MANILA, PHILIPPINES. Four Filipino High School students from the Immaculate Conception Academy in Greenhills, San Juan bagged gold and bronze medals in the Global Environmental Issues and Us (GENIUS) Olympiad 2015 held in New York, abs cbn new.com reported.
Annicka Koteh and Anjeli Panis won a gold medal for their project, "The Feasibility of Utilizing Sago (Metroxylon sagu) Starch and Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil in the Production of Antibacterial and Biodegradable Plastic Coating."
On the other hand, Tiffany Lao and Melissa Cheng scored a bronze medal for their study, "A Study on the Varying Amounts of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) and Cassava (Manihot esculenta) Starch as Biodegradable and Water Soluble Alternative for Polystyrene Packaging Loose Fill."
Hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego last month, from June 14 to 19, the GENIUS Olympiad gathers students from all over the world for environmental solutions in the fields of Science, Arts, Creative Writing, Engineering, Design and Business Development.
The four representatives from the Philippines who are all seniors participated in the Science Category.
Out of 1,171 submissions from 69 countries, only 401 projects were selected.