Three students from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Science High School System (DOST-PSHS) landed in the top spot in two major categories in the recently concluded Mahidol Wittayanusorn School (MWITS) Science Fair held at Nakhon Pathom Province in Thailand from January 27-30, 2015.
Students Joseph Adrian Dela Cruz, Marnoel Cruz, and Justine Ryan Silvestre were awarded the Best Overseas Project and Best in Oral Presentation for their research entitled “Oxygen Plasma Surface Modification of Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Acetate-Chitosan Nanocomposite Fiber: Its Effect on Hydrophilicity and Anti-Bacterial Property Against E. coli and S. aureus.”
The project – which looked into plastic materials which are not on biodegradable, but also heat resistant – bested over 120 entries from across the globe.
Held yearly, the MWITS Science Fair aims to provide a platform for Thai students to demonstrate their scientific research skills, as well as communicate ideas and experiences with other students and researchers.
This is the second year that schools from other countries have been invited to join the fair.