THE Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DoST-SEI) relaunched its mobile science laboratory, nuLab, for senior high school (SHS) students in its first road trip to Northern Iloilo after a pandemic-forced hiatus.
It visited schools in the municipalities of Anilao, Barotac Viejo and Estancia.
The nuLab bus carries hands-on science activities for learners, facilitated by some of the country's top scientists. It offers advanced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) modules focusing on emerging science courses to provide students with a glimpse of careers in the field.
Modules offered on the nuLab include Aerospace Engineering, Earthquake “The Big One: Handa ka na Ba?,” Entomology “Dalubkulisapan,” Oceanography, Nanotechnology, MathSaya Magdrawing: Bezier Curves, Arduino Programming, The History of Science, Astronomy, Science Filmmaking, Science Communication, Lego EV3 Robotics, Nuclear Science, and Science Media Literacy.
Each session on the mobile laboratory lasts for about three hours, limited to 24 participants.
The components of the mobile laboratory were carefully designed, featuring an interactive board, individual monitor for students, laboratory equipment and wireless sensors, among others.
“While nuLab emphasizes STEM education and careers, the modules are designed to develop students' soft skills, particularly in communication, collaboration and creativity. Concepts and approaches in the arts are integrated, especially in modules such as Science Filmmaking and Science Communication, giving participants the advantage of getting acquainted with STEM and Steam (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) career paths,” DoST-SEI said.
DoST-SEI Director Josette Biyo encouraged students to participate in the activities on the mobile laboratory to “learn by doing” and reflect on their experiences.
Project leader of nuLab Candy Ilaw said that through this program, DoST-SEI hopes to change the misconception that science and mathematics are intimidating subjects.
“It helps to have a pool of young, competent, and humble scientists and educators as facilitators [on board the nuLab],” she added.
Ilaw also shared that their team is working on expanding modules offered on the nuLab to include health sciences, chemistry, programming and other fields, as well as having more facilitators and upgrading and integrating the facilities.
The nuLab bus is slated to travel to Quezon Province and coastal areas in the Bicol region for the second half of 2022 and is set to sail to Mindanao in 2023 to visit schools in fourth- and fifth-class municipalities in Surigao, Agusan, Zamboanga and Davao Oriental.
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