Visiting students during the 2014 PSHS-FPLA National Science Fair
(Photo courtesy of The Luminary — the official newsletter of the 2014 NSF)

Held yearly since 2011, the PSHS-FPLA Science Fair is an event that convenes delegates comprising of selected PSHS scholars from each PSHS campus nationwide, and students from other schools.  This fair is the fruition of the collaborative efforts of the PSHS System and the First Pacific Leadership Academy or FPLA (formerly known as Meralco Management Leadership Development Center).  A PSHS System Working Committee, constituted by a number of faculty and administrative personnel of PSHS System, work hand in hand with FPLA Team to make this fair possible.

This year (2014), in view of the 50th Anniversary of PSHS, the PSHS-FPLA National Science Fair (NSF) was hosted by the Main Campus (the first PSHS Campus which was established in 1964) and carried the theme: “Build a Culture of Science”.  This fair was held in FPLA in Antipolo City, then in PSHS Main Campus in Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City.

A total of 147 student delegates registered for this fair.  Thirty-one (31) of which were students from the following schools: Pasig City Science High School, Malayan High School of Science, Manila Science High School, Caloocan City Science High School, Las Piñas City Science High School, Makati Science High School, and De La Salle University Integrated School.

February 9, 2014 (Day 1)

A Team Building Activity was organized by the FPLA Team to foster team work and camaraderie among delegates.  This was followed by the Student Summit, which served as a venue for delegates to share their research experiences with each other, to create collages and posted it on the Experience Wall (placed at a conspicuous place in FPLA), and to review each other’s researches.  Both activities were held in FPLA.

February 10, 2014 (Day 2)

Formally opened on this day, the Opening Program was held at FPLA and was graced by Professor Fortunato T. Dela Peña, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Science & Technology (S&T) Services, Mr. Roy Agustin K. Evalle, FPLA Executive Director, Dr. Josette T. Biyo, PSHS System Executive Director, and a group of S&T experts.

S&T professionals also shared their expertise and experiences to the delegates.  Invited speakers were: Mr. Cris Concepcion, SAMSUNG Philippine’s Director for Content and Services, Dr. Bartosz Wojszczyk, Chief Innovation Officer of Meralco, Dr. Reinabelle Reyes, Astrophysicist / research scientist, Dr. Noel Saguil, Marine Biodiversity Researcher, and Dr. David Campbell, expert in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curriculum from the National Science Foundation of the United States of America.

The Science Congress grouped the delegates into clusters based on the classification of their research project.  The delegates presented their research to a panel of experts and fellow delegates who later on critiqued the projects by asking questions, and giving feedback and suggestions for its improvement.

February 11, 2014 (Day 3)

During the Community Fair, held at the newly-renovated PSHS Main Campus Multi-purpose Gymnasium, the research projects of the delegates were exhibited to a larger audience.  The delegates discussed their research projects to visitors who were students from other schools.

Consequently, the first Digital Classroom in the Philippines was launched in PSHS Main Campus by the SAMSUNG Corporation Philippines.

For more information on the 2014 NSF, e-copy of issues of The Luminary may be downloaded by clicking the link below:

February 9, 2014 issue
February 10, 2014 issue
February 11, 2014 issue