Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA students enjoyed a day of fun, games, and competition during the annual Basic Education Day on September 26. They showed their knowledge, talents, and capabilities and displayed STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in action through problem-based learning.
The event features one of the biggest chess tournaments in Cebu City with about 280 pairs of players facing off against each other at the University Coliseum. The 7-round Swiss chess tournament is facilitated by Mark Mangubat, an arena grand master and SWU PHINMA’s Chess Sports Club coach together with international chess arbiter, Felix Poloyapoy Jr.
This is part of SWU PHINMA’s initiative called Chess Time in which students are required to attend to a scheduled number of chess hours every week, giving them the opportunity to earn badges for every win and to enjoy and master chess under the spirit of sportsmanship.
Chess Time, one of the initiatives under the STEM-based curriculum being implemented this school year for Grades 1 to 7, is designed to teach students 21st century skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, computational thinking, decisiveness, and wise judgment.
“Chess teaches the kids all these skills while developing their focus, discipline, and strategic thinking. It is one gateway for STEM education, and our chess program in the school is the path through that gateway for our budding future grandmasters,” said Glenda Roble, Basic Education principal.
Another highlight of the Basic Education Day is the STEM Cosplay and Design Thinking Challenge of the Kinder students.
“We challenge our students to expand their imagination while learning to sharpen critical and creative thinking,” said Roble.
For more information about Southwestern University PHINMA’s Basic Education Department (Elementary and Junior High School), contact +63 (32) 416 4680 loc. 184 or visit www.swu.edu.ph. ###
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