04 October 2017

Young Cebuanos are bound to be awed by the wonders of space.

This, as the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) brings the World Space Week (WSW) to Cebu City for a two-day celebration from 4-5 October 2017.

Annually celebrated every 4-10 October, the space week is done to converge students and educators to learn more about space science and its benefits to humankind. The United Nations General Assembly declared the institutionalization of the celebration in 1999. In the country, DOST-SEI leads the commemoration of the WSW through its Philippine Space Science Education Program (PSSEP).

This year's WSW is marked with the theme "Exploring New Worlds in Space" putting forth the essence of space explorations being done to discover new celestial bodies particularly Erath-like planets. 

SEI Director, Dr. Josette Biyo, said the celebration in Cebu is to intensify the impact of the PSSEP and to reach wider audiences in space related activities.

“This is to ensure that we touch on critical audiences as so far, the WSW has primarily reached Metro Manila and Luzon provinces like Dagupan and Palawan. This is the first in the Visayas and we hope to reach more areas for us to really urge students that there are opportunities in space science,” she said.  

The 2017 WSW will be highlighted by activities such a Lecture on Opportunities for Space Science in the Philippines by astrophysicist Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, an On-the-spot Poster Making Contest, and the annual National Water Rocket Competition.  The winning team in the latter will represent the country in the Water Rocket Launching event at the 24th Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) in November to be held in Bangalore, India. 

“As we move forward with our plans for the establishment of our own space agency, starting with the launch of our microsatellite, Diwata-1, we hope that this celebration makes our people appreciate more the value of space science and technology applications,” Biyo disclosed. (30)