Forty eight (48) high school students, including teachers from various schools in San Fabian, Pangasinan benefitted in a seminar-workshop dubbed as “Invent School Program” of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 1 and the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) recently.
The two-day seminar-workshop opened windows of opportunities for high school students in improving their creativity and thinking skills towards undertaking S&T investigatory projects, for possible entry to the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE).
The conduct of RICE is pursuant to Republic Act No. 7459 known as the “Inventors and Inventions Incentives Act of the Philippines.” It is designed to encourage Filipino inventors, researchers, and students to use their inventive capability by competing for cash rewards and recognitions both locally and internationally.
During the seminar-workshop, DOST 1 Regional Director Armando Q. Ganal was optimistic for the students’ participation in the RICE next year gearing towards the promotion and development of inventive capabilities.
“Winners will also represent the region in the National Invention Contest and Exhibits,” he added.
Engr. Roberto Versoza, Senior Research Specialist of DOST-TAPI presented and discussed the tools on how to develop creative thinking skills, improve one’s perceptive-analytic thinking ability and creative thinking skills. The students were engaged in games such as “Improving a Paper Clip”, “Building the Tallest Tower” and “Cabbage Game” which validated their learnings on the application of the tools.
Engr. Beth Garcia, SRS of DOST-TAPI encouraged the students to participate in the next RICE.