2nd Compass installment held at San Jose Academy

2nd Compass installment held at San Jose Academy

by Mary Joyce Tan

In its envision to have a larger, more competent and driven body of scientists and engineers in the Philippines, the team Check Mark’s the Spot (CMTS) visited San Jose Academy in Navotas City last October 2, 2017 for its second installment of Compass, a sub-event of CMTS that aims to promote science and technology to grade 9 to 10 students.’

UP KEM conducted Compass under CMTS to promote the STEM track to junior high school students.


The seminar was kicked off by Mr. Mark Steven Santiago, who is a current professor in the Institute of Chemistry. Mr. Santiago talked about the possible careers in the field of science and how the field of science has held the different sectors of the country. The second talk, which aimed to encourage the students in taking the path of engineering, was given by Mr. Benedict Requejo, who also talked about the different opportunities that the track offers to its graduates. The talk mainly focused on how engineering has made a great impact in the society and how each engineering course is applied to the different aspects of life.

Mr. Tolentino on the other hand talked about how life was as a STEM Student. He talked about the different struggles that one might experience while pursuing a course in science.

The seminar was concluded by Dr. Delia Laguyo who discussed the results of the assessment exam given during registration. Dr. Laguyo also talked about the different steps that students must undergo when choosing a senior high strand.

Compass 2017 first installment was held in New Era High School, Quezon City.


Handouts were also given during the registration to inform the students of the different paths that were not discussed in detail during the talk. The handouts also include tips in making career choices. With all these talks given and guide materials distributed, the junior high school students will surely have a better understanding of how they should choose the path to pursue for their senior high school, and eventually, for their college education.

Junior high school students eagerly listened to the inspirational talks of the guest speakers with the aim of enticing them to the STEM track.

The event team gathered together to celebrate the successful installment of Compass 2017.


Compass launches in New Era HS

Compass launches in New Era HS

by Jessica Ann Vilvestre

Selecting a course of study in higher education is one of the first major decisions students make. Questions like “What will I be? What will I do?” flood the mind. At this time, a young student may feel as if they are on a crossroads; surrounded by paths full of the unknown.

Junior high school students of San Jose Academy were encouraged to take the STEM track through the Compass event of CMTS.


It is with this that UP KEM holds Compass, a career series to promote the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) track to junior high school students. The event is a sub-project of the year-long Check Marks the Spot. This year’s first Compass installment, held last September 25, 2017, was for the 200 tenth-graders of New Era Public High School.

STEM handouts were given to students to provide tips in making their career choices.

Mark Steven Santiago from the Institute of Chemistry spoke about career opportunities in the sciences. He spoke about what a career in the sciences can do for them as individuals, and for their society and fellowmen. Science is a way of life, and “science befriends failures,” Mr. Santiago said. He sought to inspire the students to see science not as a boring class of memorization and book-reading, but as a boundless and boundlessly interesting pursuit of knowledge.

Christian John Immanuel Boydon of the Industrial Engineering Department showed the New Era high schoolers the true meaning of an engineering education and career. He said, “If you want to use the world’s knowledge in order to make life easier for mankind, go for engineering.” Some students asked about which engineering field would be best for their interests, and Mr. Boydon explained the differences between the different engineering fields.


The crowd of high schoolers met UP Diliman Class of 2017’s batch valedictorian Williard Joshua Jose with giddy awe and applause. Mr. Jose’s talk on technology as a career path began with an anecdote on the models of cellphones he has ever owned. He spoke mostly about his experiences as a student, and now as he works with a telecommunications company. The audience asked a lot about Mr. Jose’s successful academic track and how they can take similar steps towards this. Mr. Jose urged the students to explore their many skills as they pursue their education, and to be diligent in studying.

As the last speaker, Dr. Belina Cuevas of the UP Diliman Office of Counseling and Guidance gave the students simple steps and factors to consider when selecting a course or specialization track. Dr. Cuevas spoke of factors like personal skill, interest, financial capacity, and availability of the courses desired. In the forum, students brought up some of their problems in facing this decision. One student shared that her parents already selected a college course for her. Dr. Cuevas assured the students that their parents will be supportive of their decisions, and encouraged them to take tracks in line with what is best for them.

Career orientations are so valuable to the decisions to be made by these young students. Hopefully, UP KEM left the New Era Public High School with the hearts of the students magnetized like compass needles; slowing the nervous spinning and set pointing toward a better course.


The Compass team gathered together to celebrate the successful 2nd installment of Compass.