Out to continue making science exciting among students, the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) rides on the game show platform in engaging students and scientists in a fun test of scientific skills. 

“Smarter Kids, Smarter Scientists: The Ultimate Clash of Science Smarts” will be DOST-SEI’s offering for the youth in partnership with the Manila Ocean Park and in cooperation with Sharp Calculators and Felta Multi-media as the Philippines celebrates the 2013 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) starting July 23, 2013. 

The program seeks to excite, inspire and challenge students to be smart scientists thru a series of games that shall bring out the attributes of being Skillful, Meticulous, Alert, Rational, Tenacious, Enthusiastic, and Resourceful within them. 

Elementary and high school students are set to compete separately on July 24 and 25, respectively, at the Manila Ocean Park as part of the festivities in this year’s NSTW. 

Participating teams will undergo unique tasks such as Popsi puzzle, Egg Drop, Defying Gravity, 4 pics, 1 scientist, and others to test their skills, knowledge and creativity and bring out the smart scientists in them. Ten teams composed of five members each from the invited schools will clash in seven challenges for the elimination round. The top five teams will advance in the final round and will be joined by five guest scientist-players. The team who garners the most number of points after the seven-game finals will be declared as the champion. 

SEI Director Dr. Filma Brawner said the program hopes to maintain the Institute’s effective way of inspiring students to take on studies and careers in science and technology in the same manner it does with its innovative advocacy programs like Science Explorer, Tagisang Robotics Competition, and Science Camp. 

“This activity is very much in line with DOST’s vision of producing quality scientists and engineers who will lead us towards building a Smarter Philippines,” said Brawner. “Through exciting our students in the world of science, we are trying to spark their interest in the field and hopefully this interest leads them to joining us in the science community.” 

Brawner explained that SEI adopted the game show format to effectively engage the students in actual test of scientific skills and knowledge while maintaining a fun atmosphere that is conducive to learning. 

“We decided to divert from the usual lecture and presentation-type of activities and wanted to make science more appealing to students. With the game show format, I am positive that we will be able to portray science as an enjoyable field that they can choose to take on for the rest of their lives,” she furthered. 

The activity will be wrapped-up by an S&T Career Forum for ongoing DOST-SEI Scholars who are in their first year of undergraduate studies on July 26 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Renowned scholar-graduates in the fields of climate change, engineering and biotechnology shall serve as speakers in the said forum. 

“With the career talk, we hope to inspire our freshmen scholars to emulate the values that made our featured scholar-graduates successful today,” Brawner disclosed. (30)