The Negros Island Battle of the Brains (BOTB) kicks off this month of August, with elimination rounds scheduled in five areas of Negros: Bacolod City on August 7, Bago on August 9, Kabankalan on August 11, Dumaguete City on August 15, and Bais on August 17.
The regional science trivia contest is open to the all junior and senior high schools. The youth of Negros are highly encouraged to join—if not as contestants, then as audience members cheering on the teams who will be representing their schools and home municipality or city.
There are 35 Negros schools – including two universities, five colleges, and 28 high schools, six of which specialize in science education – and their corresponding teams, registered to take part in the semi-finals. Each team is composed of two students, plus one faculty adviser.
Following the theme “Renewable Energy for a Brighter Future,” trivia questions will tackle renewable energy, the environment, biodiversity, climate change issues and policies, and current events related to these topics. These same topics have, at one time or another, been featured in the Positive Energy Facebook page.
Through this contest, participants and audiences alike will learn the benefits of renewable energy, and its importance to the country. It is hoped that this will inspire the Negros youth to attempt to live more sustainably, and to teach and influence others to do the same.
Winning teams of each semi-final round will be granted a PhP3,000 cash prize. They will also compete in the Grand Finals on Sept. 5, where they stand to win the much-coveted Positive Energy Battle of the Brains trophy and a PhP30,000.00 cash prize.
The BOTB is a project of Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and is being organized with the assistance of DRINK Editorial and Design, a communications agency based in Metro Manila. This is the second year that Lopez-led EDC has organized the quiz bee. Last year, Bago City College emerged as champion of the inaugural contest, among 18 participating schools.
EDC, through the Positive Energy campaign, has actively engaged the Negros youth in the promotion of clean and renewable energy. Together, EDC and its youth champions aim to secure a brighter, carbon-positive future for Negros and the Philippines as a whole.
For more information on contest mechanics and a complete list of participants, please visit the website, https://www.facebook.com/PositiveEnergyNegros.
EDC is the world’s largest vertically integrated geothermal company and the only diversified renewable energy firm in the country. The company has been powering infinite possibilities in Negros Oriental for 35 years now by harnessing geothermal energy, the only form of RE that can provide sustainable power 24 hours a day, rain or shine, all year round.
Per DTI-Negros Oriental Provincial Office Permit No. 2017-048, Series of 2017 and DTI-Negros Occidental Permit No. 5-109, Series of 2017.