27 December 2020
The pandemic put face-to-face interactions to a halt, which means student competitions are practically ill-advised. However, given the effectiveness of competitions in building competencies among students, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) banked on the online platform in pursuing its annual robotics and engineering projects—the Tagisang Robotics: Design. Build. Play. and imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate. Competitions.
The former, which is a varsity-type robotics competition, aims to sustain the development of robotics competence among junior and senior high school students. Last year, it returned from five-year hiatus to introduce a new basketball-based game presenting more complex challenges from the previous derby grounded on soccer and sepak takraw.
December 4, 2020
The Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) would like to assure the public and all stakeholders of its continuing commitment to ensuring the safety and welfare of all our scholars amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We recently consulted with the various universities under the National Science Consortium (NSC) towards revisiting our existing policies and revising these where possible so as to help our scholars better cope with these trying times.
In particular, we are looking at ways to help our scholars receive funding in a more timely manner given the adjustments and concessions that universities have had to undertake in the wake of the pandemic. We are also revisiting our policies on the disbursement of funds so as to better provide for their needs above and beyond the demands of the classroom—an urgent concern, given how many of them have been thrust into the thick of research early in their programs.