The Science Education Institute (SEI), the science and technology human resources development agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), will mark its 25th anniversary this year with a culminating celebration in September aimed at showcasing the Institute's milestone achievements and future directions in its commitment to advance the state of science education in the country.
With the theme "Enabling the Next Generation through Innovations in Science Education", SEI lined up several activities to celebrate the innovations in science education that the agency has implemented from 1987 to 2012. The activities aim to inspire the Filipino people to continue working on enabling the youth to value S&T as a way of life, and for policy-makers and science educators to push for S&T education reforms and innovations.
The Science Explorer, the Philippines first and only mobile science interactive learning facility, will bring to high school students of Camarines Norte in June the historic viewing of the last Venus Transit of this lifetime.
Dr. Filma G. Brawner, Director of the Science Education Institute – Department of Science and Technology, the government’s lead agency in science and technology human resource development, said the Venus Transit Roadtrip of the Science Explorer to Camarines Norte, which will be on June 6 and conducted on the shores of Bagasbas in Daet, will highlight the importance of astronomy and entice students to take on careers in science in the future.
Despite being rookies in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League World Festival, the Philippine Robotics team—composed of high schools students from Bulacan—bested 76 other teams with their anti-botcha (anti-double dead meat) robot and bagging the 3rd Best Project Presentation last 25-28 April 2012 at St. Louisiana, Missouri, USA.
Determined to follow through their success in February during the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Philippines when they won three of the five major awards, Team DYCI Blue Ocean 10 from the Dr. Yanga’s College, Inc. (DYCI) in Bulacan leaned on their Meat’s Anti-Germs and Infection Solution Version 2 (MAGIS Version 2) invention to top more than 70 teams from other countries, of which 40 are from the U.S. MAGIS Version 2 is a robot they created using LEGO NXT controllers which can detect contaminated meat.
Some 57 students and teachers from 19 S&T Oriented High Schools in Regions 4A, 4B and 5 got a taste of the country’s rich marine life as they become junior marine scientists during the 2012 Marine Science Camp last 14-18 April at the UP Marine Science Laboratory in Bolinao, Pangasinan.
With this year’s theme iSea: Peek. Plunge. Peer. “Immersing to the depths of the sea, emerging to take the lead in the science community”, the Camp challenged the incoming fourth-year students with their mentors through lectures and hands-on laboratory and on-site field activities in hopes of motivating them to pursue science and technology (S&T) careers.