Science teachers gain edge with orientation on lab techniques

By Development Communication Section

To better guide students in conducting science research projects, 20 science teachers from various schools in Iloilo reviewed the concepts and purposes of various laboratory technologies and procedures during a recent technical seminar.

The seminar, conducted by Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center / Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD), gathered 20 high school science teachers to encourage them to properly integrate the laboratory techniques in the design of their students’ research projects.

“Most students who avail certain analyses are not aware about what these analyses are designed for,” said Norwell Bautista, a microscopist at SEAFDEC/AQD’s Laboratory for Advanced Aquaculture Technologies who spoke during the seminar.

The seminar featured lectures on electron microscopy, both for scanning and transmission, and chemical and microbiological examinations of biological, water and soil samples.

“Awareness of the various type of analytical procedures can empower a research teacher in advising their students as to what analysis is best fit for their research objectives,” said Dr. Leobert de la Peña, head of SEAFDEC/AQD’s Research Division, as he addressed the attendees.

SEAFDEC/AQD is host to a group of laboratories in Tigbauan, Iloilo with a wide range of capabilities in microbiology, molecular endocrinology, genetics, algal production, feed technology, and aquaculture disease research.

The seminar was in line with SEAFDEC/AQD’s mandates to work closely with the academe by providing assistance in their scientific research. SEAFDEC/AQD offers all the aforementioned laboratory services. To know more, call (033) 511-9170 loc. 1111 and look for Engr. Margarita Arnaiz.

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