Miriam P. Aquino
SAN FERNANDO CITY – Science wizards from region one will be head to head in a regional quiz bee organized by the Philippine Science High School- Ilocos Sur campus in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology-regional office here.
During a recent press conference, DOST-1 regional director Armando Q. Ganal said the regional quiz bee set on July 27 at the CSI Mall here is a first-time activity in line with this year’s National Science and Technology Week celebrated from July 25 to July 29.
The Quiz Bee team category dubbed “ Pisay Pinnasiriban 2016” is open to public school Grade 6 pupils and high school students regionwide.
Before the competition at the regional level, a simultaneous provincial elimination will be conducted on July 16, particularly at Robinsons in Ilocos Norte, JTC Mall in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, CSI Mall in San Fernando City, La Union and at Robinsons in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
The top three winning teams from both elementary and high school level at the provincial eliminations will be the official contestants for the Quiz Bee finals.
Monette Herrera, DOST-1 project assistant, said that according to Ronnie R. Calanno of the PSHS, the quiz bee will test the contestants’ verbal aptitude, scientific ability, quantitative ability and abstract reasoning.
The top three teams that garnered the highest scores will be declared winners and will be awarded with cash, medals and certificates, accordingly.
Meanwhile, other significant activities for the NSTW celebration will also include a five-day techno exhibit which will showcase technologies that could help ease people’s daily life.
A booth to take orders for DOST-assisted products through OneStore such as processed food, furniture, gifts and home décor, agriculture and aquaculture products, among others will also be installed. DOST’s OneStore which uses an e-commerce web application that operates nationwide is aimed at assisting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) market their products both locally and internationally.
Further, a Science and Technology Forum will also be conducted which will cater to the different local government units in the region to heighten their awareness on disaster risk reduction and management, especially because Ilocos region is oftentimes visited by typhoons and some areas are prone to floods.
The weeklong National Science and Technology Week celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 169 signed in 1993 declaring the third week of July as the NSTW to highlight the significant contributions of S&T to the national development. (JNPD/MPA/PIA1 La Union)