Experts agree that the huge task of educating 15,000,000 school-aged Filipino children cannot be placed entirely on the shoulders of only about 700,000 licensed teachers in public and private schools. Thankfully, there is an alternative solution – homeschooling.
Upheld by the 1987 Philippine Constitution and promoted by DepEd Memorandum No. 216 S. 1997, (also known as the “Home Education Program”) there are now over 12,000 homeschooling children in the country.
With more and more parents deciding to be more proactive in their children’s education through homeschooling, Homeschool Global, the homeschooling accreditation arm of The Master’s Academy (TMA), hosted the first-ever Science Fair for Homeschoolers, to celebrate Filipino ingenuity through science, and showcase the creativity and innovation of home-educated kids as they present their science projects, experiments and inventions.
The event also gave the children an opportunity to excel in science and technology, by stimulating healthy competition among homeschooling kids.
“Homeschoolers Conquer Science” was held on Aug. 13 at Bayanihan Center, Unilab, Pasig City. Special guests from the field of science and technology chose from around 200 participating homeschoolers two winners for the Best Science Project and one for the Best Collaborative Work.
The chosen ones are the following:
For Best Science Project 1 –Trisha Vallego (10 years old); Best Science Project 2 – Jasper Espino (7 years old) and Jasmine Espino (8 years old); Best Collaborative Work – Sam Evangelista (14 years old), Andie Yusay (12 years old) and Reese Riego (12 years old).
Sponsors from Mind Museum, iCreate, Curaytive and Fatty Brains, also conducted science workshops on exciting fields like robotics, and introduced new technologies like 3D printing and more.
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