Gusa Science High School stude tops 1st Discovery Kids Science Fair

Oct 15, 2014


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A student from the Gusa Regional Science High School in Region X has topped the 1st Discovery Kids Science Fair sponsored by Parasat HD held at SM Cagayan de Oro last October 4, 2014.


Grand Prize Winner Yuvi Luardo of Gusa National High School Region X


Yuvi Luardo won P5,000 cash, one (1) year free subscription to Parasat HD Premium and exclusive items from Discovery Kids TV Channel with her project Use of Talisay Seed and Malunggay Seed Extract as Absorbent in the Removal of Lead Ion in Aqueous Solution.”




A total of eight entries participated in the science fair: Ronnie M. Enriquez, Grade 9 at MOGCHS, Project:Collection of Rain for Watering the PlantsZuriel John P. Baugbog, 
Christian School for Life, Project: The Dangers of Cigarette Smoking & Second-hand Smoke to the Human Lungs;  Juan Paolo D. Tejero and Armando Raphael D. Tejero, Corpus Christi School, Project: Toy for All Boys;  KC Cespedes, Gusa Regional Science High School – X, Project: Solar power battery chargerRoselle Driz,  Gusa Regional Science High School – X, Project: Dried Gmelina (gmelina arborea) drupes as kindling ;John Benedict Lamorin,  Gusa Regional Science High School – X, Project: Saltwater-Powered Lamp or Flashlight; and  Lorenzo Dablo, Gusa Regional Science High School – X; Project: Flood Alarm System.


Souvenir pose of all participants with Judges Elpie Paras, Mike Du & Al Alamban


All eight finalists received exclusive items from Discovery Kids.


The panel of judges was composed of Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, president and CEO of UC-1 Corporation, the holding company of the Parasat Group of Companies; Region X Science and Technology Director Alfonso P. Alamban and Michelangelo Du, business development officer at CAPICOR.


Juan Paolo and Armando Raphael Tejero of Corpus Christi School with their project Toys for All Boys


“Some of the projects were not original but okay as a showcase for others,” Dir. Alamban noted. “We hope to partner with them, especially for our Regional Inventions Contest & Exhibits (RICE) next year so that we can cover all levels.”


The criteria for judging included Originality (40%), Presentation and Creativity (30%) and Social Relevance (30%). Plus points from 1-5 were also awarded for entries which met certain other criteria.


Ronnie M. Enriquez of MOGCHS with his project Collection of Rain for Watering the Plants


 “Discovery Kids Science Fair”, is the brainchild of siblings Rina Victorio and Geli Paras, daughters of Cagayan de Oro’s local version of Leonardo da Vinci, Engr. Elpidio Magbag Paras.


“We observed that young school children hardly get any real exposure to science projects while they are in grade school,” noted Rina, President and General Manager of Parasat Cable TV Inc. who has two children Tia, 8 and Lala, 2.  “So Geli and I thought of sponsoring this science fair for children aged 6-14 years.”  


Parasat CATV Pres & CEO Elpidio M. Paras


“Our educational system has forgotten the basics like rousing children’s interest in science and creative ability. In the United States, grade school students are asked to submit investigative projects and compete in school science fairs. At an early age, students are exposed to field trips to various museums and science venues,” Engr. Paras noted.  


“It’s a good thing that they included grade school and had a winner for the youngest inventor,” Dir. Alamban said. “That will inspire innovative thinking at an early age.”


Youngest participants with Judges Elpie Paras, Mike Du & Al Alamban


The competition encourages parents to have their kids regularly watch the Discovery Kids, Channel 56 on Parasat’s Silver subscription package.


Discover Kids (Asia) has programs such as “Did You Know?”“Science Trivia” and “Adventures for Kids”which encourages grade school children to have interactive experience with science and its related fields.


Discovery Kids is an Asian satellite and cable TV channel which provides children’s programs aimed at children aged four to 12 years and their parents. It focuses on programs that entertain and educate helping kids develop cognitive, social, emotional and personal skills. It is owned and operated by Discovery Networks Asia, a division of Discovery Communications. It is located at Channel 56 of Parasat’s Silver subscription package.


Selected Discovery Kids shows are also broadcast on Discovery Channel on weekends.



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