Over 700 Cebuano participants, composed of students and teachers, had experienced science learning on the bus as they attended lectures and laboratory activities conducted by the “Science Explorer” during its educational outreach tour in various towns of Cebu province last week.
The Science Explorer, which is part of the educational outreach project implemented by the Science Education Institute in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology – Region 7, is composed of a team of young scientists boarding a bus-type mobile science facility travelling around the country to promote heightened interest in science and technology in far-flung communities in the country.
Participating in various science lectures and hands-on activities which the young scientists on board had conducted in the science bus from March 17 through 24, 2017, were a total of 718 students and teachers in towns of Daanbantayan, Medellin, Santa Fe, and Bantayan, and the City of Lapu-Lapu.
Among the Cebu provincial schools the Science Explorer had visited were Calawisan Elementary School (Lapu-lapu City); Medellin National SHS, Curva NHS, ALTOR NHS, Kawit NHS and Medellin NHS (Medellin, Cebu); Malingin NHS, Tominhao NHS, Maya NHS, Bakhawan NHS, Bateria NHS, Luis NHS, Paypay NHS, Calape NHS, Tapilon NHS and Daanbantayan NHS (Daanbantayan, Cebu); Santa Fe Central School, Maricaban Integrated School, Santa Fe NHS ( Santa Fe, Cebu); and Bantayan Central ES, Balintawak ES, Mojon Es, Mojon Integrated School, Bantayan Science High School, Bantayan NHS, and Patao NHS (Bantayan, Cebu)
Equipped with modern science apparatus and equipment otherwise inaccessible to students in many schools, the mobile facility provides rare science learning experiences to countryside students and teachers of provincial schools with inadequate laboratory facilities.
Aside from serving as a laboratory, the Science Explorer has audio-visual equipment, interactive exhibits and other hands-on materials the participants could use to make them better appreciate the beauty of science.
The young scientists on board, who are science specialists in their respective fields, served as lecturers in the one-week activity. These lecturers and their respective fields of expertise are as follows: Ivan Roblas – Fun Mathematics & Astronomy, Angelo Cabigan – Robotics, Michelle Manglicmot – Chemical Oceanography, Peter Jeffrey Maloles – Marine Science, Loren Joy Estrebillo, Weather Science, and Pamela Louise Tolentino – Watersheds.
written by: Licinio Gingoyon