Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scientia 2017-2018

The Trainers' Guild will conduct the annual on-campus science competition Scientia. This competition is to be done by grade level and will end with a grand battle among the winners of each grade level.

Through this competition joined by the Junior High School, it aims to let the students experience joining science competitions, to promote science among the students and to bring out the potential of students in the field of science.

For this CAS experience, I along with other trainers will plan the questions for the competition and at the same time facilitate the event.

The date for our year-level Scientia is as follows:
April 10 - Grade 10
April 11 - Grade 9
April 13 - Grade 8
April 14 - Grade 7
April 17 - Trainees (This is where I'm supposed to participate too, but due to prior commitments, I have no choice but to skip this)
April 18 - Grand battle (Where all of the winners from each year level will battle against each other)

TROUBLESHOOT. I am fixing a technical problem in Scientia. This is because the final round will use Google docs and one of the Google docs on the computer is not working. 

Scenes at the Scientia 2017-2018


GROUPIE. Winners of the Scientia 2017-2018, together with the Science trainees poses for a photo. 

SCORING. Aside from creating questions, my main task for this competition is to tabulate the scores 

***For my IB CAS Requirements

     During one of my Science competitions in UP, Mr. Russel Odi (the teacher supervising the Trainer's Guild) introduced the idea of creating Scientia jokingly. I was with my fellow Science trainees Lance Chua and Curt Bernardo at the time, and we thought, why not? Looking back, I never thought that a simple joke from our teacher can turn this competition into a reality because we are approaching the finals already, and we still have 0 plans at that time. 

     My main assignment in this competition is to produce, and at the same time, verify questions in the four branches of science namely, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. 

      Probably you will think that since I have more or less background in representing the school in different competitions in science, I will not learn any new information already when I will create the questions, but I honestly did. I learn and re-learn a lot of information in Science thanks to this competition. Honestly, I have to constantly re-think and re-ask myself all throughout the duration of planning this event whether or not what I am putting in the competition is accurate or not (knowledgeable, thinker, inquirer, and  LO1). I, together with science trainees, have organized this event even though we are close to our finals already. In addition, this competition is a product of 2 weeks worth of cramming, and we achieved this feat by working collaboratively (balanced, communicator, LO2, and LO3). I honestly didn't encounter any problems in initiating this event. The only struggle that I have to face with is my constant sleepiness and laziness. Every dismissal, I have to stay in school because I just really want to go home to sleep. However, in this CAS project, I hate to stay every dismissal and what's worse is that I have to stay for more than a week. However, I  persevered and I was able to attend a lot of sessions (LO4 and LO5). I know that all of the questions that we are inputting is a product of our own's thoughts (principled). 

     Overall, I am very happy that we are able to push through with this event. Even though we crammed this event for only 2 weeks, but still, we are very happy because we are able to contribute to the entire school our knowledge and passion for science. Most importantly, we are able to spark the interest of my our fellow school-mates in Science and that is what matters. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Practical Astronomy Workshop

     The Judenite’s Astronomical Organization (JAO), which is the first and the official astronomical community in the Saint Jude Catholic School has a primary aim of promoting the education, understanding, awareness, and interest involving astronomy to the Filipino community, by providing various hands-on activities, designed to pique the curiosity among its members regarding astronomy. Due to our desire to promote astronomy more to the Filipino community, the JAO will be organizing an event entitled, “Practical Astronomy Workshop,” which will happen on April 4, 2018, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the IB room 8. Aside from this, this event will serve as the training ground for JAO to participate in the Astronomer's Without Border's International Asteroid Search Collaboration the following year.

     This event will consist of three lectures. The first lecture will be about the basics of using the software Astrometrica as a means for astronomers to discover planets and asteroids. The second lecture is about determining the time of the day using the shadow of the sun. the last lecture will be about the basics of setting up an equatorial mount telescope.

     This event is open to all of the members of the high school community of Saint Jude. In addition, there is no registration fee needed in order to participate in this event.

     I am honored to become the speaker for the event. 

     There were more than 10 participants who registered for our event with Mr. Russel Odi, my astronomy mentor at Saint Jude as the facilitating teacher for the event. 

SURPRISE YOU MADE A DISCOVERY! Pictures during the first part of the event series where I am teaching the participants how to use the software Astrometrica on how to discover an asteroid. 

IT'S 5 O'CLOCK. Pictures during the second part of the event series where I am teaching the participants how to determine the estimated time using the four fingers.

OMG I SAW SOMETHING. Pictures during the third part of the event series where I am teaching the participants how to assemble a telescope with equatorial mounting. 

