Pupils wave flaglets as they welcome the group with songs
Pupils wave flaglets as they welcome the group with songs

Excited children circle the STARBOOKS with curiosity
Curious children circle the STARBOOKS with excitement

Photo op with the teachers and DOST personnel together with SunLife Foundation representatives
Photo op with the teachers and DOST personnel together with SunLife Foundation representatives

Groupie!
Groupie!

Another public elementary schools in northern Cebu towns have received digital information kiosks called STARBOOKS as a result of successful collaboration among the Department of Science and Technology 7, DOST-STII and its private sector partners.

Children’s Hour Philippine Foundations, Sun Life Foundation, DOST-STII and DOST 7 joined hands to install STARBOOKS in a public school in Daanbantayan, Cebu, and three other public schools in Medellin, Cebu, as four turnover ceremonies for the purpose were held in a row on October 12, 2017.

The four latest recipients of STARBOOKS in Region 7 were Bateria Elementary School in Daanbantayan, Cebu, as well as Kawit Elementary School, Panugnawan Elementary School, and Daanglungsod Elementary School in Medellin, Cebu.

STARBOOKS, which stands for “Science & Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Station”, is a standalone digital information kiosk which serves as a “one-stop repositories for science and technology and livelihood information” that could be digitally accessed by users without the need for online use.

A nation-wide project of the DOST-STII, STARBOOKS is one of DOST’s strategies in making S&T information accessible and available to our citizens especially those in the countryside. This self-contained computer system serves as a one stop shop digital compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world. It is composed of three of basic component parts – the kiosk, the computer unit, and the software.

DOST-STII partners, the Children’s Hour Philippine Foundations and Sun Life Foundation donated the computer units and the kiosks, while DOST-STII provided the software.

Geenette Garcia, Children’s Hour executive director, said the assistance provided by DOST is a recognition of the foundation’s efforts at promoting digital literacy among students by providing schools with digital science libraries. She said the foundation has been honored by this recognition and is committed to implement the project in other parts of Cebu and in Iloilo.

Children’s Hour is a non-profit organization that raises funds for the benefit of the marginalized Filipino Children throughout the country.

 

written by: Licinio Gingoyon