Graduate scholarship slots provided by the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) are expected to increase next year.
This, as the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resources Development Program – Science Education Consortium (ASTHRDP-SEC) welcomes universities in Luzon offering master’s and doctoral programs in Science and Mathematics Education (SME).
During the 2014 National Science and Technology Week celebration, a Memorandum of Understanding among the member universities of the ASTHRDP-SEC was signed to officially include Ateneo de Manila University, Bicol University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mariano Marcos State University and Philippine Normal University in the National Consortium in Graduate Science and Mathematics Education, joining the original members - West Visayas State University, University of San Carlos, Western Mindanao State University, and Mindanao State University – Marawi City.
Championing innovation as an approach to effective science education, two schools from Surigao City and Albay topped this year’s search for innovative methods in teaching science and mathematics for large and extra-large classes.
Surigao City National High School and Tabaco National High School bagged the 2nd Search for Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes for Effective Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics, receiving P100, 000 each and a plaque of recognition for their innovative strategies.
Surigao City National High School was awarded for their project entitled Beating the Numbers Through Strategic Intervention Materials (SIM): Innovative Science Teaching in Large Classes (Grade 8) which refers to a learning package composed of “guide cards, hands-on and minds-on activities, enrichment exercises, and others” that are introduced into the teaching methods to stimulate learning among Grade 8 pupils in Science and Technology.
The country’s top math bets are flying to South Africa to battle with the best of the world in the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the toughest and most prestigious global mathematical competition for high school students.
The team is composed of finalists and winners to this year’s Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) and are seasoned participants to international mathematics competitions, namely Clyde Wesley S. Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College; Kyle Patrick F. Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus; Ma. Czarina Angela S. Lao, Adrian Reginald C. Sy, and Matthew Ryan S. Tan of St. Jude Catholic School; and Farrell Eldrian S. Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy.
The 55th IMO will be held at Cape Town South, Africa on July 3-13, 2014.
As climate change causes water scarcity and contamination in most communities in the country, students from Philippine Science High School – Central Campus deviced a water filter system using a locally abundant material called Bentonite to source clean water from Abacan River for indigenous people.
With eutrophication and sedimentation prevailing in the Abacan River, Jan Louise Cabrera, Joshua Miguel Danac and mentor Karizz Anne Morante created a filtration system using Bentonite clay—a product of lahar erosion and an effective adsorbent of dirt—to benefit the Aeta community in Barangay Sapangbato in Angeles, City Pampanga.
The innovation earned the Best Bayanihan Project title at the Hyundai New Thinkers Spotlight recently held at the Hyundai Center for Green Innovation in Angat, Bulacan.