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Monday, 5 June 2023

DOST turns over STARBOOKS to rural schools in Surigao Norte

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Science and Technology – Surigao del Norte successfully turned over four units of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) to beneficiary public schools in LASICAM Cluster, Gigaquit town in Surigao del Norte on May 29, 2023. The recipients of the digital library include the teachers and students of Lahi Elementary School, Nuevo Campo Elementary School, Camam-onan Elementary School, and LASICAM-Perral National High School.

STARBOOKS is the first Philippine digital science library that functions as an offline library for students. Inside are digitized technology resources, research and dissertations, investigatory projects, video lessons in science and math subjects, and more materials for instruction and research.

The deployment of the STARBOOKS is one of the components of DOST-SDN’s interventions for the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) under its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program. The project aims to promote Science and Technology (S&T) culture and improve the educational system in remote areas of the province, particularly in LASICAM Cluster, offering a gateway to a vast realm of knowledge and information for students and educators alike.

During the ceremonial turnover held at the Provincial Research, Innovation, and Science Museum (PRISM) in Surigao City, DOST-SDN Provincial Director Mariel P. Makinano presented the overall feature, content overview, and different platforms of the STARBOOKS technology.

Representatives of benefitting schools were then capacitated by the DOST-SDN technical personnel on STARBOOKS system management. The hands-on training and demonstration covered generating reports, teaching students to create accounts, and navigating resources for smooth use of the digital library.

The STARBOOKS technology was developed by DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) to create interest in the field of Science and Technology especially in the countryside; encourage great and curious minds to develop new ideas, inventions, and innovations; and inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research.

With more digital libraries installed in the province, DOST-Surigao del Norte hopes to spark interest in science and technology especially in far-flung communities. (DOST-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)