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[ [ In the Service of the FILIPINO YOUTH

The Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government,

and non-sectarian organization. It is the only national federation of youth science clubs in the Philippines. Its thrust is to promote the Public Understanding of Science, Technology and Environment (PUSTE).

Target Audience PSYSC’s target audience is composed of Elementary, High School and, due to requests, college Science Clubs in either public or private schools in the Philippines.


ABOUT PSYSC Mission

· To initiate programs, projects and activities that shall complement and supplement formal science education; · To popularize science clubbing as an effective means of promoting scientific consciousness and scientific culture among the youth; · To organize, maintain, monitor, and initiate the network of youth science clubs; · To promote the application and understanding of science, technology, and the environment (ST&E) among the youth through the conduct of relevant projects and activities, and; · To call for the involvement of all sectors in ST&E programs projects, and advocacy.

Organizational Structure Local Science Clubs are the life blood of the organization. They are composed of the Elementary and high School Science Clubs of either public or private schools.

National Assembly

It is the highest policy making body. It is composed of representatives from the national and regional councils.

Board of Trustees

Decision making body of the organization. They give directives to the National Executive Council

National Exacutive Council

A group of college volunteers, elected by the National Assembly, and is the implementing body of organization.

National Executive Council Assistance Team and Staff College volunteers who assist the NEC in executing programs and projects for its affiliate members.

Regional Councils

A group of High School students elected during a regional assembly. They are supported by their own team and a council of moderators.

Division Councils

Divisions Councils are High School students elected during a division assembly.

Local Science Clubs

They are composed of the Elementary and high School Science Clubs of either public or private schools.


Upholding

Science Clubbing Advocacies Vision · We envision a Philippine Society where Science, Technology, and Environment (ST&E) is a culture, a mindset, an orientation, an outlook, and a way of life, where; · Learning ST&E is easy, fun, simple, and comprehensible; · There is a free exchange of ST&E concepts and ideas by, and among ST&E enthusiasts; · ST&E is applied for the improvement and development of the individual, the family, the community and the society, and; · There is a concerted action by all individuals and sectors for making this vision a reality.

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We partake in environmental protection through a region-wide program Collaborative Undertaking to Revive the Environment (CURE). We promote leadership through Project Excellence and Leadership Training Seminar (LTS). Science Promotion is done through the Concerted Action Towards Active Leadership of the Youth in Science and Technology (CATALYST); the Philippine Youth Science Congress, a career talk for elementary and high school students; and the Beginners’ Appreciation of Science Clubbing (BASIC), an event that introduces science clubbing to unaffiliated schools. To highlight our activities, we hold a 4 day national science camp: Children’s Science Interactive Workshop (CSIW) for elementary affiliates and National Youth Science, Technology and Environment Summer Camp (NYSTESC) for high school affiliates. We advocate science education through our PSYSC Journal, E-Catalyst and online educational supplements for teachers.


Science Clubbing Promotions through Partnerships PSYSC has continuous support from different agencies and organizations. Since its foundation, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its agencies, never failed to assist the organization. We have linkages with local institutions such as the Outstanding Young Scientists, Inc., Department of Energy, PHIVOLCS and PAGASA. We have established international partnerships with UNESCO, UN ISDR, Kyoto University and with different science clubs abroad like Helsinki Science Club, Pakistan Science Club and HMS Science Club. We also receive support from private individuals, entities and NGOs with similar advocacies.


MAJOR ACTIVITIES OFFERED

National Youth Science, Technology and Environment Summer Camp (NYSTESC) NYSTESC is a 4 day event in April for high school students from public and private schools. It features lectures, workshops, team-building activities, contests, an educational trip and a pledge to the science clubbing movement. There are also parallel activities for teachers. Leadership Training Seminar (LTS) LTS is crafted to enhance the skills of the Regional Council officers and their advisers on implementing activities that are educational and enjoyable and making scientific awareness fun and interactive.

Children’s Science Interactive Workshop (CSIW) The Children’s Science Interactive Workshop or CSIW is a science camp for elementary pupils. Like NYSTESC, it is packed with fun and educational science activities. It is usually held during the 3rd or 4th week of October, in line with the semestral break of schools.


top 20 schools are chosen to enter the finals. The National Finals is held in NCR during the 3rd Saturday of September. It is composed of practical and theoretical tests.

