Changes, unexpected challenges, and uncertainty––these are just a few words that best describe the year 2020. Recovery from the Taal Volcano eruption, a pandemic that put the world to a stop and forced us to pivot around the new normal, and the recent typhoons that brought immeasurable damages to thousands of lives here in our country.
In the face of what seems to be insurmountable challenges, one cannot help but look past the opportunities and solutions. Equipping oneself with the right mindset to effectively navigate through these trying times is vital. Here at APEC Schools, we breed the solution-oriented generation.
Learning beyond the classroom through the LifeLabs
What makes someone solution-oriented? People who have this mentality take an extra step in investigating the issue by formulating viable solutions and implementing/producing them to gather and process results.
APEC Schools designed a subject that lets students learn outside their classrooms. LifeLabs challenges students to seek solutions to the problems they experience or to problems that are present in their communities. Here are some of the recent LifeLabs projects from different APEC Schools branches:
In one of the school’s Marikina branches for instance, one group has invented a simple mechanism that alerts people when the flood reaches an alarming level. Students from APEC Schools Concepcion Dos produced a Flood detector as part of their LifeLabs class. The flood detector can determine if water reaches an alarming level. Once it does, the flood detector will sound an alarm and alert the entire school. Rather than merely identify the problem and accept the fact that flood is inevitable in their area, APEC Students found solutions to address the problem.
Our students are also proactive and aware of the issue of climate change. Two projects, namely the Edible Plastic Project and the Water Filter, were made to address some of the pressing climate issues in our society today.
The Edible Plastic Project
The Edible Plastic Project made by students at APEC Schools Marikina Heights challenges the idea of how we can make plastic environment-friendly. They chose to focus on the Philippines’ ranking as the third-largest polluter in the world – with plastic being the biggest contributor to this. By using simple household items such as cornstarch, glycerin, glucose, flour, and water, they created an alternative to plastic that can dissolve in water and can also be digested by sea creatures. They also pointed out that beyond being mere packaging, edible plastic can also be turned into accessories like handmade earrings and bracelets, which makes these products more sustainable. The Edible Plastic Project is a win-win plan for Mother Earth and the Filipino people.
Affordable Water Filter
APEC Schools JRU-Lipa students, on the other hand, created their version of a water filter with the hopes of bringing this essential item to everyone. The water filter purifies tap water into drinkable, clean water through different layers of filters made from common household items such as charcoal, scrub sponge, sand, and other materials. They acknowledge the problem of equal access to clean water, and their project has the potential to provide cheap alternatives to water filtration systems.
APEC Schools encourages Critical Thinking in the solution-oriented style of teaching
Critical-thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills are honed through LifeLabs among other subjects and activities in our institution. Immersion to real-life situations where analytical intelligence and sound judgment are required helps the students become ready for any challenges they may encounter outside the classroom. The Critical thinking-based learning method advances the student’s learning experience through experiential and collaborative activities. Students learn to process the information they get by thinking, asking, forming opinions, and expressing ideas – skills that unlock their full potential and lead them to real-world success.
People who seek solutions rather than just focusing only on the problems push the conversation forward. This kind of mindset, practiced at APEC Schools, prepares the students for higher learning and, ultimately, the corporate world at such an early age. The solution-oriented generation carefully identifies the problem and get things done. Confident and independent students of life who know how to go above the challenges and are ready to take action in any situation – this is the kind of generation that our society needs in this day and age.