MANILA—Three Filipino students whose work was recognized in a science exhibition in the United States received the honor of having minor planets named after them, the Department of Education announced on Tuesday.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the DepEd said Keith Russel Cadores, Joscel Kent Manzanero, and Eugene Rivera of Camarines Sur National High School "each received a certificate identifying their very own minor planet and an orbital plot showing its current location."
In the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a competition for high-school students, the trio placed second in the "Energy: Physical" category for their design and development of solar-tracking Arduino-rooted photovoltaic panels.
The team represented the Philippines after their success in the 2018 National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF), the DepEd said.
The NSTF Facebook account shared the letter sent by Massachusetts Institute of Technology to Rivera, congratulating him for his team's work.
The minor planet No. 34524, discovered by the Linear program of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was named Eugenerivera.
"MIT Lincoln Laboratory is proud to have this opportunity to encourage science education," the letter said.