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Interest in science may rise significantly among pupils and students with the formal opening of Philippines Science Centrum’s traveling exhibits dubbed “Science Sparks” at the Cagayan State University Carig Campus on July 22.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST), the developer and promoter of science centrums in the country, Science Sparks is one of five travelling exhibits that showcase a new process of science-learning system through participatory, interactive and hands-on display and educational programs.
This year, according to Ms May M. Pagsinohin, executive director of PFST, the travelling exhibits center on energy.
“What we are launching today will let you learn more about energy and other related topics,” the director told some 5,000 students, pupils, teachers, and school administrators from CSU and from its adopted elementary and high schools in a program held at the CSU Carig’s Red Eagle Gymnasium, the venue of this year’s exhibits.
She said the exhibits, which is supported by the Department of Education as it complements its K to 12 program, is believed to have inspired the curiosity of students and pupils in science.
A study, she said, showed that 67 percent of the pupils who visited the travelling exhibits expressed their interest to be scientists someday.
Science Sparks will run until Aug. 22 and is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
CSU Carig Campus Executive Officer Dr. Arthur G. Ibanez said the exhibits is expected to be visited everyday by 1,000 students and pupils from the provinces that make up Region 2 and from Ilocos, Apayao and Kalinga.
Visitors are charged an admission fee of P50, which, according to CEO Ibanez, goes to the science and technology programs and activities of the campus and to PFST.
DOST Regional Office 2 Director Urduja Tejada said the exhibits is “a good sign for all of us as we can see the application of science and technology in our lives and in the society.”
She invited everyone including school administrators and parents to see and experience the different exhibits.“There is so much to learn from here and I hope that those learnings will not just be left on the corners of this centrum, rather it will be of good use to the Philippines,” said regional chief, who is also a member of the CSU Board of Regents.