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07 December 2018

The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is best-known for its science scholarship programs, but to truly strengthen science and technology education in the country, the agency recognizes that providing scholarships to deserving students is not enough.

“There’s always a need for practical and creative science teachers and learning materials,” says DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo. “We aim to capacitate our teachers and encourage them to be innovative in the teaching and learning of STEM. This is why we come up with projects like Innobox,” Biyo adds.

Innobox: Search for the Most Innovative Teaching and Learning Resources in Science is one of the competitions organized by the agency. Now on its sophomore run, it continues to challenge science teachers to come up with ideas for more engaging science learning experience in the classroom.

Last year, DOST-SEI invited teachers from public and private elementary and secondary schools to submit proposals on innovations in teaching and learning of science. The technical committee observed how their proposed innovative teaching and learning resources were used in their science classes. Out of 76 proposals, nine finalists were selected for the three categories.

Science teachers from Pio Valenzuela Elementary School, Queens Row Elementary School, and Niogan Elementary School emerged as finalists in the Grades 3-6 category while Congressional Integrated High School, Dolores National High School, and Rizal High School teachers were selected to compete in the Grades 7-10 category. Ligao National High School, Philippine Science High School-Central Visayas Campus, and Parañaque National High School and University of Santo Tomas Senior High School will battle it out for the Grades 11-12 category.

All finalists will be recognized and one winner per category will be awarded cash prize and trophy in the 2018 Innobox Awarding Ceremony on December 11, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones were invited to grace the event to award the winners and give messages to inspire teachers in advancing their competencies in STEM education. (30)

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1. Pio Valenzuela Elementary School - Efficacy of Basic and Integrated Science Process Skills (BISPS) Through Learning Station in the Performance of Selected Grade 5 Pupils in Pio Valenzuela Elementary School

2. Queens Row Elementary School - Electrically Manipulated Musculoskeletal System Model with Digestive System and Respiratory System

3. Niogan Elementary School - Contextualization and Localization: An Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Activity Sheets in Science 5

4. Congressional Integrated High School - “Laro ng Lahi” – Based Activities and Mechanics

5. Dolores National High School - Facilitated Instructional Approach Using Ray Tools Kit (RTK) for Improving Academic Performance and Conceptual Understanding in Lenses

6. Rizal High School - Effectiveness of Rizal Integrated Science Education (RISE) Software in Teaching Grade Nine Students

7. Ligao National High School - InnoCUBES (Innovative and Creative Use of Blocks in Exploring Science)

8. Philippine Science High School – Central Visayas Campus - Project DALOY: Drone-based depth and Atmospheric Level Open-Source monitoring device for the Filipino Youth

9. Parañaque National High School/University of Santo Tomas Senior High School - Project SIGLA: Science Classroom Innovation through a Gamified Laboratory Application (Virtual Reality for Android)