Sharp Announces the Search for the Ten Most Outstanding Young Mathematicians (TOYM) for NCR

 

In every school, there are students sharp with numbers.

Sharp wants to find and motivate them through the creation of the Ten Most Outstanding Young Mathematicians (TOYM) for the National Capital Region (NCR). Winners get plaque of excellence, cash prizes, and gifts from Sharp Calculators and sponsors.

According to the World Economic Forum WEF Global Competitiveness Report for 2013-2014, the Philippines ranks 96th (previously 115th) out of 142 countries in perceived quality of Math and Science education. Despite this, the country still lags far behind Indonesia (35th), Japan (34th), Malaysia (27th), Taiwan (11th) Hongkong (10th). Singapore continues to be on top of the list.

Atom Araullo Hosts the Sharp OTYM event

Atom Araullo, TV personality, Philippine Science High School Graduate, and University of the Philippines Diliman BS Physics Graduate, hosts the event wherein Sharp announced the search for the best math students in the country.

Sharp has partnered with educational institutions to launch the very first search for the Ten Most Outstanding Young Mathematicians (TOYM) for the National Capital Region (NCR). These institutions include the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR), Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines (MTG), Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), and Philippine Council of Mathematics Educators, Inc. (MathTEd).

Julie Lim Vice Pres of Collins International Inc

Julie Lim, Vice Pres of Collins International Inc., walks the audience through Sharp’s history of forwarding appreciation of and development of math and science skills in the youth. Six years ago, Sharp Calculators through Collins International Trading Corporation launched the SHARP Minds Program to help uplift the standard of education in the Philippines particularly in teaching Math subjects.

 

How does it work?

The search is open to all public and private high school students in the National Capital Region who have completed at least two years of high school. They must be Filipino citizens, either naturalized or born. The nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal and the award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance on national and international competitions.

A recommendation from School principal / Mathematics head with supporting documents will be the basis of judging. For students who are chosen to the top 20, each involvement on activities included in the recommendation of the principal/math head or other recognized authority will be reviewed and assessed by judges/co-presenters. The said recommendations will be the basis of the judges’ questions for the panel interview.

Lucero Ong AVP Collins, Ruby Cristobal Div Chief Science and Technology Manpower Educ Research and Promotion-DOST  and Julie Lim Vice President Collins Internationl Inc (distributor of Sharp Calculators) 2

Left to right: Lucero Ong AVP Collins, Ruby Cristobal Div Chief Science and Technology Manpower Educ Research and Promotion-DOST  and Julie Lim Vice President Collins Internationl Inc (distributor of Sharp Calculators) 2

The Deliberation/ Final interview of finalist will be conducted by representatives from Department of Education NCR, DOST-SEI, MTG Philippines, MSP, MathTed

The TOYM awardees will be the first batch of Sharp Calculators’ Youth Ambassadors that will inspire and encourage the Filipino youth to strive and achieve academic excellence through school tours and mathematics symposiums. They will be receiving plaque of excellence, cash prizes and gifts from Sharp Calculators and sponsors.

The deadline for nominations will be on January 5, 2015, with the awarding ceremonies scheduled on February 2015.

Nomination kits are now available at selected National Book Store Branches in National Capital Region or can be downloaded through www.sharpminds.ph For more information please contact Sharp Calculators at 681-6161/646-2867 and look for Ms. Mary Rose Rocha or Ms. Clara Camille Ocampo.

Nomination Mechanics

1. Open to all public and private high school students in the National Capital Region who have completed at least two years of high school. They must be Filipino citizen either naturalized or born.

2. Nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal.

3. The award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance on national and international competition. These competitions must be recognized by the Department of Education or Department of Science and Technology.

4. Presentations or publications of original work in mathematics are desirable.

5. Students who contribute to the promotion of Mathematics and show leadership skills are desirable. Good moral character will be considered

Criteria for Judging

CRITERIA PERCENT
Performance in Mathematics Competition 75%
Research and Publications in Mathematics 10%
Leadership and Promotion of Mathematics 15%
TOTAL 100%

a. Performance in Mathematics Competitions 75%

Nominee’s performance on international, national and regional mathematics competitions that are recognized by the Department of Education and Department of Science and Technology.

b. Research and Publications in Mathematics 10%.

c. Leadership and Involvement in Promotion of Mathematics

A recommendation from School principal / Mathematics head with supporting documents will be the basis of judging. For students who are chosen to the top 20, each involvement on activities included in the recommendation of the principal/math head or other recognized authority will be reviewed and assessed by judges/co-presenters. The said recommendations will be one of the bases of the judges’ questions for the panel interview.

Atom Sharp Execs

Screening Procedures

The screening procedure is summarized below.

School -> Pre-Screening Top 20 Students -> Final Screening -> Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians

All nominees will undergo a pre-screening process by pre-screening committee. On the basis of a nominee’s performance in mathematics competitions and their research and publications, 20 nominees will be selected for an interview by a panel of judges. Interview questions may be based on the nominee’s involvement in activities that promote mathematics, as indicated in (1) the recommendation from the school principal/mathematics head, (2) the nominee’s essay, and (3) other information submitted.

Recognized Filipino Mathematicians and Scientists - Click to View

Dr. Raymundo Favilais famous for advancing the knowledge and education of math throughout the Philippines contributing to many fields of mathematics including theoretical physics, geometry, algebra and trigonometry.

Casimiro del Rosario received the Presidential Award in 1965 in honor of his achievements in astronomy, meteorology and physics. He also researched soft X-rays, which helped bring him national acclaim.

Amador Murielfounded the Quantum Theory of Turbulence, contributed to theoretical physics, kinetic equations, stellar dynamics and self-gravitation.

The works of Tito A. Mijares have been internationally published in the Annals of Mathematical Statistics with his research into multivariety hypothesis and its analysis. He also serves as the executive director of the National Census and Statistics Office as well as deputy director-general of the National Economics Development Authority.

Jose A. Marasigan was among those who launched the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad and created the Program for Excellence in Mathematics. He has received a number of mathematical honors, including the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology.

 

Again:

The deadline for nominations will be on January 5, 2015, with the awarding ceremonies scheduled on February 2015.

Nomination kits are now available at selected National Book Store Branches in National Capital Region or can be downloaded through www.sharpminds.ph For more information please contact Sharp Calculators at 681-6161/646-2867 and look for Ms. Mary Rose Rocha or Ms. Clara Camille Ocampo.

Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.