(For my IB CAS requirements; this includes the evidence and the reflection of the CAS experience)

     Last March 2018, I looked back at the original documents where I first proposed the Judenite's Astronomical Organization to the entire school community. Suddenly, the list of activities caught my attention because I realized that there are still three remaining activities that I proposed at the start of the school year that we haven't done. This really alarmed me because, considering the fact that I am not even sure that there will still be a Judenite's Astronomical Organization the following year, I have to ensure that JAO will complete all of the activities that I proposed before the start of the school year, so that I can leave the organization that I have started peacefully.

     Because of this, I decided to launch this activity in order for me to fulfill all of the activities that I have proposed at the start of the school year. 

     We named the workshop practical astronomy workshop because these things can be applied to our everyday lives. 

     Even though in order for me to prepare this event, I have to spend my personal time to prepare that everything is in place, I am still very happy about this. I feel like even though I lost a countless number of sleep hours, it is worth it because I was able to share my knowledge and personal experience in SGAC's IASC to my members. 

     At the end of this activity, I was able to achieve LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, and LO5. In addition, I was able to exhibit the traits of knowledgeable, balance, inquirer, communicator, and thinker. I know that observational astronomy is not my forte because I have short memory loss, but this activity allowed me to appreciate observational astronomy more (LO1, knowledgeable). In order for me to ensure that all of the things and information that I am disseminating to my members, I have to spend a lot of time studying and reviewing about how to assemble a telescope, how to operate Astrometrica again, and how to estimate time using the sun. Mind you this is not easy. Other people have their parents and teachers who are always there for them if they need help, but I don't. I have to learn everything on my own (LO2, LO4). I planned this CAS creativity experience together with my members at JAO, even though we have a lot of academics that we are also busy with (communicator, balanced, LO3, and LO5). 

     Overall, I am very happy that I pushed through with this event even though I have many uncertainties before. When I am sharing my knowledge in Astrometrica to the participants, I got into thinking and inquiring about things in Astronomy such as what are the other functions in the software and how far can our telescope manage to see. This activity is definitely the start of me delving also into the field of observational astronomy. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2018 Philippine Telescope Hour

     The Philippine Telescope Hour is an annual collaborative public engagement program that encourages cooperation and unity. For at least one hour members of the astronomy community are invited to set up their telescopes in their respective locations to give people a chance to appreciate the night sky. The Philippine Telescope Hour is held at the start of the year in promotion of the National Astronomy Week which happens every third week of February. 

     The Judenite's Astronomical Organization (an organization that I founded), together with the Manila Street Astronomers, and the Bedan Society of Young Astronomers celebrated the 2018 Philippine Telescope Hour on February 2, 2018, from 8 pm to 9 pm, in front of Centro Escolar University and San Beda University in Mendiola Street. 

     There were more than 100 participants who attended this event, and they were able to view the moon, the star Sirius, and many other more astronomical objects through a telescope. 

     In line with this, I on behalf of the Judenite's Astronomical Organization would like to express my gratitude to everyone who participated in our event. That night has been a memorable night for me.


My mentor Mr. Norman Marigza teaching me how to use a telescope

Together with my internal vice-president Janina Uygongco and external vice-president Geanine Balolong

Some preparations are done before the event

Participants for our event

Other free telescope viewings for the 2018 Philippine Telescope Hour, hosted by other astronomical organizations here in the Philippines

Certificate of appreciation from the Manila Street Astronomers to the Judenite's Astronomical Organization 

***For my IB CAS requirements:

     As compared to the other astronomy-related activities that I had planned and initiated, I can confidently say that this activity is the least stressful one. Even though this is the least stressful activity that I had organized, I also encountered a lot of problems, most especially the paperwork because our school is demanding for a lot of signatories which I have to accomplish for an event to push through. In addition, waivers have to be distributed to my members because they are all minors. However, despite these challenges, my dedication and hard work allowed me to ignore all of these hardships and push through with this event (LO2, LO3, and LO4).

     I cannot really say that I am good in astronomy because this is subjective. However, I can confidently say that I love astronomy because I just know. However, I know that I am not good with manipulating telescopes. Yes, I know how to assemble basic parts of a telescope, but this doesn't automatically equate that I can just produce stunning images of our universe using a telescope. All of the things that I know are just basic. Because of this, this activity helped me to boost my knowledge in handling a telescope because I served as an usher/Marshall in this event for the telescope (LO1, and knowledgeable). I planned this event together with the Manila Street Astronomers and Bedan Society of Young Astronomers. Even though we all had different identities, but due to our friendships we are always doing collaborations (communicator, and LO5). Even though technically, this is my last CAS project in line, this doesn't mean that I don't have to work on my other things such as EE and IAs. Needless to say, I planned this event while I am under tons of academic pressure (balanced). 

     I am very happy up to this day that I am given this opportunity to organize this event. I wouldn't deny that organizing events can really take up my time for studying but still, it is when I'm organizing these events for the public that I am most alive.