Poveda holds Math-Science Camp for HS students
By Marian Gail Beltran and Cherry Ann Orteza
Last November 6 and 7, 2014, the biennial Poveda Math-Sci
Camp held in Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center
in Tanay, Rizal, tested the abilities of 151 High School
students of Saint Pedro Poveda College.
The teachers of the Math and Science areas of the High
School Department collaborated in preparing this school
year's Math-Science Camp entitled 'Chosen. Challenged.
Transformed. Divergent'. Inspired by the novel-based
movie 'Divergent', the participants were dubbed as 'initiates'
and were divided into fifteen 'factions' with 10 to
11 members each. The factions competed to prove that
they were worthy of earning the title 'Divergent', a
label in the movie that pertained to a person who had
the potentials and abilities of the different factions,
by being exposed to a variety of activities that tested
not only their mathematical and scientific skills, but
also their physical capabilities and endurance.
The first day of the camp was divided into multiple
sessions named after the various events in the movie.
First was the 'initiation', where the participants were
briefed of the house rules and were separated into factions.
After lunch, it was followed by 'training', wherein
a series of land and water challenges mixed with math
or science concepts, like building a working boat from
a given set materials or manipulating giant tangram
pieces into a predetermined pattern, tested the different
teams. A film viewing of interesting math and science
documentaries was done before dinner. The last hours
of the first day were spent on bonding over grilled
hotdogs and marshmallows as factions presented their
own faction cheers.
The second day's main event started early in the morning.
Using teamwork, students had to finish a variety of
rope courses in the shortest time possible while answering
math and science questions at each station. Lunch and
free time followed as the facilitators tallied the points
earned by each team.
Last, but not the least, was the awarding ceremony
where all the participants were given certificates of
participation and tokens. The top three factions who
earned the highest number of points were also recognized.
The faction Beta-Abnegation comprised of Angela Rae
San Buenaventura, Athena Marie M. Pepito, Maria Cielo
Paz T. Cruz, Alyssandra Marie S. Lopez, Rafaela Beatriz
Mauricio, Anja-Teresa Sofia G. Abrogar, Alessandra Isabelle
S. Limjoco, Audrey Elizabeth P. Punsalang, Samantha
Annika Carlos, Dominic Imanuelle D. Menguito, and Maria
Angelika S. Domingo came in first place, followed by
factions Beta-Erudite and Beta-Candor.