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.
02 October 2017
A STORY TO REMEMBER. Dr. Nestor Acala, former DOST-SEI Scholar, left the much of the audience teary-eyed as he shared his struggles as a student from a poor family in Marawi City and the transformation his life had with the scholarship program. He now teaches at the Mindanao State University – Marawi to serve young students who share the same struggles he had before.
The country’s science and technology human resources development arm showcased its milestones and recognized its key partners as it celebrated its pearl anniversary.
Bannering the theme “Service. Excellence. Innovation.”, the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) highlighted its contributions in creating a critical mass of science professionals since its foundation in 1987 through a string of events. The activities included a reunion of former scholars branded as “Together Again,” a teachers’ forum entitled “Training Educators to Become Nurturing and Transforming Agents,” and a recognition program for the Institute’s Scholarship Champions, Institutional Pillars, and Individual Cornerstones, all held from 27-28 September, respectively, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. SEI also showcased its milestones over the years through an exhibit.
According to SEI Director, Dr. Josette Biyo, the celebration was a “give back” to the organizations and individuals who helped in fulfilling its mandate of producing a critical mass of scientists and engineers.
10 August 2017
With a successful first run last year, the Department Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) taps the expertise of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) College of Mass Communication (CMC) to take its pioneering science film-making contest a notch higher.
During the program launch of the 2nd Indie-Siyensya Film-Making Competition held on 11 August 2017 at the UP CMC Auditorium, DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo thanked the College for lending their knowledge in “making the competition a visual scientific feast” and an effective medium for science learning.
“This collaboration is a welcome development for this truly innovative program that emphasizes the value of the audio-visual medium in science education,” she said.
The competition, which was first launched late in 2015, focuses on promoting communication of scientific concepts through the film platform. The project hopes to spark creativity and build a culture of science among the youth and young professionals. High school and college students as well as some science practitioners attended the launch.