The Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) in cooperation with DOST Regional Offices (VI, VII & VIII) in the Visayas Cluster held the first ever STARBOOKS convention at the Oriental Leyte Hotel, Palo, Leyte on August 2-3, 2018.
STARBOOKS is short for Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS, the first Philippine S&T digital library, is a standalone information source designed to bring S&T information to the grassroots. It aims to provide S&T-based educational and learning resources in various formats to geographically-isolated schools and local government units throughout the country as well as enhance the educational competence of students in its beneficiary schools.
“Let us continue to improve and innovate STARBOOKS. Let’s create a strategy map, a strategic plan on how we improve and promote the project nationwide in the next three years”, said USec. Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, DOST Usec for Regional Operations.
“STARBOOKS is a product of hardwork and dedication of intelligent young people of today. Every library in the Philippines must have it”, added Mr. Richard P. Burgos, DOST-STII Director.
DOST-STII also awarded beneficiary institutions that have been consistent in submitting monthly reports, namely; St. Alphonsus Catholic School, Cebu Institute of Technology University and Lazi National Agricultural School in Region 7 as well as Llorente National High School in Region 8.
One of the highlights of the convention was the appearance of Ms. Hillary Diane Andales, alumna of Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHS-EVC) – winner of 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge with her winning 3-minute video on Relativity and the Equivalence of Reference Frames. The awarding ceremony was held in Mountain View, California, USA. She will take up BS Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2019.
The convention was attended by around 155 delegates from DOST key officials and representatives, deployment officers and beneficiaries in the Visayas Cluster, with majority of participants coming from the host region. Mayor Remedios L. Petilla of Palo, Leyte also graced the event.
STARBOOKS is deployed in over 2,662 sites nationwide. Interesed institutions may avail of the said project through DOST-STII (www.stii.dost.gov.ph) or visit the nearest DOST regional/provincial office in the area. (by: Sean Adrian Guardiano)