NOHS pushes for pop­u­lar­iza­tion of science in com­mu­nity

Sun Star Bacolod - - Billboard - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

THE Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal High School (NOHS) in Ba­colod City, among the big­gest sec­ondary schools in the province, is push­ing for the pop­u­lar­iza­tion of science in the com­mu­nity.

NOHS prin­ci­pal Mario Amaca, in a press con­fer­rence at the school yes­ter­day, said em­brac­ing science means em­brac­ing break­throughs through the ad­van­tage of pos­si­tive ef­fect to the peo­ple and en­vi­ron­ment.

Amaca said NOHS is an advocate of science and tech­nol­ogy. In fact, it is the only school in Ne­gros Is­land of­fer­ing eight cur­ricu­lum in­clud­ing the Spe­cial Pro­gram in Science.

“Our Science Cen­trum im­ple­mented for al­most eight years now will have a great im­pact the learn­ing of the stu­dents,” he said, adding that it serves to tickle their in­quis­i­tive young minds and in­ter­est to learn more.

In the bid to pop­u­larice science in the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially in school, NOHS is hold­ing the Science Month Cel­e­bra­tion start­ing to­day un­til Septem­ber 30.

Aside from the Science Cen­trum, which hosts var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions on stud­ies and re­searches, other ac­tiv­i­ties are Symbo Game and 7th Divi­sion Sci­lympics 2019, among oth­ers.

Themed “Crit­i­cal Think­ing and Cre­ativ­ity to Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment,” the Science Month cel­e­bra­tion is pur­suant to Presidenti­al Procla­ma­tion No. 264 series of 2002 declar­ing Septem­ber as the Na­tional Science Club Month all through­out the coun­try.

For science teach­ers of NOHS, there is re­ally a need to pop­u­lar­ize science in the com­mu­nity.

Gemma­beth Gi­cole said pop­u­lar­iz­ing science, which is the body of knowl­edge, at the same time tech­nol­ogy be­cause it aids us in our ev­ery­day lives.

For Es­ther Luz Repique, also a teacher, they want to in­cul­cate to the stu­dents that science is life.

“When we trans­late science into sci­en­tific ob­ject or into some­thing, it will not only be the stu­dents who will ben­e­fit but the en­tire com­munuty as well,” she said.

For the teach­ers, science is pop­u­lar among stu­dents if they are in school. Though, they rec­og­nized chal­lenges in pop­u­lar­iz­ing science in the com­mu­nity.

Yvonne Var­gas, depart­ment head, said the lack of fund and equip­ment some­how “limits” the op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to learn about science.

Teacher Faith Joy San­ti­ago, on the other hand, said tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, which are prod­ucts of science prin­ci­ples, some­times be­come bar­ri­ers in pop­u­lar­iz­ing science among stu­dents.

“So­cial me­dia, for in­stance, if not used as a tool for learn­ing is wast­ing much the time of the stu­dents, which is sup­pos­edly used for their school lessons in­clud­ing science,” she pointed out.

The teach­ers, how­ever, as­sures that NOHS re­mains com­mit­ted to mak­ing science pop­u­lar and part of the stu­dents’ lives through ini­ti­at­ing pro­grams and projects geared to­wards pro­mot­ing science.

“We need the sup­port of the stake­hold­ers thus, we are in­volv­ing par­ents and other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity on what the stu­dents are do­ing here,” Repique added.*

ER­WIN P. NICAVERA PHOTO

NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal High School prin­ci­pal Mario Amaca (cen­ter) with science teach­ers in a press con­fer­rence on their Science Month Cel­e­bra­tion at the school in Ba­colod City yes­ter­day.

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