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.
Champions of science education have received righteous recognition of their many contributions in the field during the 3rd Gawad Leadership and Innovations for Development Relevant to Science Education (Gawad LIDER) Awarding Ceremony.
Conferred with the Exemplary Leadership Awards were Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco, renowned entomologist and former Chancellor of the University of the Philippines - Los Banos (UPLB) for the Individual category, and ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI) E-Media Group, the foundation's education arm, for the Institution category.
A High school student from Chiang Kai Shek College has set a historic feat in the prestigious 24th Asian-Pacific Math Olympiad (APMO) as he won the Philippine's first ever silver medal from the prestigious competition.
Philippine Mathematical Olympiad and International Mathematical Olympiad veteran Henry Jefferson Morco scored 23 points to nail the country's first ever silver medal in the APMO, a correspondence type competition held last March 13.
Morco shared the stage with Philippine Science High School - Diliman's (PSHS) Kenneth Co, who marked 16 points, to win the bronze medal. The Philippine contingent also seized four honorable mentions thereby securing one of the most successful outings for the country.
And so the winning streak lives on.
Kenneth Co of Philippine Science High School - Diliman and Mikaela Angeline Uy of Saint Jude Catholic School scored 14 points apiece to carry on the country's streak of garnering at least the bronze medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) since 2008.
The Science Education Institute (SEI), the science and technology human resources development agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), will mark its 25th anniversary this year with a culminating celebration in September aimed at showcasing the Institute's milestone achievements and future directions in its commitment to advance the state of science education in the country.
With the theme "Enabling the Next Generation through Innovations in Science Education", SEI lined up several activities to celebrate the innovations in science education that the agency has implemented from 1987 to 2012. The activities aim to inspire the Filipino people to continue working on enabling the youth to value S&T as a way of life, and for policy-makers and science educators to push for S&T education reforms and innovations.