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15 April 2015

From the coast Puerto Galera and off to the shores of Zambales.

The annual Science Camp organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) will once again gather 60 high school students and teacher delegates from 20 selected public schools in Regions I, II, III and CAR for a real-world climate science learning experience in Sta. Rita, Masinloc, Zambales on 13-21 April this year. 

With the theme “The Ocean in a Warming World”, the Youth Camp aims to challenge the incoming fourth-year students and their mentors through lectures and hands-on laboratory and on-site field activities to inspire them to pursue science and technology (S&T) careers and ultimately become scientists in the future.

Joining the 60 delegates are scientists, researchers, and instructors from the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and De la Salle University Araneta.

SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo underscored the urgency and relevance of the Camp with the country having experienced severe changes in climate leading to recor-breaking disasters in the past three years. She said, “Exposing the kids to real-life scientific work and problems should give them an early edge in the field of science that will help them lean towards picking the field when they go to college.”

“The Science Camp has always been one of SEI’s ways to develop tomorrow’s scientists and engineers,” said Biyo. “The marine environment in Masinloc will be a perfect classroom and laboratory for the participants for them to broaden their knowledge and experience in climate science.” 

Since its inception in 2010, the Science Camp has featured series of lectures on general introduction to marine science, sea safety and survival knots, rope management, and underwater photography and video documentary. This year, climate science topics will be combined with the aforementioned modules. Participants will also be given field activities including a community immersion of which participants shall be asked to report at the end of the camp.

Participating schools include: Zambales National High School, Baler NHS, Rofulo M. Landa HS, San Salvador HS, Morong NHS, Aurora NHS, Casiguran NHS, Dipaculao NHS, Bani NHS, Pasaleng NHS, Cabittaogan NHS, Sanchez Mira School of Arts and Trades, Sanchez Mira NHS, Sta. Ana Fishery National High School NHS, Cordillera Regional Science HS, Philippine Science HS – Cagayan Valley Campus, PSHS – Cordillera Administrative Region Campus, and PSHS – Ilocos Region Campus.

Biyo said the schools were strategically selected to develop students from the northern regions of Luzon that constantly face threats from typhoons.

“We consciously want climate scientists emerging from critical regions in the country as we found in our recent Human Resources in Science and Technology study that most of our S&T workers are in the metropolises of Manila, Cebu and Davao,” stressed Biyo. (30)