National Science Club Month (NSCM) Mandated by Presidential Proclamation 264, the National Science Club Month is celebrated every September. It is a month long celebration with science related activities namely: PSYSC Science Olympiad The PSYSC Science Olympiad or PSO is a nationwide science quiz show designed to evaluate the competitiveness of students across the Philippines. A nationwide elimination is done during the first Saturday of September. Only the

done during MATHSCIAKA.

Collaborative Undertaking to Revive the Environment (CURE) CURE (Collaborative Undertaking to Revive the Environment) is a project of the Regional Councils. It is conducted in the National Science Club Summit SUMMIT is 2 day 1 night activity for high RCs region. Local environmental problems school students held in different sites are addressed through activities like tree across the Philippines during the first planting, coastal clean-up, environmental weekend of September. SUMMIT features forum and environmental run. a lecture, workshops, team-building activities, presentation of science clubs, Philippine Youth Science Congress Regional Council Elections and the elected Its goal is to entice high school students to take up science courses. Scientists RCs planning for the region. and engineers are invited to give a talk to students about the different MATH–SCI–A–KA MATHSCIAKA stands for Mathematics, opportunities available in these fields. Science at Kapaligiran. It is a Luzon-wide competition wherein one whole day is I Teach Science Seminar (ITSS) allotted for workshops and experiments. I Teach Science Seminar or ITSS is an It is open for both high school and enrichment seminar on how teachers elementary students from public and can make science teaching fun and private schools. Another event in the interactive. The activity is free of charge competition is the Engineering Science for affiliated science clubs. This is PSYSC’s Challenge. Schools are given engineering way of thanking the teachers for their projects which they make at home or in service to the youth and as well as to the school. The testing of these projects are organization.


OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED

Beginner’s Appreciation of Science Clubbing (BASIC) As a means of publicizing the organization and of allowing schools to get acquainted with what the organization does, PSYSC conducts the BASIC or Beginner’s Appreciation of Science Clubbing. It is a one day activity of fun workshops and scientific experiments.

SEArch for the most outstanding science club (Search) The SEARCH for the Most Outstanding Science Club was made in order to recognize our elementary and high school affiliates that truly make conscientious effort in not only upholding excellence not only in the academe but also serving the community as a whole. it presents a great opportunity for the Filipino youth of making a socially relevant solution to address the most pressing problems of today.


PSYSC’s ACTIVITY CALENDAR ACTIVITY

DESCRIPTION

TARGET AUDIENCE

DATE

PSYSC Affiliation Campaign

Sending of Affiliation Invites, Registration and Renewal of Membership

Elementary and High School Science Clubs in Public and Private Schools Nationwide

Whole Year Round

National Science Club Month – PSO Elimination

Nationwide Elimination in Selected Regions

Elementary and High School Affiliates

First Saturday of September

National Science Club Month SUMMIT

2 day Science Camp in Selected High School Affiliates Regions

First Weekend of September

National Science Club Month – MATHSCIAKA

Luzon-wide, one day of science Elementary and High School workshops and experiments Affiliates in Luzon

Second or Third Saturday of September

National Science Club Month – PSO Finals

National Finals of PSO

Top 20 High School and Elementary of the PSO Elimination

3rd Saturday or 4th Saturday of September

Children Science Interactive Workshop (CSIW)

Science Camp for Elementary

Elementary Science Clubs in Public and Private Schools Nationwide

3rd or 4th week of October

National Youth Science, Technology Science Camp for High School and Environment Summer Camp

High School Science Clubs in Public and Private Schools Nationwide

1st or 2nd week of April


PSYSC medium term Having existed for 43years, PSYSC continues to supplement formal science education by providing materials and activities where students and teachers could make learning enjoyable and experiential. However, it is much of a reality that science is being pushed out of relevance by other dominating fields that have higher economical value. In line with this, PSYSC continues to pursue its thrust of promoting the Public Understanding of Science, Technology and the Environment (PUSTE) not only to the youth but also to the Philippine Society.

