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MUST CELEBRATES WITH THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WEEK

By: Lanie Lei M. Madiam

“Show, not just tell.”

With the theme, “Science and Technology Responding to Global Challenges”, the catch of this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) was that the science communities “show” and “do not just tell” to the entire nation how science and technology enables the Philippines to meet worldly confrontations. It is in the likelihood of the axiom, “actions speak louder than words”. That this seminar was conducted to provide a bigger leap of encouragement for everybody’s participation, especially the youth. Unlike in previous celebrations where exhibitions mostly took place, this year’s NSTW was community-based in an effort to bring domestic science and technology closer to the people.

In line with the five-day festivity, July 20-24, the Marians United in Science and Technology (MUST), a merged organization of BS Biology, BSED Biological Science, and BSED Physical Science, conducted a seminar on July 25 at the Mini Theater (D-Building), Saint Mary’s University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

It was attended by 74 high school students belonging to 7 institutions and 20 Marian BSED and BS Biology students. On one hand, the seminar guided the students to formulate investigatory projects while on the other hand, it also briefed the high school students on some fields of science.

What prods the students’ scientific thirst for knowledge was quenched in a sharing of expertise by six SMU professors. A study on “mycorrhiza” and “ganoderma” under Mycology was presented by Mr. Robert Aceret and Mr. Daniel Ramel, a research grasped during the seminar in Cavite last summer. Ms. Joanne P. Bartolome delved on green chemistry, which is a chemical philosophy encouraging the design of products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. The world of lichens, the composite organisms consisting of a symbiotic association of a fungus with a photosynthetic partner, was further explored by the students together with Mrs. Arlene Tabaquero. Mr. Jason Maslang probed into the unseen realm of Microbiology. Mrs. Clarissa Cabauatan, with the participants gasping, revealed snippets of what is within the bounds of Molecular Biology. Finally, the main highlight, the Lecture on Methods of Investigatory Project, was laid by Mr. Maslang.

Not only a seminar was conducted, but a reveling tour of the various prepared species was viewed by the students through the provided microscopes.

It was another experience for anyone present as one student-participant has shared, “We learned a lot and I have already an idea on what investigatory project I will make.”

The entire program was headed by Dr. Fitzgearld L. Fabelico, director of Institute of Natural Sciences.
 
An Overview of NSTP Celebration Over the Years

The Department of Science and Technology has organized and held Science and Technology week celebrations since the 1950s. The event was instituted in 1982 through Presidential Proclamation 2214, which was amended through Republic Act 169 in 1993 to set the National Science and Technology Week every third week of July. Over the past five decades, NSTW’s events and fairs highlighted the vital role of science, technology, and innovation in improving the people’s quality of life, protecting the environment, and contributing to national development. NSTW aims to raise public understanding and appreciation of science and technology.
 


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