by Herman M. Lagon
SEVEN scientists in the field of experimentation and instruction will be sharing their expertise with 120 educators and science enthusiasts in Panay and Negros for the Pueblo Science Seminar-Workshop set May 19-21, 2016 at Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School (ADI-SMCS) in Atria Park District, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
The locally DepEd-endorsed affair—themed “Bridging Science and Community: Think, Create, Innovate!—is organized and partly-subsidized by ADI-SMCS, in partnership with Pueblo Science Team led by co-founder Dr. Mayrose Salvador from University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Also to serve as training facilitators are professors and scientists from the University of Toronto namely: Emina Veletanlic, MSc in Polymers and Materials Chemistry; James Li, PhD in Physical Chemistry with specialization in Nanoengineering; Martin Labrecque, PhD in Computer Engineering; and Stanley Wong, PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Riza Magbitang, MS Chemistry, and Eliza Mae Acode, BS Chemistry Candidate, are also joining the group. The seven will partner with select high school science teachers of ADI-SMCS in the duration of the three-day group workshops, plenary and breakout sessions.
Pueblo Science is a Toronto-based registered charity working to advance science education in low-resource communities through conducting students’ and teachers’ training in the different parts of the world with the goal of “engaging and inspiring the youth to pursue a lifelong interest in science and engineering.”
Ateneo Subject Area Coordinator for High School Science Menchie Pagay, the leading organizer of the event, explained “we have partnered with Pueblo Science in our pursuit of helping our fellow science teachers in Western Visayas avail of the services of experts in the academe.”
“It aims to enhance the skills of educators and their supervisors in teaching students to embrace science as something fun and relevant to their daily lives that can be used to think outside the box to solve problems in communities.”
“We have developed science experiment kits and have conceptualized teacher trainings in the Philippines and other parts of the world so students can learn about science using available materials,” DOST Balik Scientist Dr. Salvador (PhD Chemistry), said, adding, “Pueblo Science believes that having a better understanding of the world that surrounds us, is the single most powerful and long lasting way to make positive change in a society.”
The event will be done in the Ateneo gymnasium (plenary) and six science laboratories (breakout sessions). Participants cover all provinces of Panay, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental. But there will also be science educators from as far as Western Mindanao and Central Visayas who will join the seminar.
Ateneo de Iloilo, to note, has been organizing workshops for teachers as part of its social responsibility as a Jesuit, Catholic, Chinese-Filipino educational institution in the region. Since 2013, it has already held several free retreats (for students and their teachers) to different public basic education schools in Panay and Negros. Last 2014 and 2015, it sponsored the regional seminar-workshops on Matalinong Panonood ng Pelikula and #MindaNOW, respectively. It was also the host in the national Confucius Institute seminar in Chinese Education in 2015 and the Voters’ Education Kuwentuhang Bayan in 2016./Ripples