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Science learning on-the-go
DOST launches 'nuLab' to discover future scientists, innovators    

By: Allan Mauro V. Marfal, DOST-STII

By the bus, this is the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute's (DOST-SEI) latest strategy in discovering the next breed of Filipino scientists and innovators.

Called 'nuLab', this customized bus was launched Wednesday, 17 July, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City during the opening of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration.
Installed inside the nuLab are modern audio-visual and educational tools and equipment, laboratory facilities, and various learning materials useful in introducing concepts and developing skills. It can accommodate 24 students in one session and can hold two sessions per day.

The bus, according to DOST-SEI, would allow the Filipino youth to discover their potential in the various fields of Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics (STEM) and eventually pursue courses and careers along these lines.

At the end of every session, students are encouraged students to apply for the undergraduate scholarship program through a strategic campaign called "#Push4science : Maging DOST Scholar Ka!"

Dr. Josette T. Biyo said that 98 percent of the municipalities all over the country have already at least one DOST scholar. "This is a testament that many young Filipinos are interested in pursuing S& careers," she said.

"As the nuLab hits the road, it is our way of reaching out to every young Filipino in different sides of the country. It is also our way of providing them access to various advanced learning tools in the field of science and technology," said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.

nuLab is the second mobile learning facility of DOST-SEI after the success of the Science Explorer project which has served 32,000 students in more than 100 municipalities.

Scientists and former DOST scholars, namely astrophysicist Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, marine biologist Dr. Aletta YƱiguez, entomologist Dr. Aimee Lynn Dupo, Engr. Myra Ruth Poblete, Engr. Angelo Javier, Charmaine Villanueva-Villamil, Pamela Tolentino, Ana Jamille Restubog, Jomar Rabajante, Gilbert Zamora, Nico Mendoza, Garry Jay Montemayor, Seymour Sanchez, Timothy James Dimacali, Shaira Panela, among others, designed the modules for the NuLab sessions.