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.
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.
“Stay and serve.”
It is the simplest yet most striking message that successful scholar-graduates of the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) instilled among 100 ongoing scholars in a day dedicated to honor them
On point to the target and off to Malaysia.
This is the feat of the duo from Rizal National Science High School (RNHS) after winning the National Water-boosted Rocket Competition last recently at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Freedom Park Lower Grounds.
Effective science education occurs even in jam-packed rooms, as attested by the winners and finalists in the recently-concluded national search for the most innovative practices in teaching large and extra-large classes.
Using creative strategies such as "sizing interventions" and "flock management", two schools from Zamboanga and Laguna bested four other finalists from Metro Manila to earn the distinction of having the best and most inventive teaching strategies in their large science and mathematics classes.