Rizal: The Science Hero

By: Christian Mespher A. Hernandez

“In 2020, every child is a skilled microscope user.”

Not so long ago, it was SIM Tech 2010, a robot made of wood and recycled materials which contains different science lessons and instructional kits. Now, Metrobank Foundation 2012 Outstanding Teacher awardee Rizal Vidallo comes up with e-Carscope 2020, a multi-purpose electronic wooden car equipped with a microscope to empower the learners’ inquisitiveness and to offer new dimensional learning in Science and Health.

Gone are the days when microscope and other science equipments had a notion of just being stored in the cabinet for a long period of time. The brilliant idea is to bring the laboratory closer to the kids rather than letting them occupy a very limited science learning area. Vidallo believes that creating a mobile laboratory can be the best means to cater learning services to pupils.

Using e-Carscope 2020, Vidallo, a Master Teacher I of Anabu II Elementary School – DepEd Imus City, aims to provide new concepts through the use of three important components. First, the use of a compact device which offers a package of simple yet practical electronic gadgets. Second, the wooden toy car image derived from the top choice of children to play with. Lastly, the use of microscope as a vital science instrument in dealing complex—yet easy to learn—competencies.

e-Carscope 2020

The new SIM was based on the top three least mastered competencies in Science and Health VI of 256 Anabu II ES examinees in the 2013 National Achievement Test (NAT). The results were as follows: 61% failed to comprehend item no. 9 which is to identify major parts of the nervous system and their functions; 16% under item no. 2 which is to describe the distinctive characteristics of planets in the solar system; and 15.2% of item no. 8 which is to explain how the respiratory system works.

Embedded in e-Carscope 2020 are electronic devices such as laptop, I-pad mini, LCD projector, voice recorder, CDs of lessons and mini-speakers to provide audio-visual effects. It is powered by a motorcycle battery or a recycled electric car motor with remote control for lights and mobility. Its body is made up of a recycled wooden cart that can serve as a compartment and/or a filing cabinet. Of course, it would not be complete without the compound microscope for experiment purposes.

The activities used by e-Carscope2020 will help the learners grasp the three magic e’s of Science: explore, expose, and experience. With e-Carscope 2020, the learning outcomes, especially the NAT results, are expected to produce very satisfactory results. Also, learning will be more appealing and evident through pupil-centered, do-it-yourself experiments.

So far, e-Carscope 2020 has already received recognition as champion in the 11th Regional Science Quest and Science Camp held at Antipolo National High School, Antipolo City on Nov. 17, 2013 and 5th place in the 11th National Science Quest and Science Camp on Feb. 7-9, 2014 at Teachers’ Camp, Baguio City. More than the recognition, Vidallo said he is happy to contribute in spreading the love for the wonderful world of Science.

May recognition man o wala, ang mahalaga ay makatulong tayo para mas lalong matutunan ng mga bata ang Agham... Kailangan talaga maging innovative sa pagtuturo para makasabay tayo sa hamon ng mundo,” Vidallo said.

The 37-year-old pride of Magallanes, Cavite, just would not stop in formulating ways to entice his pupils to learn and love Science. His advocacy continues. After all, he was named after the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, who hails from Calamba, Laguna. It’s a pretty coincidence that they are both from CALABARZON, the region where excellence is a culture. Cheers to our Rizals!

e-Carscope 2020 at work
HOW IT WORKS. Mr. Rizal M. Vidallo (second from left) demonstrates how to use his e-Carscope 2020 and explains its importance to City Mayor Emmanuel L. Maliksi (extreme left), OIC-SDS Dr. Lualhati O. Cadavedo (second from right), former Imus I District Supervisor Mrs. Dalisay S. Esguerra and to a crowd of Imuseños during a flag-raising ceremony the city plaza.