In June 2011, I started my service in Cavite National High School and had the chance to handle research classes for fourth year students under the Science, Technology and Engineering Program of the school. For the past four years, we have produced innumerable science investigatory projects in the fields of biological, physical and applied sciences. Every year, one or more of my research entries for the Division Science Fair qualifies for the Regional and National competitions. Here are some of my treasured student-made research papers done under my supervision. This can be a good source of research investigations for future young scientists of our society.
SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012
Dulce Aizidora C. Francisco is my first research advisee who won in the Regional Science Fair and was qualified to join the National Science Quest and Research Fair 2012 in University of the Philippines Diliman. She meticulously studied the role of wheel sparks in the determination of metallic elements present in a material. Other promising papers this school year includes the following:
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. - Albert Einstein
SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014
With the changing condition of the environment, flooding due to excessive rains become a devastating event in some localities. This serve as an inspiration for the three student-researchers of the school to come up with a flood warning system that is easy to-do but comparable to commercial digital alarm systems which is way too expensive. Dennise Alfaro, Genette Solis and Kenneth Rowel Reyes won the Division and Regional competitions and was able to reach the defense round during the Research Fair held in the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Other works this school year includes the following:
Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.
SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013
Students during this year showed enormous willingness to join different research fairs for they believe that communicating the results of their science investigatory project is the heart of doing research. Works of John Christian Yap's on Biefeld-Brown effect, and France Mariano's team about the Thrombolytic properties of asteracious plants were some of the winning entries in the Division Level. They also had the chance to present their works in the Research Fair 2013 held at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. - Zora Neale Hurston
SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015
Showcased by the students this year are innovations in the field of biology. This includes an improvised microscope using laser lens and pieces of plexi glass that can magnify specimens and has the ability to be viewed in a cellphone or in a computer monitor. Another research focused in the lengthening of vase life of flowering plants using simple kitchen reagents. These researches won first place in the Division Science Fair and qualified to the Regional Science Fair.
For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.
Being an adult sponsor for a science investigatory project is not an easy task. Reagents are scarce, equipments are limited, budget is a constraint-- these are just some of the common problems that we encounter during the conduct of the investigations. Resourcefulness and creativeness of the student-researchers are being challenged. In the end of every research project, this tedious task of coaching student-researchers transforms into a milestone whenever I see my students learn from their mistakes, develop their communication skills, hone their creativity, and lastly when they provide impact to the lives of the people in the society.