Urdaneta City studes top reg'l Nuclear Science Quiz

PANGASINAN, Nov. 22 (PIA) -- Students of the Urdaneta City National High School here topped the recently- concluded Philippine Nuclear Science Quiz-Elimination Round for Region I held in La Union province.

The team of Pauline Joy Roa and Sharmaine Elaydo of UCNHS with coach Marites Estepa bested 15 other competing schools to claim the top spot. Coming in second was the tandem of Dan Carlo Macayan and Wilhelmsen Palmes, coached by Flordeliza Viloria of Christ the King College (high school department), in San Fernando City.

Both winning teams will represent Region I in the forthcoming Quarter Final Round to be held at the Science Discovery Center, SM Mall of Asia on December 13. Winners in the quarter final round will advance to the semi-final then to the final round, also on the said date.

Felipe Andrada, engineer and provincial director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Pangasinan told the Philippine Information Agency that it is the first time the Nuclear Science Quiz was conducted by the DOST- Philippine Nuclear Research Institute in the regions.

There used to be quizzes on Math, Science and Physics but it’s the first time to have a quiz on Nuclear Science, he added.

“It aims to impart knowledge among the youth about nuclear science and inculcate in them that there is this particular branch of science,” said Andrada adding that nuclear science deals with radioactive materials which may have beneficial and harmful effects.

DOST Regional Director Elsa Chan, in a letter said, the competition is in line with the celebration of the 40th Atomic Energy Week with the theme, “Nuclear Science Technology and Innovation: Engine for Growth and Development.”

Chan said the activities aim to develop the interest of the youth in nuclear science and enhance awareness and understanding on nuclear science and technology and its beneficial applications. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1, Pangasinan)