How would you feel if you can experience in Siquijor a leading, if not the leading, science camp in the country? For students and teachers, a science camp filled with fun and interactive science-related activities would surely highlight their summer vacation.
This was what the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) did recently, in cooperation with the DOST Siquijor Provincial Science and Technology Center (DOST Siquijor PSTC), DOST Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST PAGASA), and the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines (UP MSI).
With the theme “Oceans and climate towards a resilient planet”, this year’s science camp retains the high quality of science camp which has been running annually since its inception in 2010. Due to the moratorium on field trips issued the Department of Education, the supposed weeklong in-house Science Camp with 60 participants coming from selected regions has been cancelled. Instead, the team visited Leon Parami High School, Cabulihan Integrated School, Banban National High School and Siquijor Provincial Science High School on 17-20 April 2017, respectively.
Students and teachers alike participate in the whole day of hands-on science activities and lectures loaded with some of the coolest experiments and games imaginable! Plus, participants got to interact with real life scientists!
The said science boot camp aims to encourage the participating junior high school students to develop interest in the fields of marine science and meteorology so they can eventually pursue degrees and careers in these fields.
At the end of the day, the students echoed awareness and interest in the larger world around them especially about climate and our oceans. It was a day to remember and guaranteed to have become one of the highlights of their summer!
It is also interesting to note that the Science Camp was held in the Visayas (simultaneously in Siquijor and Negros Oriental) for the first time.