Left to Right: Ben Matthew Aguirre - Bronze Medal, Carlo Boletic - Participation, Jian Christian Francisco - Honorable Mention, and Dominic Villegas - Silver Medal
3 Young Bicolano Science Wiz gave pride to our Region as they joined the Philippine Team for VANDA International Science Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last July 26- 30, 2019. These three Bicolanos bagged 1 silver medal (team round), 1 bronze medal (individual round) and an Honorable Mention (individual round).
The Philippine team dominated the Vanda International Science Competition as they were hailed in the first over-all rank of the individual round with 17 gold, 14 silver, 19 bronze medals and 17 honorable mentions, while placing third over-all in the International Junior Math Olympiad (IJMO) with 15 gold, 15 silver, 12 bronze medals and 5 honorable mentions.
In addition, the Pinoys hauled 9 gold, 9 silver and 19 bronze medals in the group competition of the former to secure them in the second over-all spot among other delegations from 20 countries like Vietnam, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Maldives, USA and the host country.
Vanda is an International Science Competition held annually around the globe. It focuses on the student’s ability to think critically and creatively to pick out hidden information to aid them in solving the question.
Vanda is for students from Grade 3 to Grade 10. It follows closely with the Singapore School Science Syllabus and tests students’ based on their level of content that they have learned. This allows participants to do better compared to pure-Olympiad papers since they are familiar with some of the questions.
With realistic and high standards, Vanda’s contests aim to expose more students to Science Competitions and invoke their love for science. It will help them improve in school sciences as well as higher-order thinking skills (HOTS).