SciComm is the first and only competition in the Philippines that aims to
foster among high school students the skills needed for the effective communication of science ideas.
It follows a pitch format: students are only given ten (10) minutes to present effectively and substantially the
content of a paper published in major scientific journals.
It is open only to Grade 10 students from any school in the Philippines.
Each team is composed of two (2) students and one (1) Team coach who should be a teacher in the same school. Teams from the same school may have the same coach.
School participation is free and a maximum
of 2 teams per school can join the competition.The two team members must deliver the presentation in the following way:
they may alternate in talking and operating the projector as often as
they want as long as each team member is able to talk and operate the projector
at least once during the presentation. Nobody else (neither the organizers nor the coaches)
will provide any form of technical assistance to the team during the actual presentation.
The SciComm Organizing Board is the body responsible for resolving disputes related to SciComm and is composed of UA&P faculty.
During the actual team presentation, the formal attire of both team members must abide by the
University Dress Code (refer to UA&P Student Handbook found at http://www.uap.asia/campus-life/student-handbook/).
Failure to do so will merit deductions from the team's final score.
All presentations used by the participating teams shall become the property of SciComm.
All presentations will utilize UA&P equipment such as computers, projectors, microphones, and clickers.
The only software application to be used is
Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Presentations should not include a movie or video. The purpose of the "minimalist" approach (Zen-style) to the
presentation is to focus more on the communication skills rather than on the use of technology itself.
All pictures and figures in the presentation have to be cited properly. Failure to do so will disqualify the team from reaching the Final round.
Team Coaches should come at least in semi-formal attire, while the rest of the audience should be at least in smart casual attire.
Electronic devices should be turned off during the presentation. All team coaches will not be allowed to ask questions at the end of any team presentation.
After announcing the finalist teams, their respective Team Coaches will meet to choose the technical article to be used for the Final Round. The selection of the technical article for the Final Round will follow a prescribed random procedure. All finalist teams will be asked to undergo at least 1 hour of coaching session on how to improve their presentations. These sessions will be conducted by the UA&P Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) alumni. The finalist teams belonging to the same group will undergo the coaching session together.