Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental – The 21st Century Learning Environment Model (CLEM) and the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCen), two innovations of the Department of Science and Technology, were recently showcased at the Slingshot Dumaguete 2019.
Engr. Fred P. Liza and Engr. Joseph Garcia of DOST – Metals Industry Research and Development Center, discussed AMCen. He emphasized its aim to become the country’s leading research center in 3D printing technologies, processes and materials.
It has two state-of-the-art facilities which are the Multiple Materials Platform for Additive Manufacturing (MATDEV) and the Research on Advanced Prototyping for Product Innovation and Development using Additive Manufacturing Technologies (RAPPID-ADMATEC).
Compared to traditional 3d printing facilities, AMCen has the ability to combine and optimize the use of two or more materials like ceramics and polymers to develop a product through its MATDEV facility. The center can develop more innovative designs and speed up prototyping through its RAPPID-ADMATEC facility.
Ms. Josephine Feliciano presented the 21st CLEM of the DOST Science Education Institute. The project aims to support the Department of Education’s K to 12 curriculum by setting up a classroom with strategic facilities designed to promote collaborative teaching and learning.
In the 21st CLEM, the tables and chairs are designed for mobility. Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects are more interesting using high tech equipment.
To fully integrate the 21st CLEM teaching into the curriculum, teachers are expected to attend a series of trainings on the various modules. Students also undergo similar trainings to introduce and familiarize them with the new classroom environment. These trainings include Basic Robotics and Coding, among others.
The CLEM Project is now being implemented by the DOST with the support of the Department of Education and stakeholders in some regions.
DOST Negros Oriental also exhibited the STARBOOKS also known as Science and Technology Research-based Openly Operated Kiosk Station. It is the Philippine’s 1st digital library which has received recognitions for its innovative approach in bringing quality science and technology resources to the general public, even in far flung areas.
DOST Negros Oriental collaborated with the Department of Trade and Industry here in Negros Oriental to promote the technologies and innovations of the science department to stakeholders and clients through the Slingshot event.
Other exhibitors during the event were Subida Souvenirs, PuzzleBox 3D Solutions Inc., C&E Publishing Inc., Silliman University – Technology Business Incubator, and Negros FabLab of the Negros Oriental State University.
Other speakers of the event include representatives from MSU-IIT, Servio Technologies, Philippine e-Learning Society, C&E Publishing Inc., E-Commerce University, SU-TBI, NORSU Fablab, and Puzzlebox 3D Solutions, Inc.
Slingshot Dumaguete 2019 is initiated, spearheaded and funded by the DTI. It collaborated with DOST, DICT, NOCCI and the Province of Negros Oriental. It was held at Brooke’s Place, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental in November 19, 2019. (By: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II/DOST Negros Oriental)