PASIG CITY, February 28, 2020 – Successful Filipino women in the field of science are set to grace the opening day of the National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) 2020 on March 3, 2020.
The NSTF opening program will hold a Girl Power in Science forum, featuring WiTeCH founder Ms. Audrey Pe, Women Who Code Founding Director Michie Ang, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Systems Engineer Jo Santiago-Bond, Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) Executive Director Ria Lu, and International Labour Organization (ILO) Women in STEM national coordinator Linartes Viloria.
The Girl Power in Science forum, which aims to inspire learners, especially girls, to pursue career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will serve as the lead up for the week-long NSTF activities from March 3 to 6 at Novotel Manila Araneta City, Cubao, Quezon City.
With the theme: Advancing Communities Through Science, Technology and Innovation, the DepEd’s national research competition will feature also the following activities:
- TUKLAS – a Science and Math Research Fair and Competition that provides opportunities for Junior and Senior High School students to present and showcase their research projects based on the issues and problems in their communities
- Innovation Expo – an innovation technology competition which aims to recognize the most creative and market viable project addressing major issues in agriculture, energy, water, health and environment
- Science Academy – a conference designed to give the participants opportunity for learning and development in various talks organized to promote innovation, creativity and excellence in Science and Research
- AGHAMBayaNiJuan – a public community exhibition of partners in Science, Technology, Research and Innovation to showcase the latest innovative products, technologies and services in various areas of the society
“We want to continue instilling critical thinking, problem solving, analytical thinking to our learners to prepare them for the 21st century challenges,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
Approximately 80 research projects made by Junior and Senior High School learners all over the country will compete in four categories that include Life Science, Physical Science, Robotics and Intelligent Machines, and Science Innovation Expo.