Teachers from Occidental Mindoro during the Teachers’ Training on Philippine Science Centrum Exhibit-based Lessons and Lab in a Box

To enhance the S&T education in the country, lessons and instructional kits based on interactive science exhibits popularized by the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST) was brought to priority areas in MIMAROPA region, to help capacitate science educators in enlightening, engaging, and inspiring the youth with various STEM concepts.

The DOST’s initiative, dubbed “Philippine Science Centrum Traveling Exhibits: A Platform for Promoting Science Interest among Students in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas”, identified MIMAROPA provinces including Marinduque, Romblon, and Occidental Mindoro as beneficiaries of the project.

Through a Teachers’ Training on Philippine Science Centrum Exhibit-based Lessons and Lab in a Box conducted by DOST-MIMAROPA, PFST, and Department of Education-MIMAROPA (DepEd-MIMAROPA), a total of 120 teachers (60 per school) from Occidental Mindoro National High School in Mamburao and Pedro T. Mendiola Sr. Memorial National High School in San Jose, received the PFST Teaching-Learning Resource (TLR) that consists of videos of science exhibits, teacher’s guide for exhibit-based lessons, and a lab kit designed according to specific content standards and competencies in the DepEd K to 12 science curriculum.

The training activity provided an opportunity for the educators to learn how to use the kits that will aid them in teaching science concepts to their students. Prof. Corazon S. Salumbides, a Balik Scientist known for being one of the polymer ambassadors and pioneers in the microscale chemistry teaching in the United States, served as the trainer during the activity. The training was conducted last July 4 and July 5, respectively.

The experience and insights learned through the training program are expected to be applied in a teacher’s classroom setting and integrated into appropriate lessons to enhance students’ learning experiences and build S&T literacy.