Innovative learning models push to generate interest in STEM education

With the goal of developing the country’s science and technology (S&T) human resources, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) developed various science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education innovations.

Ms. Josephine S. Feliciano, Science Research Specialist II from DOST-SEI and project leader of the 21st Century Learning Environment Model (21st CLEM), conducted an online orientation on the 21st CLEM to the Department of Education Schools Division Office (DepEd SDO) Capiz Department of Science and Technology VI (DOST VI). The activity was attended by twenty-nine (29) participants from both agencies.

The 21st CLEM is 1 of the 6 innovations developed by DOST-SEI which aims to support the teaching and learning of science and mathematics from preschool to Grade 12 through prints, digital, interactive, and immersive technology platforms. It is a school-based classroom setup, equipped with 21st-century facilities designed for mobility and connectivity, such as robotics, 3D modeling and printing, virtual and augmented reality, interactive ICT tools, as well as re-configurable customized desks or tables and ergonomic chairs. This setup promotes collaborative teaching and learning through education, information, communication, and creative, and immersive technologies that bridge the technological gap between teachers and students.

Other innovations aimed to generate greater interest in STEM education include (1) Bukas-Tuklas, a discovery box containing hands-on activity guides for children from 4 to 5 years old and 11 months old; (2) Storybooks, a collection of 48 downloadable illustrated storybooks with corresponding videos for children from 3 to 8 years old. This initiative is a new approach to introducing science and mathematics to young learners; (3) DOST Courseware, a stand-alone, self-learning software or application available in MS Windows, Android, and iOS, with a collection of Filipino-developed, all-original, highly interactive, multimedia, supplementary educational resource packages in science and mathematics for Grades 1-12 students; (4) Strategic Intervention Material for Teaching with Augmented Reality (SIMATAR), an intervention material which has 3D simulations of drawings through scanning technology using mobile devices. It is a new engaging and immersive way to teach and learn science lessons; (5) Virtual Laboratory Application in Science (VLAS), a fully interactive and advanced digital laboratory simulation in 3D and 360-degree environment to be used as supplementary resources for schools without physical science laboratories.

Through this activity, DOST VI and DepEd SDO Capiz demonstrate their commitment to advancing STEM education and enhancing teaching and learning methodologies in the province to meet the demands of the 21st century. (VBDelaPeña/Capiz PSTO)