by RONALYN BANAKEN
The UB participants with University president Johann Ben Bautista (left) and Julius Simon, project adviser (right)
Dominating the competition, four senior students of the University of Baguio Science High School (UBSHS) were recognized during the annual National Children’s Science Congress of the Science Club Advisers Association of the Philippines at the La Vista Resort Complex in Pansol, Calamba, Laguna on Feb. 1 – 3.
Veronikka Anne I. Lee, Donrey T. Totanes and Cheska L. Valencerina topped the team division of the Physical Science (Cluster II) category with their “Solar-Powered Disaster Alarm Device for Earthquakes and Earthquake-Induced Landslides” – an apparatus that detects strong geographical movement, sending a signal to a programmed computer which then recognizes the occurrence of an earthquake.
Meanwhile, Oliver C. Tabin Jr. placed fourth in the individual division with his investigatory project, “Automated Mayday Alert System.” A device that could be installed in cars, the automated mayday alert system works like an anti-break-in apparatus – one of its features is a button which sounds an alarm if pushed. The alarm would then trigger the device to send a text message indicating its location to the list of contacts saved in the system.
The winners were awarded with medals, certificates and cash prizes. AGHAM party list sponsored the congress.
First-place winners during the respective regional science festivals in each region across the country participated in the event.
Julius Simon was the project adviser.
UBSHS also ruled the 11th National Science Quest held at the Teachers’ Camp, Baguio City on Feb. 10 – 12.
Justin Marcus C. Andrada, Osman P. Digermo and Aldwin Carl O. Guzman’s “Ultrasonic Sight” won the Physical Science (Cluster II) team category.
The ultrasonic sight, which also placed second during the Regional Science Festival held in October last year, works like a cane – only in the form of gloves – in that when worn can sense the presence of an obstacle 12 feet away, producing a beep. The closer the blockage, the faster the beep sounds.
Julius Simon served as the project adviser.
The UBSHS has earlier championed in two other national research competitions:
- “Automated Community-based Rain Gauge”
Aeron Cedric D. Soria, Vernon Roie T. Goze, Angelica Mae P. Gallego and Caleb T. Ferrer
First Place, Cluster II - Physical Science, Team Category
13th Philippine Intel National Science Fair, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City, February 15-17, 2010
Adviser: Julius Simon
- “Biomimetics: Ultrasound Guide for the Blind”
Chiqui Kate S. Orduña, Chyla P. Peñafiel, and Kenneth Adrianne T. Choy
First Place, National Invention Contest and Exhibits – Student Creative Research (Sibol Award), High School Category
Department of Science and Technology National Science and Technology Week
SMX Mall of Asia, Pasay City, July 9-14, 2012
Adviser: Ryan C. Saingan
Moreover, in 2012, Sae Na (Kate) Na landed third in the Physics Quiz category of the Association of Science Educators in the Philippines National Science Quest – the third time UBSHS has attained such feat. She was coached by Ryan C. Saingan. Ken Abraham Vinarao won as fifth placer in 2011 (Chemistry) with Erley Tangalin as his coach and Rovie Jerahmeel T. Doculan as fourth placer in 2010 – also in the Physics category – with Ryan C. Saingan as his coach.