A 16-year-old math wizard from Jubilee Christian Academy topped the 2013 Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO), earning him a chance to represent the country to the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad in Santa Marta, Columbia in July 2013.
Justin Edric Yturzaeta was hailed national champion during the Awarding Ceremony of the 15th PMO held at the De la Salle University, Manila. He took home P15,000, a medal and a trophy while his coach Enrique Sabacan brought home P5,000.
An attempt to personalize drug dosage down to the gene level from the University of the Philippines-Diliman topped this year’s Bank of the Philippine Islands-Department of Science and Technology (BPI-DOST) Best Project of the Year which could spell the end to medical fatalities resulting from mismatched drug dosage and genetic makeup.
BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology student Jann Adriel Sy cupped the prestigious award together with a P50,000 cash prize, a DOST post-graduate scholarship, and a trophy.
Imagine Filipino students entering a classroom equipped with advanced computers in desks connected to a central server and can be viewed in a 3D capable television while a teacher talks about integers or digestion.
Sounds too superficial? Some schools in Taiwan don’t think so.
And this is basically what the Science Education Institute envisions to be the state of science education in the Philippines in the future.
Two schools that won in the national search for the most innovative practices in teaching large and extra-large classes echoed their strategies to fellow educators in hopes of having them replicated to other schools.
In the “Forum to Disseminate the Winning Innovative Classroom Managment Practices” held on 17 December 2012 at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City, representatives from Bacong National High School (BNHS) from Salug, Zamboanga del Norte and Looc National High School (LNHS) from Calamba City, Laguna detailed how they employ their innovative methods branded as Bacong Developmental Instruction (Project BaDI) and Flock Program in Managing Large Class Size in Mathematics III, respectively. Schools with large classes from Metro Manila and Region 4A represented by its division superintendents, principals/school heads, and science and math supervisors and teachers attended to the said forum.
Four public high schools from Makati City ruled in this year’s 2012 Tagisang Robotics, the Philippine’s first and only varsity type robotics competition.
Benigno Aquino High School Team Benigno Knights topped this year’s elimination round with a clean 6-0 slate, earning them the Best Team Award and winning P100,000 cash prize, P30,000 for their coach Edwin Engana, medals for all students and a trophy for their school.
The alliance of Bangkal High School Team Super Automated Mechanize Universal Electrobots (S. A. M. U. E. L.), Tibagan High School Team Cybertron, and Makati Science High School Team MakSci Immortals ruled in the Final Round as the Best Alliance and taking with them P150, 000 cash prize, their coaches Marvin Ragasa, Dorothy Naval and Job Ferrer, respectively, getting P10,000 each, medals for students and trophies for their schools.