By: Teresa Pamela G. Soriano
Pisay SMC scholars proudly received their awards during the SEAMEO Science Olympiad at Penang, Malaysia.
A team of Filipino scholars from Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus emerged as the overall champion in the 1st SEAMEO Science Olympiad in Penang, Malaysia last March 5-8, 2019, bagging a total of 4 trophies, 4 medals and a science ambassador award.
The Southeast Asian Minister of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM) organized the said Science Olympiad which was participated by six (6) countries in Asia namely Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines.
The team composed of Linus T. Catubigan, James Charles Z. Uy, Bob Owen B. Villarin and Kyle Nathan G. Naranjo who top-scored four (4) STEM challenges with varying difficulty levels. Level 1 was an individual written assessment. Level 2 and 4 were group tasks that involve problem solving and Level 3 was an oral discussion of a Science topic. They bested 30 delegates as the team got the highest scores in the three (3) levels. Moreover, Kyle Nathan Naranjo was awarded as the Science Ambassador after getting the highest score in Level 1 written assessment.
“It was a good exposure for our scholars to be able to compete internationally with other students in the field of Science and Mathematics. We were able to measure the quality of education that we have here in the Philippines and by looking at the result, we can be at par with other countries. It was a great win for Pisay SMC and our country as well.”, said Engr. Ace Lonzaga, the team’s coach.
The 2nd SEAMEO Science Olympiad will take place on March 2021 since it is their commitment to nurture and enhance the quality of science, mathematics and technology education in SEAMEO member countries.