University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 17 November 2017 10:07

UPRHS stages annual science-math exhibit

The UP Rural High School (UPRHS) held its annual Science-Math Fair and Exhibits with the theme “ALL ACCESS: Making science work for the people” on Nov. 14-17. The event aimed to unleash and recognize high school students’ potentials and special gifts in mathematics and science by showcasing their respective skills in the said fields. 

At the Opening Program, Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, delivered a message on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., referring to the event as a tradition that UP and UPRHS take pride in. The Chancellor’s message recognized the event’s importance in making science and math more accessible, interactive, understandable, and engaging to more students. It also hoped that the activity will inspire and motivate students to consider, explore, and pursue higher studies in science and math.

Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, commended UPRHS for continuously elevating the standards of the exhibit and for tackling global and relevant issues such as climate change.

Guest speaker Dr. Tonette P. Laude, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Science, gave a short lecture on plant breeding and corn production and their use in addressing health and food security in the country. She also discussed how the corn variety IPB Quality Protein Maize Var. 6 (IPB Var. 6) is now being promoted as a healthy dietary option to the public and shared stories of its nutritional benefits to the audience.

UPRHS Principal Liza C. Carascal, who gave the welcome remarks, recognized that the three speakers and UPLB officials are all UPRHS alumni.

Students from almost 20 private and public schools in Laguna, as well as from the Philippine Science High School, attended the fair and exhibits. The fair featured a math and science exhibit as well as food and game booths.

Spearheaded by the UPRHS AlGeoTriCS Club and Delta Theta Epsilon Science Society, the Science-Math Fair also featured a quiz contest, research project activities exhibits, an outreach activity, and the lighting ceremony of the UPRHS’s Christmas tree. (Kristine Araguas)