Sharing the Scientific Mind

In order to promote the significance of science learning, the Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus (PSHS-WVC) scholars, most especially the members of Sipnayan, Kapnayan, Lipnayan, Agbuhay, Para sa Bayan (SiKLAB), conducted this year’s Pagbahin, at Cabatuan Central Elementary School, last February 16 to 17.

More than 500 students from the different schools of Iloilo participated in the two-day activity composed of science learning centers, robotics stations, research exhibits, and a skywatching activity.

According to Jenn Sampiano, the Prime Minister of SiKLAB, the organization wanted to create an enjoyable event that packages science as something tangible and fun, something that is more than just facts and theories which is the usual perception of pupils.

Student and teacher-participants of the science event pose for a picture
Image credit: Pagbahin organizers

“This was the first time our organization held an event outside of the campus. It was challenging, but once we saw the children having a fun time and that in one way or another we piqued their curiosity and enlightened them with our knowledge, we know we did our job well,” Sampiano added.

Safety Science, the event’s main theme, influenced the learning stations to revolve around different clusters including fire hazards, storms, wind and water, the Earth, sanitation and health, the human body, transport safety, and lights and sounds. Each learning station also had a learning competency in the DepEd curriculum.

Moreover, PSHS-WVC also collaborated with Pavia National High School, requesting them to exhibit their Robotics projects and borrowing a telescope to be used in the skywatching activity.

During the event proper, young children were able to experience interactive experiments, including the usage of Van de Graaff and plasma ball to feel what it is like to be electrically charged. They also enjoyed playing with magic sand and witnessing the effects of UV rays, while learning the solutions applicable to the scientific problem presented.

At night, a skywatching activity was hosted by Keziah Penides and the Stellar Club core members under the supervision of Dr. Aris Larroder, where the pupils were able to view the Moon and identify the location of the stars. They were able to see Venus and Jupiter the following morning.

The Van de Graaff machine
Image credit: Pagbahin organizers

“The event only shows how disciplined Pisay’s scholars are, and gives students a parcel of what we do here in school, rather than just the stereotype of it,” Dr. Larroder explained.

A Pagbahin promotional poster for its skywatching activity.
Image credit: Pagbahin organizers

“I am so proud and thankful to everyone who was a part of Pagbahin 2019. Majority of the facilitators for the event were PSHS-WVC students themselves. It was nice to see us, Pisay scholars, not being in our usual classroom environment and sharing our love for science towards the younger generation,” Sampiano ended.

Pagbahin, meaning “to share”, is a way of scholars to serve the nation as future scientists. It is known as the, “Science for the People.” It was first held at Janiuay, Iloilo, last February 2018, and then conducted at Puerto Princesa, Palawan City, last year, in the month of July.

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