Pinoy kid won in Intel int'l science fair

Subscribe Now June 19, 2013 at 06:25pm

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday commended a high school student from Davao del Norte who won fourth place in the Grand Awards category of this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel-ISEF).

Out of the five entries from the Philippines, only Judel Jay Tabsing of Panabo National High School emerged as the 4th Grand Award winner in the Plant Sciences Category. He was one of the 1,600 young scientists around the world chosen to compete in the Intel-ISEF, an event that recognizes the best and brightest young innovators around the globe in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Tabsing’s winning entry is entitled “Impatiens balsamina Leaf Extract as Potential Fungicide Against Fusariumoxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 Causing Fusarium Wilt of Banana” which aims to develop an organic-based fungicide against Fusarium wilt, the most virulent type of fungus that attacks banana plants.

The 2013 Intel-ISEF was held in Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona U.S.A. from May 12 to May 17.

The DepEd, through the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) organizes the Science and Technology Fair annually, which showcases various Science Investigatory projects. The projects go through school level to national competitions before competing internationally.

To produce a new generation of science-oriented learners like Tabsing, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that the DepEd also continues to improve the teaching of sciences in basic education.

“A strong foundation in the sciences in basic education can be a building block to a sound economy in the future,” Luistro said. “If we can create an environment that nurtures young scientists, we can expect to develop generations of Filipino scientists who will draw the blueprint for a prosperous future,” he added.


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