will be held in SDO Mandaluyong City on November 22-23, 2019 while the first place winner of SPpOT will represent SDO Navotas in the upcoming Regional Festival of Talents on November, 2019 at Muntinlupa City.