Kim Alvin C. De Lara, Grade 5 teacher of Niogan Elementary School, Division of Rizal won the grand prize for the Most Innovative Teaching and Learning Resources in Science in the Grade 3-6 category given by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with his innovation titled, “Contextualization and Localization: An Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Activity Sheets in Science 5,” in the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, December 11, 2018.

Innobox: Search for the Most Innovative Teaching and Learning Resources in Science is a nationwide search for the most innovative teaching and learning resources in Science and one of the competitions organized by DOST. Now on its sophomore run, it continues to challenge science teachers to come up with ideas for more engaging science learning experience in the classroom. The project also intends to encourage teachers to be innovative, creative, and practical in teaching science concepts to improve students’ performance in the subject.

DOST-SEI invited teachers from public and private elementary and secondary schools to submit proposals on their innovations in teaching and learning of science. The technical committee observed how their proposed innovative teaching and learning resources were used in their science classes. Out of 76 proposals, nine finalists were selected for the three categories.

Innobox Search’s Technical Committee composed of science specialists and professors from Philippine Normal University visited Niogan Elementary School on September 28, 2018 and monitored the implementation of the innovation by observing classes using the innovative learning material. The committee also conducted focus group discussion with the pupils and an interview involving the school principal and the team members.

De Lara’s innovation aims to assess and develop activity sheets in Science 5 integrating climate change adaptation in the District of Pililla. The participants were able to recognize and understand the importance of environmental education in improving basic education and integrating them in lessons through localization and contextualization. His innovation brings him to become distinct in the national level. He also served as the ECOBOY of Pililla district who promotes and retain the sense of discipline on proper waste disposal.

“Di ko po ine-expect itong award, hanggang ngayon po pag-akyat ko dito sa stage iniisip ko na tulog pa ako, baka kasi nananaginip lang ako,” De Lara said. He expressed how thankful and blessed he is. He added that the support of his colleagues and family gave the courage to reap all his hard work and achievements, saying, “Salamat po sa Panginoon, salamat DOST sa experience, salamat sa inyong lahat.” (Sarah Jane P. Sarmiento, Teacher I, Niogan Elementary School, Rizal)