National On-the-Spot Children’s Chemistry Poster Making Competition

The Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies (PFCS), with its mission to be an effective agent for the appreciation and popularization of chemistry and its vision to be a cohesive and proactive organization for the promotion, advancement and application of science and technology that is responsive to the needs of society organizes the National Children’s On-The-Spot Chemistry Poster Making Competition. In partnership with different universities nationwide, the activity is conducted with the hope of achieving the following:

  • To contribute to a greater public interest and appreciation of chemistry, particularly among the youth.
  • To recognize elementary pupils with inherent artistic talents.
  • To offer a venue for social and intellectual interaction among elementary pupils

The event has two main activities:

Talk on Special Topics in Chemistry

An invited speaker from the host school will deliver a talk about an interesting Chemistry topic related to the theme. This will be done before the participants engage in the actual poster contest. The talk will expose our pupils to the chemistry world and enlighten their minds on the relevance of chemistry in our daily lives. This will hopefully get the students to be more interested in Chemistry and motivate them to do more reading about the topic presented. It is also hoped that this interest will be sustained and inspire them to pursue science-related courses. 

On-The-Spot Chemistry Poster Making Competition

The On-The-Spot Children’s Chemistry Poster Making Competition will be conducted after the talk. This will serve as a venue for our pupils to show their talents and creativity with science/chemistry in mind. The theme for the contest will already be disseminated when the invitation is sent to the different elementary schools. This is done with the hope that in the process of preparing for the contest, the pupils will devote a substantial amount of time in reading and researching about the topic.

The competition is held annually during the Chemistry Week (2nd/3rd week of February) at the different host universities nationwide.

10th National On-the-Spot Children’s Chemistry Poster Making Competition

The 10th National On-the-Spot Children’s Chemistry Poster Making Competition will be held on 22 February 2020* with the theme “Biodiversity and Chemodiversity for Sustainability.”

The competition is organized by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies in cooperation with the following universities: Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, Bicol University, Central Luzon State University, Central Philippine University, De La Salle University, Mindanao State University–IIT, Silliman University, University of the Philippines – Diliman, University of the Philippines – Los Baños, University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas, and Xavier University.

*Actual date will be set by the host university.

Mechanics

Eligibility. This contest is open to all interested Grades 4-7 pupils from both public and private schools nationwide.

Theme. All posters should relate to the theme “Biodiversity and Chemodiversity for Sustainability.” The contestants are encouraged to read on this topic prior to the contest.

Pre-registration.  Each contestant must pre-register by sending to the Secretariat the attached registration form on or before 7 February 2020 through fax or email. The registration form should be endorsed by the school’s Principal. Two contestants per school will be accommodated.

Acceptance. Only fifty (50) contestants will be accepted to participate in the contest. Acceptance will be made on a first-come first-served basis. The accepted contestants will be informed on or before 14 February 2020. Each contestant will be required to present valid school identification (ID) card on the day of the competition. In the event that there are still slots available after the deadline, the host may accommodate additional contestants from registered schools.

Format. Only the Materials provided by the organizers may be used by the participants. The poster should be done on a 10” x 15” illustration board using craypas. Drawing and writing materials for the contest (including illustration board, bond paper, craypas, pencil, eraser, markers, cotton) shall be provided by the organizers at the contest venue. The artworks must remain anonymous. All entries will be pre-numbered. No signatures, names, or other identifying marks should appear at either side of the material of the entry.

Time limit. All artworks must be done only on the spot, and must be completed within the allotted time of two hours.

Violations. Entries that violate any of the contest rules may be disqualified outright. Any administrative or technical problems that may arise during the contest and judging process shall be resolved by the organizers/judges whose decision shall be final and unappealable.

Ownership of Entries. All entries in the competition will be properties of the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies.

Criteria for Judging. Entries will be judged according to creativity (40%), originality (30%) and relevance to the theme (30%). The Board of Judges will be chosen by the organizers from the host school. At the national level, the Board of Judges will be composed of noted artists and representatives from the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies. The decision of the Board of Judges shall be final and unappealable.

Awards

Local. Three winning entries from each host school shall be chosen and shall be awarded PHP 2000.00 each. They will qualify as finalists for the national award.

National. Three winning entries will be chosen from the pool of finalists and shall be awarded the following prizes:

First PrizePHP 7000.00
Second PrizePHP 5000.00
Third PrizePHP 3000.00

The first prize winner and his/her teacher will also receive free overnight accommodation and round trip airfare tickets (if applicable) to the 35th Philippine Chemistry Congress.

The local winners will be announced and awarded the prizes on the day of the competition. The national winners will be announced by the second week of March and the prizes will be awarded during the 35th Philippine Chemistry Congress, which will be held on 27-29 May 2020 at the SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City. The winning posters will also be exhibited during the Congress.