18 July 2022
The fight towards a greener and healthier environment continues.
After going virtual in 2021, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) in-person Climate Science Youth Camp (CSYC) made its comeback in the province of Camiguin, bringing its trademark deep-dive into the world of marine scientists.
The science camp, which was held from June 24 to 29, instilled key knowledge and skills that emphasize the youth’s role in addressing climate vulnerability in coastal areas, thus, the theme “Oceans in a Changing World: Building Resilience in Coastal Communities.”
Led by DOST-SEI's partner, the University of the Philippines – Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), 48 student- and teacher-campers from 16 public high schools in the province were taught about various concepts about hydrological cycle, climate change, the importance of marine ecosystem and the services and benefits it provide to coastal communities.
In the span of a week, the campers were able to experience the real-life work of marine scientists through interactive learning activities and field exposures such as water sampling, snorkeling, plankton observation, and coral reef, seagrass, and mangrove identification.
Long-time Camp Director, Dr. Aletta Yñiguez of UP MSI, said that this year’s CSYC reinforced the value of hands-on interaction between the campers and the scientists as it strengthens and enhances learning. “It gives a very different experience to the students and teachers and brings out the energy and enthusiasm of both the facilitators and the campers.”
DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo challenged the participants to apply their learning and ripple the camp’s impact in their own communities through pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
“Now more than ever, we should answer the call to strengthen our efforts and to transform our ways to make the world we live in a better one. And we, at DOST-SEI believe that the youth is not just the hope of our future, but also our partner in taking action now,” said Dr. Biyo.
The Science Camp, which has followed an evolving exposure platform since 2011, has been bridging the basics of climate science and the critical impacts experienced in coastal communities among high school students. (30)
The campers, together with UP MSI marine scientists, DOST SEI facilitators, and representatives from DepEd Camiguin and provincial government of Camiguin pose for a group photo during the closing program.
Young Camiguinons became young scientists for a day and were able to observe plankton under the microscope.
After a series of lectures and knowledge-building activities, campers experienced the field work of a marine scientist, led by camp director, Dr. Alette Yñiguez, as they snorkeled to identify coral reefs and fishes.