The Science Explorer, the country’s first and only mobile science learning facility, kicked-off 2013 by celebrating Valentine’s day thru fun learning with students of Malabon. 

Armed with new Science modules on basic programming and internet for research, the team from the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) engaged 90 students from Longos National High School in interactive lessons and unique experiments on the said topics. The one-day session also featured the crowd favorite Robotics module. 

This is the second visit of the Science Explorer in Malabon. 

DOST-SEI Director Dr. Filma Brawner said the team deemed the activity “strategic” in introducing new topics focused on information and communications technology (ICT) to students. 

“For the past years, we have been developing new and timely modules to add to the ones we have been presenting to students. This time we thought of centering on ICT given the fact that this generation is tied to things like the internet and social media sites,” Brawner said. 

Brawner added that the modules will teach the students on the right use of internet for education and research, and shall help them gain basic skills in computer programming. 

“We know that information technology is a popular profession nowadays and that’s because there is a demand for such job. Teaching the students some skills will help them, not only learn basics about programming, but also think of going into the field when they go to college,” said Brawner. 

Jamie Marie Esguerra, a fourth year student from Longos NHS, said the experience was unique as it tackled science in a fun manner. 

“May bago po akong natutunan sa computer at programming sa bus kaya lalo akong naging mahilig sa science,” she said. (I learned new things about computer and programming inside the bus so my interest in science goes higher.) 

The Science Explorer is designed to address the lack and insufficiency of science laboratory equipment in schools. 

“We look forward to continue bringing effective yet fun science learning to students in the country in hopes of persuading them to go into sciences and help this country develop,” Brawner remarked. (30)