18 February 2015
Excellence in Math needs no sorcery.
To many, mathematics is a quixotic conquest that entails countless formula brain imprinting, repetitive number crunching or blood sacrifice. Or some simply give up and say, "hindi na lang ako kukuha ng course na may math sa college.” (I will not take up any course that has math when I go to college)
The Philippines is gearing up for another conquest for the gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad with the conclusion of the 17th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad, topped by IMO veterans Adrian Reginald Sy of St. Jude Catholic School, Farrel Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy and Kyle Patrick Dulay of the Philippine Science High School-Main Campus. These students prove that excellence in mathematics is an attainable objective.
Truth is, excellence in mathematics is a goal that can be achieved and our math wizards are here to share their tips to conquer the dreaded subject:
09 February 2015
In a bid to accelerate the development of innovative teachers across the nation, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), in partnership with six universities, trained 250 science and mathematics teacher trainers to prepare them for the implementation of the K-12 curriculum.
Dubbed Science Teacher Academy for the Regions (STAR), the project seeks to provide an organized scheme of innovative trainings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
DOST-SEI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bicol University, Central Luzon State University, Mariano Marcos State University, Philippine Normal University, Western Visayas State University, and Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology for the training of 50 in-service science and mathematics teacher trainers per university on the latest innovations in teaching.
01 December 2014
In a bid to beef up the Philippines’ pool of Science and Technology teachers, a total of 500 third year college students passed the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) exam administered nationwide on 18 October 2014 to qualify for the 2-3 year S&T scholarships and become future S&T educators.
The JLSS is a scholarship program of the DOST-SEI under the Republic Act (RA) No. 10612, titled “An Act Expanding the Coverage of the Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program and Strengthening the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in Secondary Schools”. Otherwise known as the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013”, this law builds on the current S&T scholarships offered by the DOST-SEI as provided for in RA 7687 or the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994.”
The implementation of R.A. 10612 supports the execution of Section 8 of the K to 12 law which urges the hiring of teachers from among the graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.
27 January 2015
Three of the six members of the national contingent in last year’s International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)—the most prestigious mathematics competition in the world—topped the recently held 17th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO).
St. Jude Catholic School’s Adrian Reginald Sy, who won the country’s third silver medal in the 55th IMO held at Cape Town, South Africa in July last year, once again proved his prowess over 19 other finalists in the national tilt. He brought home P20,000 cash prize, a medal and gifts from Sharp Calculators.
Sy was followed by fellow IMO bets Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy and Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, who won 1st and 2nd runner-ups, respectively. Both Wu and Dulay took home bronze medals in the IMO as well. Wu received P15,000 cash prize while Dulay got P10,000 along with medals and gifts from Sharp Calculators.
04 November 2014
Pitogo High School, last year’s Rookie Awardee and Best Team, once again proved its might as they dominated the 2014 Tagisang Robotics: Design, Build and Play Competition.
The team, composed of 10 students and two teachers together with their robot, put on an almost flawless performance to lead all its alliances to win-after-win and close the elimination round with five wins and one draw topping all other 34 teams who battled in what could be the last edition of the competition. The games, organized by the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), were held on 29-30 October at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
With the win, Pitogo HS brought home P100,000 cash prize, P30,000 for their coach, along with a trophy and medals.