To pay tribute to Physicist Max Von Laue’s Centennial Celebration for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, Western Mindanao State University’s Physics Department, under the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) formally opened its annual Physics Fever—a three-day quiz show, seminar and lecture-demonstration, inviting high school students and their coaches from across Zamboanga City.
Set at the CSM Conference Hall on February 5, the Opening Program was graced by the Guest Speaker, Dr. Reynaldo M. Vequizo-head of the Material Science Laboratory of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. Dr. Vequizo was the former president of the National Physics Society of Mindanao and was part of the Technical Panel for Physics by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). In his speech, he shared a glimpse of the life and times of the Nobel Prize winner, Max Von Laue to honor his contribution to the world of Physics.
The Physics Quiz Show, the highlight of the three-day annual observation of the Physics Fever, was participated by high school students from the following schools to wit: Capisan National High School, Sibuco National High School, Recodo National High School, Claret School of Zamboanga, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, Zamboanga City High School Main, Regional Science High School, Zion Evangelical School, Arturo Eustaquio Memorial Science High School, WMSU Integrated Laboratory High School, Zamboanga National High School-West, Talisayan National High School, Culianan National High School, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School, Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat National High School, Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Zamboanga Chong Hua High School.
Apart from the quiz show, activities for the Physics Fever include the Plenary Session by Dr. Vequizo, Diffraction Demo by Eliezer E. Estrecho, Mind Mapping by Candice Evangelista, Flipping Physics Classroom by John Andrew C. Albay and Resonance Tube Apparatus by Joseph Q. Rellon—all set on Thursday, February 6.
On Friday, February 7, the lectures and activities will be the Reflectivity of Blue range distributed Bragg reflection by Ameera A. Jose, Hydrophobicity of Taro, Lemongrass and Coconut Leaves by Jefferson Y. Salazar, Water Resistance Demonstration by Marvin A. Maulion; and a presentation of research papers entitled Chemistry Achievement of WMSU Engineering and Computer Science student: Early Detection Models by Renante E. Autida and Fabrication of Spectometer: Spectral Analysis of Firefly and Flowers in Z.C. by Samuel Daligdig and Mark Kenneth L. Toledo.
Meanwhile, Dr. Roberto B. Torres-Vice President for Research, Development and Extension represented the WMSU President-Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho for the Inspirational Message. Dr. Torres motivated the participants of the quiz show, stating how one quiz bee can bring them to greater heights in the future and how these students’ knowledge can bring a better tomorrow to the University, the environment, and the country. The Vice President even quoted the action star Bruce Lee, saying “Knowing is not enough, we must apply it. Willing is not enough, we must do it.” (AJ Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)