DepEd NSTF Sponsorship for Young Scientist Awards

The National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) is an annual event of the Department of Education (DepEd) where bright young minds gather to present their scientific research and discoveries amid the changing world. Aside from the award, GBF also grants scholarships to the winners to help them pursue a degree in Science, Technology, Mathematics or Engineering at their dream universities in the future.

DepEd NSTF Sponsorship for Young Scientist Awards

2020 GBF Young Scientist Awards

Hosted by Ms. Kara David, the program lauded the young scientists’ successful effort in solving real-life problems in their community through tech and innovation.

The 12 awardees were selected from a total of 161 student-researchers from 39 schools all over the Philippines, making NSTF the biggest gathering of the most talented and brilliant young minds who will lead the advancement of STEM in the country.

Six research projects were hailed as the best of the best:


Robotics and Intelligent Machines category

Franklin Razon of MIMAROPA Regional Science High School created an Oil Spill Waste Management Tool (OSWMT).

Caloocan National Science and Technology High School’s Chloe Heather Ellano, Adoniram Balagtas, and Thea Marie Lumabi aimed to reduce motorcycle theft and accidents by designing a helmet equipped with special sensors.


Life Science category

Juan R. Liwanag Memorial High School’s Arabelle Santos, Jesscel Mae Libiran, and Giuliana Anupol studied the regulation of alcohol intake using a crude extract of the Hydrocotyle verticillata leaf.

Iloilo National High School’s Ray Vincent Pelayo and Gerardo Rafael Tallador researched on the antioxidative properties of the lactic acid bacteria in the prevention of mutagenesis.


Physical Science category

Marian Ledesma of Negros Occidental Science High School developed an efficient way to reduce organic pollutants from open bodies of water.

Iloilo National High School’s Marvince John Araneta and Lorraine Joy Baes created a color-reading device incorporating N-doped Carbon Quantum Dots (NQCD) as nanosensors for heavy metal pollutants such as mercury and lead in water.

2019 GBF Young Scientist Awards

GBF honored 12 aspiring scientists with the first GBF Young Scientist Award.

The passionate young researchers were sent off as student delegates in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona. ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition where top scientific minds from all over the world gather to present their researches to international judges.

Six research projects represented the country in the international science fair:


Robotics and Intelligent Machines category

Maryjoise Karla Buan from Pangasinan National High School created a device that can detect illegal logging activities using Arduino.

Cagayan National High School’s Alpha Acain, Lester Sabadao, and Lia Denise Tan designed a prototype that can assist farmers in drying and storing their rice harvests.


Life Science category

Nathaniel Reyes from Quezon National High School developed a charcoal made of cornstalk that can treat algae infestation  in lakes and fish ponds.

Taguig Science High School’s John Eric Aggarao, Kathleen Chloie Antonio, and Anna Beatriz Suavengco studied the possible organic solution to brown eye spot disease attacking kapeng barako plants.


Physical Science category

Maria Isabel Layson from Iloilo National High School studied the antidiabetic properties of aratiles and how it can help produce dietary supplements.

Angeles City National High School’s Neil David Cayanan, Shaira Gozun, and E’van Relle Tongol made eco-friendly acoustic panels made from local fibers.

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