In a bid to make innovation within reach to students from far-flung areas, the Department of Science and Technology here in Negros Oriental brought STARBOOKS to Bayog High School in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on October 9, 2019.
Students and teachers got a chance to interact with the Philippine’s first science digital library -STARBOOKS. STARBOOKS or Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and video/audio) placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface.
It’s a standalone Information kiosk, hence, information access is possible even without an internet connection. The information available is read-only. It is a compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world – a one-stop S&T information source. It features videos dubbed “Tamang DOSTkarte Livelihood Videos” to stimulate every Filipino’s entrepreneurial capacity.
The school is hoping that all its computers under the DepED Computerization Program (DCP) will be connected with STARBOOKS in order to maximize its use. Bayog National High School Principal Francisca Villocillo said that she aims to include STARBOOKS in here priority plans for the next school year. The school also received IEC materials from DOST Negros Oriental.
In another development, a review class for those who will be taking the DOST Science Education Institute Scholarship Examination was held in Jose Cardenas Memorial National High School in Panubigan, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on the same date.
The move aims to increase the awareness of the students on the nature of the exam thereby increase their probability of passing the actual scholarship examination.
A total of 34 students participated in the review class. The S&T Undergraduate Scholarships Program aims to stimulate and entice talented Filipino youths to pursue lifetime productive careers in science and technology and ensure a steady, adequate supply of qualified S&T human resources which can steer the country towards national progress. Should the student qualify for the scholarship, the student will receive a P7,000 monthly stipend on top of other benefits. (By: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, DOST Negros Oriental)