a. Widening of PSYSC Affiliation Coverage As of the moment, PSYSC has an affiliation of more than 77,000 science club members across the Philippines. However, there are still regions that PSYSC has still not covered. PSYSC aims to reach out to all the regions and establish science clubs in schools where science clubbing is still foreign. In order to do this the Affiliation Committee of the organization will carry out the following strategies:

b. Sustained Implementation of PSYSC trademark Activities

PSYSC pursues the implementation of its trademark. This is in line with providing the youth different avenues where they can exercise and experience science while developing camaraderie among fellow science clubbers. Not to mention, PSYSC activities does not only aim its participants to be open minded about opportunities in science, but also it aims to develop good leadership skills 1. Coordinate with agencies such as among the youth. However, there are DepEd, DOST, and different school key factors that play important roles in associations to help spread the the conduct of this activity, like finances information about PSYSC. and manpower. In order to sustain the 2. Use non-traditional media to publicize operations of the organization it must and reach out to Schools 1. Find alternative source of funding and 3. Make Affiliation more accessible by lower expenses providing avenues where people can 2. Seek out possible partners that could adopt-a-science club help in the advocacy of the organization 4. Improve the Affiliation Benefits 3. Hold continuous recruitment of college 5. Improve Science Clubbing Networking volunteer members to become part of the National Executive Council Assistance across regions Team 4. Have support from DepEd in encouraging schools to participate in PSYSC activities, particularly by recognizing PSYSC activities as part of extra-curricular activities by which students gain points


Development goals c. Community-Based Science Clubbing Application

d. Establishment of the International Society of Science Clubs

e. Establishment of a Stable Regional Correspondences

The knowledge gained by the participants from the organization’s activities remains to be abstract and thus lacks application. For the relevance of science clubbing, PSYSC encourages and provides an avenue for science clubbers to use the knowledge they have gained to innovate and implement projects that would help their own communities.

Steps have been made to communicate with Science Clubs across the world, and there have also been positive feedback from these foreign institutions. It is then one of the organization’s goals to continue spearheading the formation of this international partnership. It is envisioned that this partnership would help facilitate the sharing of knowledge across countries and cultures giving a much wider avenue for improvement in the field of science, technology and the environment. The structure of this international network is still under process.

As of the moment, the implementation of regional and division activities have been hard for the organization. Since monitoring is still done by the National Executive Council, PSYSC seeks to establish regional and, if possible, division correspondences not only to oversee activities and events but also to disseminate information faster and more convenient to our affiliates.


PSYSC HISTORY In March 5, 1971, a group of science fair winners established the National Science Club of the Philippines. It was originally a friendship group of science fair winners from all over the country under the auspices of the Science Foundation of the Philippines (SFP). However, seeing the need for an organization with a wider scope, the organization was renamed as Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, Inc. and thus, with its new name PSYSC was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1974. A Constitution and ByLaws was ratified and a broader objective - the promotion of science consciousness among the youth through the coordination of science club activities - was adapted. The science club movement flourished

under the SFP. Together with the Science Club Advisers Association of the Philippines (SCAAP) and the Philippine Association of Science and Math Supervisors (PASMS), PSYSC conducted science fairs, symposia, quizzes, and other activities geared towards the promotion of public understanding of science, technology and the environment (PUSTE). In 1979, these efforts were given due recognition when President Ferdinand Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 1895 declaring September of every year as National Science Club Month (NSCM). With the reorganization of bureaucracy in 1988, the SFP (renamed Science Promotions Institute) was abolished. With this, the PSYSC, SCAAP and PASMS were left on their own. Youth science promotions programs met their

untimely death and along with them, the SFPattached organizations themselves. PSYSC stood firm, however. Its officers rallied behind the organization’s cause and continued to pursue the thrusts of the organization. In 1990, it conducted the National Youth Science and Technology Summer Camp on its own for the first time. In 1996, the 1st National Children’s Science Interactive Workshop (CSIW) was conducted. To meet the demands of changing times, the organization amended its constitution during the 1998 National Centennial Youth Science Leaders’ Congress in Baguio City. PSYSC has grown tremendously. Its programs and projects are now more comprehensive in scope. Its affiliation has increased substantially, reaching more than 300,000 in the fiscal year 1999-2000, and attendance in its activities continues to grow. Truly, PSYSC has come a long way, and would continue to reach greater heights.

Logo At the core is a man whose arms and feet are open wide, thus, the Science Club members amidst the advent of knowledge and who offers oneself in the service to the community and nation. Enclosing the man is a circle representing the Science Club Movement, its dynamism amidst the changes, and the continuity of its ideals. On the outermost parts are the orbits of the electron around an atom, the basic constituents of matter, unifying the universe, humanity and society, and the Science Club Movement, all committed in one pursuit- Public Understanding of Science, Technology and Environment.

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