UPLB Chemical Society Concludes the First-ever Online Kapnayan

The UPLB Chemical Society’s 16th installment of the Kapnayan was officially concluded on February 12, 2022! Kapnayan is a triennial week-long nationwide Chemistry fair for Philippine High Schools since 1976 and it is hosted by the UPLB Chemical Society. Kapnayan 2022 was pushed through with the title and theme, The Prescribed Dose: Immunizing Minds Through Chemical Literacy Against the Infodemic. It aims to emphasize the role of Chemistry and the sciences in addressing social and economic problems and to promote chemical literacy to 21st-century learners. Moreover, this also highlights STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and teaches the youth in using it as a tool to dismantle misinformation in a world where fake news and misinformation have become rampant.

The opening ceremony (https://fb.watch/ba8utLsblO/) of the Chemistry fair happened last February 7, 2022, with the opening remarks from the respected guests: DOST Undersecretary Dr. Renato Solidum, Dr. Veronica Migo, and Ms. Ivy Retuya.

Kapnayan 2022 Main Pub

Later that day, Infoveillance: A Webinar about Chemical Literacy (https://fb.watch/ba8yyF84s7/) was held in which Dr. Laureano Bondoc Jr. debunked the common myths and misconceptions about the pandemic and Ms. Angelica Yang shared the effects and challenges of the COVID-19 in science journalism.


Start-Up, Chem Up: A Kapnayan Pitch Competition (https://fb.watch/ba8FHnGDb6/) was then held on the following day, February 8, 2022. This competition involved students presenting a detailed pitch on how to address different societal problems revolving around chemical literacy. Out of the nine schools that participated, team Total Borons from the Tabaco National High School prevailed and won 1st place. Team Triple M from the Philippine Science High School – Cordillera Administrative Region and Team Competencia from the Cebu Institute of Technology – University won 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.


On February 9, 2022, the Science Writing Competition was conducted to showcase the students’ academic mastery and compositional skills by writing a feature article based on different chemistry-related problems under time pressure. University of San Carlos Senior High School North Campus and Muntinlupa Science High School claimed the 3rd and the 2nd spots, respectively, and the Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas Campus bagged the 1st place.


Top of the Flask: A Kapnayan Ideathon (Part I: https://fb.watch/ba8Gpb_Y3N/ & Part II: https://fb.watch/ba8KlL5pYS/) was then held on the fourth day of the Kapnayan 2022. Within an hour and a half, each participating team created a write-up and an extemporaneous presentation on tackling novel solutions to randomized context-based problems on chemical literacy. 1st place went to Team Fashial of the University of the Philippines Rural High School while the 2nd and 3rd place were won by Team HCCS Protons of the Holy Child Catholic School, Inc. and Team RSU Spartan 22 of the Romblon State University Laboratory Science High School, respectively.


On the following day, The Last Element Standing: Kapnayan 2022’s Virtual Escape Room was conducted in which students were faced with different problems that they must solve under time pressure. Team KpKc of the Philippine Science High School Cagayan Valley Campus finished the challenges at the 3rd spot and team SFAC Doves of the Saint Francis of Assisi College finished at the 2nd spot. The fastest team that succeeded in the challenges was Team SaytekSeeker from Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School.


Aside from these activities, Infographic Making Competition was also held in which Marist School and Colegio San Agustin Biñan won 3rd and 2nd place, respectively, while the University of the Philippines Rural High School bagged 1st place.


On February 12, 2022, Kapnayan 2022 was successfully concluded by awarding the champions in each competition (https://fb.watch/ba93knReOK/).


Overall, a total of 43 schools from all over the Philippines participated in this year’s Kapnayan.


With this big success despite the hindrances brought by the pandemic, the UPLB Chemical Society sincerely thanks all the participating schools and all the sponsors who have made this event possible.


The 17th installment of Kapnayan is expected to return in 2025.


For more information about the recently concluded Kapnayan 2022, you may visit the ???????? ???? ??????? ??????? at https://bit.ly/Kap22Exhibits or its official Facebook Page at Kapnayan | Facebook.