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An Afternoon of Science with the Lumads

October 30,2018

True to its vision –mission of Science education as a social responsibility, the Science Department and Science Laboratory gave a science workshop to a group of young and adult Lumads on October 15, 2018 in the SSC Biology Laboratory Room.

The workshop revolved around an invention that led to the development and progress of the study of the microscopic world of life and revolutionized the field of Biology, which is the microscope.  The Lumads, both young and old, were each provided with a simple compound microscope for them to have a feel of the instrument by allowing them  to “caress”,  “look at” and even “ listen” to the whole microscope since most,  if not all of them had  never seen a real microscope  or used it. This initial experience is using a strategy in teaching which is called “sensory–stimulation technique.”  To the delight of Prof. Salve Dorado, the speaker and workshop facilitator,  Ms. Gina Beldad and Ms Camille Pascua, the  laboratory assistants who prepared all the needed equipment and slides,  all of the participants responded with  smiles on their faces and some curious, happy sounds  . Then, the students were given a lecture on the brief history of the discovery of the microscope and other more sophisticated types of microscopes. 

A participatory demonstration on the parts and functions of the microscope and how to focus the microscope provided hands–on opportunities for the participants to independently manipulate the microscope. As an application of   what they learned, the participants were asked to focus under the microscope, different prepared slides consisting of sections of  plant roots, leaves , frog’s ovary, human skin, muscles and other organs.  The participants were amazed to see all of these ,  for the first time,  through the microscope. They were fascinated most by the symmetry of arrangement of the birds’ feathers which we just take for granted but highlighted through a view under the microscope.  Stewardship was integrated by explaining to the students the proper ways of taking care of the microscope.

The workshop ended with a song from the Lumads. It was a very fulfilling experience especially to the facilitator and the laboratory assistants to be of help to the Lumads and make the Science Laboratory a part of their learning experience. Thanks to Sr. Roselita Geronimo, OSB, the Science Laboratory Supervisor, for making the laboratory facilities and equipment well maintained not only for the Scholastican community but also for our indigenous people. 

by Salve-Lindio Dorado