By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded young scientists and student-researchers who participated in the 2019 National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) on the importance of intellectual property.
The 2019 NSTF, which was held from February 18 to 22 at Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite, gathered 29 individual participants and 22 teams from private and public high schools in Regions I, II, III, IV-A (CALABARZON), IV-B (MIMAROPA), V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII (CARAGA), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR) will compete in the categories such as Life Science, Physical Science, and Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Overall, the 2019 NSTF unveiled a total of 66 researches and innovations by 126 student-researchers.
In her message, DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Josephine Maribojoc emphasized that “every creator, inventor, and writer is entitled to protection of the creations of his or her mind, original works, and intellectual property.”
“But every creator, inventor, and writer is also a learner whose access to intellectual property stimulates his or her mind to wander, discover, and create,” Maribojoc said. “That essential truth needs to find its way into striking a balance between protecting the interest of the intellectual property rights holders and the interest of the general public, and more particularly, the learners in our schools to access intellectual property,” she added.
Meanwhile, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director Andrew Michael Ong also discussed generating ideas from patent information in one of the plenary sessions while, Dr. Toni-Jan Keith Monserrat from the University of the Philippines Los Baños presented on coding in a Google classroom.
The NSTF is considered as DepEd’s “foremost program” that “inculcates critical thinking, creativity, and innovation among the youth.” During the Fair, DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Lorna Dig Dino also underscored that “any creation, any learning and innovation output should be a solution–a response to a community concern.”
“In innovation, anything that you do should always have a purpose,” Dino said. “So if you want to innovate a process, a system, or anything to create something new and original, it should always be for a reason,” she added.
The conduct of the NSTF is spearheaded by DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Development-Curriculum Standards Development Division (BCD-CSDD), in cooperation with the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF).
For the first time since its inception, the NSTF conducted a press briefing featuring its student-researchers. In the same press briefing, GBF Executive Director Grace Colet also asked the student-researchers about the key challenges they face in carrying out their research projects.
The GBF will support the travel and lodging expenses, allowances, and visa fees of the NSTF winners who shall comprise the Philippine delegation to the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on May 12 to 17. Other highlights of the 2019 NSTF include the opening of poster exhibits and the on-site evaluation of the research projects.