Philippine Team bagged the top plum, its fourth straight win, in the 4th Asean Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey (APTJSO) held in Tangerang, Indonesia.
The team composed of six students from Eastern Visayas and Caraga Region campuses of the Philippine Science High School demonstrated their skills in performing laboratory experiments in the category of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Innovation.
The group bested teams from 13 other countries including 10 ASEAN-member countries, plus Sweden, Taiwan, China, and Korea.
Their winnings include a gold medal and an Honorable Mention in Physics, a silver medal in Biology, a Bronze medal and an Honorable Mention in Chemistry, and a Bronze medal and an Honorable Mention in Innovation. The team also won one gold and one silver in the Project Presentation Category, and an Honorable Mention in Poster Presentation.
The Philippine team has been the champion for four straight years since the competition started in Brunei Darussalam in 2012. They maintained their feat in Korea in 2013 and again in Thailand last year.
State-of-the-art laboratory facilities were provided by Indonesia’s Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) through Geostech, which is located at PUSPIPTEK, a science complex that houses laboratories and other facilities related to technology assessment and application.
The students and teachers also toured the Baruna Jaya IV, a marine research and survey vessel of the BPPT. They also attended lectures on Indonesia’s marine biodiversity and briefings on projects aimed at protecting the marine environment.
In 2016, the Philippines will be hosting the 5th APTJSO as its share in nurturing gifted students in the sciences from the Asean region as well from other countries. The Asean Center for the Gifted in Science, based in the Republic of Korea, is the overall organizer of the contest in cooperation with Asean-member countries, China and Japan.