Philippine Science High School Bicol studes bag second place in invention tilt

The Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus (PSHS-BRC), Goa, Camarines Sur garnered the Second Prize (P25,000, medal and certificates) for Sibol Award (Outstanding Creative Research for High School) with Catherine Joy N. Abella and Francis Anthony M. Homillano (researchers) and Ms. Christine M. Obusan and Mr. Andrew S. Tenorio (advisers).

Philippine Science High School Bicol studes bag second place in invention tilt
Photo courtesy of Catherine Joy N. Abella
Their winning entry “Do-It-Yourself Low Cost Gel Electrophoresis Equipment” is a developed, affordable and easy-to-assemble alternative equipment consisting of a power supply and the peripheral parts that include electrophonic chamber and gel carrier and comb. This equipment yielded excellent electrophoresis results and deemed practical for use in laboratory institutions that do not have one or cannot afford high-cost equipment.

Electrophoresis is a technique used in laboratories in order to separate macromolecules based on size. The technique applies a negative charge so protein move towards a positive charge. This is used for both DNA and RNA analyses.

Three (3) of the four (4) regional champions in the 2015 Bicol Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (BRICE) represented the Bicol Region in the 2016 National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) held on 28-31 July 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. This year’s NICE theme was “Inventions and Innovations for One Nation.”

Other regional champion-qualifiers in 2016 NICE are:

Mr. Jimcel P. Pecaso of Partido State University (PSU), Goa, Camarines Sur won the BRICE Outstanding Utility Model for his entry “Ignition System Trainer/Apparatus”. Its design demonstrates the standard functions of an engine ignition on a four and six-cylinder engine composed of a pair of D.C. Motor, a foldable holder and a control panel provided with ammometer and a tachometer to monitor the system current and revolutions per minute, respectively.

For the Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award), the regional champions are Mr. Ronaldo C. Reyes and Mesdames Editha S. Bonaobra and Aurea S. Biron of Tabaco National High School (TNHS), Tabaco City, Albay. They presented “The Potential of Eddoe (Colocasia Esculenta vas Antiquorum) as a Source of Biofuel” and its assessment proved a significant difference in the duration of burning time compared to kerosene and gasoline and did not contribute to air pollution as revealed by its physical properties, quality of flame produced and fuel value.

Pursuant to Article II, Republic Act No. 7459 “Investors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines”, NICE is conducted by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and held every other year alternating with the regional invention contests and exhibits. The regional winners vie for awards during NICE. (by Dr. P. O. Lucena, DOST V).