Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Pisay Cebu studes to represent PH in int?l water rocket tilt

Two fourth-year students from Philippine Science High School ? Central Visayas will carry the country?s flag in the 20th Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum Water Rocket Competition to be held to Hanoi, Vietnam this November.

PSHS Central Visayas? Mary Dorothy Dinampo (left most) and Weand Ybanez (second to left) with their coach Jovanie Bajenting (right most). Also in photo are Dr. Reinabelle Reyes, Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, and SEI deputy director Ma. Teresa De Guzman

Beating 17 other schools in the National Water-boosted Rocket Competition held at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan, PSHS-Cebu campus students Mary Dorothy Dinampo and Weand Ybanez landed their rocket 2.4 meters away from the target placed 70 meters away from them.

Coached by Jovanie Bajenting, the three won P10,000 cash prize and the honor of being the Philippine representative to the APRSAF-WRC.

Taking up runner-up honors are Catmon High School whose rocket landed 9.7 meters and Rizal Science National High School whose rocket landed 11.7 meters.

Science Education Institute (SEI) officer-in-charge Elizabeth Fontanilla said the competition is an annual activity conducted to inspire students to be space scientists in the future.

?It is a good feeling to make water rockets out of soda bottles and other light materials and then seeing them fly afar. We believe that this ?good feeling? can ultimately serve as a motivation for our kids to make bigger things through science and technology in the future,? said Fontanilla.

A student launches his water-boosted rocket as he aim for the target during the annual National Water-boosted Rocket Competition held at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan

The contest was part of the 2013 World Space Week (WSW) celebrations organized by the Department of Science and Technology through SEI under its Philippine Space Science Education Program (PSSEP).

From October 4 to 10 of each year, the WSW is commemorated to provide a venue for students and educators to learn more about space science and its benefits to humankind as declared by the UN General Assembly in 1999.

Another highlight of the event is the On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest, which involved 14 elementary students from public schools in Metro Manila. It was done under the theme “Space and me”.

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