Pinoy high school students get minor planets named after them for winning in 2018 ISEF
By Kristelle Bechayda
The achievements of three Filipino high school students will be forever remembered after minor planets were named after them for winning in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) program held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
On the official Facebook page of Department of Education (DepEd), it was shared that Eugene Rivera, Joscel Kent Manzanero, and Keith Russel Cadores of Camarines Sur National High School won the second place award in the ‘Energy: Physical’ category for their work in the design and development of Solar-Tracking Arduino-Rooted PV Panels.
“Each received a certificate identifying their very own minor planet and an orbital plot showing its current location,” the post said.
The team of three represented the Philippines in the said international fair after their success in the 2018 National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF).
The NSTF also posted on its Facebook page the confirmation letter and congratulatory note sent to Rivera from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory through the head of Space Systems & Technology Division and Principal Investigator of the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program, Grant H. Stokes, Ph.D.
“As program Principal Investigator of the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program (LINEAR), I am pleased that the technical accomplishments of Lincoln Laboratory can contribute to recognizing your achievement. MIT Lincoln Laboratory is proud to have this opportunity to encourage science education,” he wrote.
According to the Facebook post of DepEd, (MIT) has been naming asteroids discovered by their laboratory in honor of high school students who excel at science competitions since 2001.