Dumaguete City, December 1 – Participants got a view of what STEM, the scientific social survey and solar power energy can do and achieve through a virtual symposium organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

The event dubbed as “ScienTeach: A Virtual Symposium for the Youth of Dumaguete City” was the 4th ScienTeach online symposium. It was made possible through the coordination of NAST with the Department of Science and Technology Region VII (DOST VII), Department of Education Region VII (DepED VII), DOST Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Center and DepEd Division of Dumaguete City.

Close to 600 online participants attended the said activity. Attendees included students from Ramon Teves Pastor Memorial Dumaguete Science High School, Dumaguete City National High School, Piapi High School, Junob National High School, Taclobo National High School, Camanjac National High School and Hermegilda F. Gloria Memorial High School.

Students from the private schools also attended the virtual symposium. These included junior and senior high school students from St. Paul University Dumaguete, Silliman University, Holy Cross High School, Saint Louis School-Don Bosco of Dumaguete, Catherina Cittadini School and Colegio de Santa Catalina de Alejandria.

Also in attendance are senior high school students from Asian College – Dumaguete, Metro Dumaguete College and STI College.

No less than Academician Christopher Monterola, Academician Mahar Mangahas and National Scientist Raul Fabella were the resource persons.

“ScienTeach is a series of episodes that will showcase varying topics featuring the NAST members and awardees who are accomplished in their specific fields though online platforms. It aims to promote science and technology, bring our scientists closer to the youth and inspire and encourage the students to pursue a career in science”, said NAST President and Academician Rhodora V. Azanza during her welcome speech.

Engr. Jesus F. Zamora, Jr., OIC-Regional Director of DOST VII, introduced the programs, activities and projects of the agency. He shared how DOST is helping communities through the Community Empowerment Thru Science and Technology (CEST). He also shared how the agency is helping the micro, small and medium enterprises become more productive and competitive through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). He then encouraged the students to pursue S&T courses and avail of the scholarship programs of the agency.

Academician Christopher Monterola shared his thoughts on why students should pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now. He said that industry 4.0 is heavily STEM, digital transformation is fuelled by STEM professionals, data scientists are now paid higher than lawyers and STEM is the center of growth and innovation of business.

He also stressed the importance of data science to make data-driven projects with industry, government and organizations. Monterola said that data science can be used in electricity demand forecasting, retail merchandising analytics, developing credit-scoring system, and market opportunity expansion, among others.

Academician Monterola also shared that the 2nd fastest supercomputer in ASEAN is found in the Philippines. He said that its computing power is 300,000 times that of a typical iPhone or has 1.2 Petaflops computing power.

In another development, Academician Mahar Mangahas shared his expertise on social scientific surveys and how students can make a DIY scientific social survey. “A scientific social survey is a basic resource for social science inquiry”, defines Academician Managahas.

On the other hand, National Scientist Raul Fabella gave a presentation on solar PV technology and how it can contribute to a resilient and sustainable economy. At the end of his presentation, he encouraged the students and teachers to be a voice in their respective communities for switch towards renewables.

Giving his impression on the activity, Aaron Emmanuel Panglima of Holy Cross High School was thankful to the organizers and speakers for the impactful virtual activity. Panglima was specifically thankful to Acad. Mangahas for sharing some tips on how to successfully conduct surveys. On the other hand, Mark Angelo Cadungog of Piapi National High School said he was thankful to NAST PHL for conducting the virtual event which allowed the students to be aware more and understand more about science and technology and how important it is in our society.

An attached agency of the DOST, NAST serves as the country’s premier recognition and advisory body on science and technology (by: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, SRS II-DOST Negros Oriental)

Academician Monterola shared his thoughts on the 4 reasons why a student should take STEM strand now.

The fastest supercomputer in the Philippines and the 2nd fastest supercomputer in ASEAN as shared by Academician Monterola.

Academician Mangahas shared how to conduct DIY Scientific Social Survey.

National Scientist Fabella gave a short presentation on the importance of solar pv technology towards a more resilient and sustainable economy.

Engr. Jesus F. Zamora, Jr., OIC Regional Director of DOST VII, presented the programs, activities and projects of the agency during virtual symposium.