National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) for School Year 2015-2016

The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE), announces the conduct of the National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) for School Year (SY) 2015-2016 from February 8 to 12, 2016 at a venue to be announced later. The conduct of the schools, schools division and regional Science and Technology Fairs (STFs) shall be held y level on the following dates:

LevelDateVenues
SchoolNovember 2015To be determined/announced by the schools, schools divisions and regions.
DivisionNovember 2015To be determined/announced by the schools, schools divisions and regions.
RegionalDecember 2015To be determined/announced by the schools, schools divisions and regions.

2. The STFs aim to promote Science and Technology consciousness among the youth and identify the most creative/innovative and the best Science researchers who will represent the country in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and other international competitions. The schools are encouraged to promote Science investigatory projects that are related to environmental protection and conservation.

3. The official participants from each region to the NSTF to be conducted by BSE, shall only be the Rank 1 Regional Winners in each of the different categories, whose entries have been approved by the national level Scientific Review Committee (SRC). If all projects are approved by the national level SRC, there shall be a maximum number o 14 official delegates per region. Substitutes shall not be allowed. Below is the number of participants for each category:

Description of Official Participants per RegionMaximum Number of Participants
Life Science Category4
Physical Science Category4
Robotics Category4
Adult-in-Charge1
Regional Supervisor1
Total14

4. The travel expenses of participants in the national level STF shall be charged to local funds or other sources; whereas, the expenses of the BSE staff, board and lodging of official participants, materials, transportation/communication relative to these activities, prizes/cash awards, and honoraria of members of the SRCs, Board of Judges (BOJ), and external or non-DepEd resource persons shall be charged to the BSE Funds, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

However, observers from DepEd field office who like to be included as a part of the official party must be endorsed by the respective regional offices. Their traveling expenses and registration fees shall be charged to their local funds subject to the usual accounting auditing rules and regulations or other sources of funds.

Enclosed are the following documents for ready reference:

Enclosure No. 1 – Guidelines on the National STF 2015-2016;
Enclosure No. 2 – Schematic Diagram on the Flow of STF Activities;
Enclosure No. 3 – 2015-2016 Calendar of Important STF Activities and Requirements;
Enclosure No. 4 – Format of Research Paper;
Enclosure No. 5 – Format of the Data and Report;
Enclosure No. 6 – Checkpoints for SRC Review;
Enclosure No. 7 – SRC Review and Recommendation Report; and
Enclosure No. 8 – BOJ Project Evaluation Form.

Further, regional coordinators (RCs), division Science and Mathematics supervisors, school heads, and participants are expected to download soft copies of the International Rules for Pre-college Science: Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fair 2015-2016 and required forms from http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/rules and guidelines for their guidance.

The registration fee for each participants is as follows:

LevelParticipantRegistration Fee/Participant
Division- Students with entries
- Research adviser
- Supervisors in Science and Mathematics
P 2,500.00
Regional- Students with entries
- Research adviser
- Supervisors in Science and Mathematics
P 5,000.00
NationalNational
- Observers endorsed by the Region
- Innovation Expo and Pinoy Robot Games
P 7,000.00*
*four-day board and lodging + kit

The registration fee shall be charged to local funds, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations. This feel will cover prizes, board and lodging of the participants and their advisers, science and mathematics supervisors, and the materials needed for the conduct of the STF. The subsidy to cover the payment for honoraria of the members of the SRC and BOJ relative to the conduct of Regional STF shall be downloaded to the regions.

The RCs are requested to submit the reports using the format provided in Enclosure No. 5 to BSE through email address: nstfsecretariat@gmail.com on or before December 14, 2015. Failure to submit the report on time shall disqualify the region in the national fair.

All other activities relative to Science and Mathematics investigatory projects, including those of the private associations, shall be harmonized with the activities of the NSTF from February 8 to 12, 2016.

For more information, all concerned may contact Mr. Joseph R. Jacob, Education Program Specialist, Bureau of Secondary Education-Curriculum Development Division (BSE-CDD), Department of Education Central Office (DepEd CO), 3rd Floor, Bonifacio Building, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, at telephone nos.: (02) 632-7746; (02) 636-5172.

Download: DepEd Memorandum No. 117, s.2015 – National Science and Technology Fair

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