Environment Seminar-Workshops for a Better Future: Environment and Astrophysics Seminar-Workshop

Following the highly successful seminar-workshops on Energy and Climate Change in 2011, the Center for Research and Communication conducted the Environment and Astrophysics Seminar-Workshop on April 20 – 21, 2012 for the University of Asia and the Pacific, April 26 – 27, 2012 for the Luzon run, May 3 – 4, 2012 for the Visayas run and May 17 – 18, 2012 for the Mindanao run.

With a total of 244 high school science teachers from public and private schools in attendance, the seminar-workshops aimed to benefit the participants and to provide teaching reference for the K to 12 Science Curriculum.

Ms. Marie Uy of CRC welcomed the participants at the Metro Manila seminar, while Dr. Joel Cabanilla, Principal of St. Louis University Laboratory High School, gave the welcome remarks at the Baguio seminar. At the Bacolod seminar Dr. Suzette Agustin, President of West Negros University, delivered the welcome remarks and Dr. Veronica Ramirez, CRC Associate Director, presented the K to 12 Science Curriculum. Other guest speakers were Mr. Julito Aligaen, Education Research Specialist at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation – Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics, and Dr. Nomer Mangulabnan, Dean and Director at West Negros University. At the Cagayan de Oro seminar, Atty. Casimiro Juarez Jr., President of Capitol University, welcomed the participants.

Dr. Theta PonceThe main speaker for the two-day seminar-workshops was Dr. Theta Ponce of the School of Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Theta Ponce discussed climate change, clean energy, and environmentally sustainable development and transportation on the first day, and focused on galaxies, global warming on Venus, and exoplanets on the second day.

Concluding each seminar-workshop was a session where participants planned programs for teaching environmental awareness and eco-friendly lifestyle changes to students. In addition, a Teacher’s Reference Material that compiles the content of the seminar-workshop was provided to support the teaching of science in the K to 12 Curriculum.