By: Fatima M. Moncada
S&T Media Service, DOST-STII
The Philippine delegation, composed of Marla Abao, Mikhail Torio, and Justine Opulencia, together with their foreign teammates, topped the Science Challenge, a science-themed Amazing Race in the International Student Science Fair 2016.
Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Science High School (PSHS, also called “Pisay”) Main Campus student Marla Abao recently bagged the Best Oral Presentation award at the International Student Science Fair (ISSF) held at the National University of Singapore – High School of Math and Science in Singapore.
Abao won the prize for her research titled “An Android Application for Efficient Disaster Kit Procurement for Low-Level Floods.”
Albao, along with her schoolmates Mikhail Tori and Justine Opulencia, individually presented Pisay Tech Projects to an international audience.
Aside from the research presentation, said Pisay students also participated in other fun ISSF activities such as the Science Challenge, a science-themed Amazing Race. The three students, merged with another set of American students, likewise topped the competition.
The ISSF is an event hosted by members of the International Science Schools Network (ISSN) on a rotating basis. The PSHS Main Campus was invited to become an associate member, giving the country a chance to host the event in the future and to present the local science education scene to the international community.
The students also joined a holography and optics workshop where they created and took home their own mini holograms. A hologram is a three-dimensional image projected from lights coming out of a two-dimensional surface.
During the workshop, the students also tinkered with fiber optic technologies that were made by Nobel Prize winners.
On the other hand, a visit to two aerospace companies, Thales and Airbus, gave the said Pisay students an idea on how the industry works. They were shown Thales’ business processes and Airbus’ design conceptualization.
To cap off the event, the participants gathered in an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party. Indeed, the fair was able to highlight that science is not all about excellence; it can be a whole lot of fun too.
The ISSF convened teachers and students of science high schools from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and America to share their researches and celebrate science.
Marla Abao, a student from the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Main Campus, received the Best Oral Presentation award for her paper titled “An Android Application for Efficient Disaster Kit Procurement for Low-Level Floods” at the International Student Science Fair 2016 held in Singapore.