STUDENTS TODAY, SCIENTISTS TOMORROW – THE RCSHS SCI-MATH FAIR 2014
The RCSHS’ yearly Sci-Math Fair, having the theme “Students Today, Scientists Tomorrow”, opened on February 6, 2014 at exactly nine o’clock in the morning. The opening ceremony was witnessed by the guests Dr. Paz Diaz, Vice-President for Academics, Roosevelt College System, Ms. Lourdes Quiogue, RC Cainta Campus Directress, and Dean Lily de Guzman, Dean, Center for Teacher Education.
Science High students once again showcased their Science Magic projects (Grade 7), Rube Goldberg machines (Grade 8), Research proposals (Third Year), and Research projects (Fourth Year). The primary guests were joined by judges Ms. Caridad Gicaraya, Physics Unit, Philippine Science High School, Diliman, and Ms. Bella Queaño, former Biology teacher, Ateneo de Manila High School.
Students from Moriah School of Baptist Church were the first visitors at 10 am. Accompanied by their adviser, the students went from room to room scrutinizing the exhibits.
Simultaneously, students from the Roosevelt College Cainta High School also arrived. They did it by year level, the Seniors being the last.
In the afternoon, four faculty members of Infant Jesus Academy, Marikina also paid a visit as the second judge examined the preparations made by the presenters.
“I felt a bit nervous. I remembered the time when we joined in a competition in Laguna (ASEP). I believed that the experience of attending the competition before somewhat helped me not to be very nervous. I just did the best that I could do. I was thankful to the judges for pointing out the mistakes in our research project that would make it better than before. Actually, kinabahan ako sa lahat,” Anna Lee Valenzuela, a Fourth Year Student, said.
The next day, selected students of San Roque National High School came at about nine o’clock in the morning.
Three classes of grade 3 pupils from nearby Balanti Elementary School were jovially entertained by their Ate’s and Kuya’s as some ask about strange terms and scientific concepts used in different projects and proposals. Their enthusiasm and interest has also been very evident as they take down notes and things-to-remember.
Final judging of the Science Magic projects, Goldberg machines, and Research projects, as well as of the research proposals was conducted by Mr. Efren Paz, Chemistry teacher, Philippine Science High School, Diliman and RCSHS’s principal, Prof. Luzita Alcid.
Closing at four o’clock in the afternoon of February 7, the whole event was concluded as a successful one by the judges, parents, and visitors who spent their time witnessing the Science High students present and make use not only of their scientific prowess but also of their skills in communicating their ideas and insights.
List of Sci-Math Fair 2014 Winners:
Science Magic (Grade 7)
1st place – Jerome M. Javier, Get the Point
2nd place – John Kenneth Y. Asuncion, Paper Bridge is NOT Falling Down
3rd place – James Ariel Pedroza, Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Rube Goldberg Machine (Grade 8)
1st place – Alliah Krizzle L. Garcia and Kin Rowen Dulay, Journey to School
2nd place – Franz Eivoj Tannagan, Fiery Heist
3rd place – Richelle Macy Magabilin and Arjan M. Trinidad, Journey to the Forbidden Cove
1st place – Patricia Anne Y. Asuncion, “The Use of Phosphoric Clay as a Natural Flocculant Algaecide in Controlling Harmful Algal Blooms”
1st place – Andrei Armani A. Adame, Water hyacinth (eichhornia crassipes): Substrate for Plant Microbial Cells
2nd place – Jon Gabriel P. Villanueva,
3rd place – Ram Oliver B. Mauro,
1st place – Romeo Paolo D. Esquillo, Veronica B. Escalona, and Patricia Marie G. Tengco
“Harnessing Electricity from Chicken Manure Using Microbial Fuel Cell”
2nd place – Anna Lee Q. Valenzuela and Kim Daleen C. Diamante
“Absorption of Hexavalent Chromium in Water Using Fish Bones of Milkfish”
3rd place – Abner John H. Hinanay, Christian Joshua A. Lacerna, and Andrew C. Lazaro
“Absorption of Copper Ions in an Aqueous Solution Using Snake Plant with Activated Carbon”