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.
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.
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.