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07 April 2016

For the third time in four years, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) annual Science Camp will be held in the majestic coasts of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.

Forty students and 20 teachers from 20 selected public schools in Regions IV-B, V, VI, and VIII will gather for a series of lectures and experiential learning activities about oceanography and climate science from April 8 to 13.

This year’s theme, “The Ocean and Climate Change: A Climate for Change”, emphasizes the negative effects of climate change especially in the country’s ocean resources and the role of science in adapting to the impacts

Joining the 60 delegates are scientists and instructors from the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP MSI) led by Camp Director Dr. Aletta Yñiguez as well as scientists from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA).

SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo said Puerto Galera remains a perfect venue for the Science Camp as it provides the habitat for rich marine organisms and showcase the risks posed by human activities, such as tourism, for the participants to study and analyze. She cited linking the values between preservation and conservation as key aspects in climate change adaptation.

“The Science Camp has been one of our most effective platforms in encouraging the youth to get into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses as many of those who participated before are now enrolled in STEM fields while some are our DOST Scholars. It is one way that we are able to make them realize their role in the changing climate and empower them with basic skills to survive the risks they face in their communities,” said Biyo.

Organized in 2010, the Science Camp seeks to integrate the usual modules focused in marine science with the emerging concepts in climate science. Participants will also be trained on the basics of weather observation and actual demonstration of television-style weather forecasting. Field exposure trips in the sea grass, mangrove, and coral communities will serve as the highlight of the Camp. Finally, the Campers will do a community immersion activity, which, according to Biyo, “will connect the science aspect of learning to the society”.

Students and teachers from selected high schools in Mindoro, Masbate, Antique, Iloilo, Sorsogon, Tacloban, Eastern Samar, and Catanduanes will converge in Oriental Mindoro as they experience a unique taste of the life of oceanography and metrology. (30)