Having witnessed elementary and high schools students showcase their “genius play” in the recently held 13th Philippine Robotics Olympiad (PRO), Science Education Institute Director Dr. Josette Biyo expressed optimism in the future of robotics in the country.
Watching in the sideline of a miniature soccer court where robots made by high school robot enthusiasts aimed for goals while elementary wizards demonstrate some of their innovative robot creations in their respective booths, Biyo said she was amazed by how far the robotics program in many schools in the country has developed.
“In the Philippines, there is a lot of interest and potential for robotics. We can mention the winnings we had in both the local and international robotics competitions as proofs. We can also highlight the increased participation of schools in various robotics contests as another sign that the field is indeed on the rise,” said Biyo.
Third year college students who are currently enrolled in priority science and technology courses may apply for the Junior Level Science Scholarships (JLSS) Program under the new Republic Act 10612 or the “Fast-Tracked Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 2013”.
The Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is now accepting applications for the said scholarship to enable graduates of the program to teach in secondary schools after graduation, as stipulated in the newly-passed law.
Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of DOST-SEI, said the Program seeks to address the shortage of quality teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in secondary schools.
Students and teachers in Dagupan and those in other areas of Pangasinan will be the first to experience an event that is devoted to the science of robotics.
The Science Education Institute (SEI) and the City Government of Dagupan (CGD) through its leaders, Dr. Josette T. Biyo and Honorable Mayor Belen T. Hernandez, inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to bring together the 1stDagupan City Robotics Science Fair in November.
The collaboration, which aims to inculcate scientific innovation and robotics learning among the kids of Dagupan City and other areas of Pangasinan, is an outcome of a partnership that started when SEI celebrated the World Space Week in the city in 2011.