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DOST-Pisay student crafts thrill S&T week celeb

Monday, July 16, 2012 12:49 AM    Views : 1297by:Allan Mauro V. Marfal - S&T Media Service, STII

New ideas, fresh thoughts, exciting presentations. This is how the Interactive Activity by the Department of Science and Technology's Philippine Science High School, nicknamed "Pisay," can be summarized. A part of the annual celebration of the National Science and Technology Week, the Interactive Activity drew in the young crowd that stood amazed at the clever "playthings" fashioned by the students of the premiere science high school system in the country.

Participated in by the whole PSHS system nationwide, the event held July 11 aimed to  feature PSHS student-developed gizmos, robots, and other creations that have practical applications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

Some of the featured creations were robots or automated gadgets from the 11 campuses of PSHS that have been recognized in national and international robotics Olympiads. These include the Robosoccer- real steel kicking robots, Botball, Ilocano Robots, Bioloids and robots resembling animals.

Through the activity, PSHS students had the opportunity to interact with the public and provide valuable information, especially to young students, that help increase awareness and appreciation to science and technology.

Ernest Pineda, a 3rd year PSHS Southern Mindanao student, expressed his gratitude to this opportunity. "Na flatter po ako, kasi sa dinami-dami ng estudyante na pwedeng ipadala rito, isa ako sa napili. Balang araw kapag nag-college ako, gusto ko kumuha ng B.S Chemistry, kasi naniniwala ako na malaki ang maitutulong po nito sa ting bansa," he said.

In his inspirational message, DOST Undersecretary Fortunato Dela Pena said that he believes, despite of their young age, that the students have the capability to contribute in boosting the country's economy.

Dr. Josette P. Biyo, Executive Director of PSHS, acknowledged the active participation of the students, teachers and even the directors of different campuses in this activity.
She also mentioned that PSHS has new campus in Koronodal City to enable more students in the countryside to have quality education.

Aside from the students of PSHS, students from different public elementary and high schools in Metro Manila also participated in this activity.

DOST-Pisay student

A student of the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Science High School looks over his team's creations- three robots playing soccer, racing to kick the steel ball to the goal. This is just one of the exciting student creations at the Interactive Activity of the PSHS in the recent celebration of the National S&T Week at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City (Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service)

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