DOST-SEI, HARI Foundation to hold science boot camp in Puerto Galera

MANILA, March 26 (PNA) — The Department of Science and Technology–Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) in partnership with the HARI Foundation Inc. will conduct a workshop on oceanography and hydrogeology for 60 high school students and teachers from 20 selected public schools in Metro Manila, Central and Southern Luzon regions at Puerto Galera, Mindoro on April 1 to 9, 2014.

The Hyundai New Thinkers Camp will provide participants an opportunity to brainstorm on ideas which could be applied into programs that would address the impact of climate change on local communities.

The nine-day science boot camp is the third phase of the Hyundai New Thinkers Circuit (HNTC) which aims to develop the next generation of Filipino scientists or “Hyundai New Thinkers” through providing hands-on learning in sciences.

“This first-of-its-kind science exploration program is one of our answers to honing tomorrow’s Filipino climate scientists and New Thinkers,” HFI President Maria Fe Perez-Agudo said.

“With the coral reefs and mountain trails of Puerto Galera as their classrooms and real scientists as their teachers, HNTC participants are given the chance to study nature and climate first-hand and gain a deeper and broader understanding of the world beyond the walls of the classroom,” she added.

The delegates will be joined by scientists and instructors from the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) led by Dr. Alette Yñiguez and the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP-NIGS) led by Dr. Carlos Primo “CP” David.

Participating schools from Metro Manila are Manila Science High School, Pateros National High School, Kasarinlan High School, Philippine Science High School-Main Campus Quezon City, Sta. Lucia High School, Taguig National High School, Rizal High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, and Valenzuela City Science High School.

Region III schools include Bataan National High School, Emilio C. Bernabe High School (Formerly Bagac High School), Mariveles National High School, Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School, Maronquillo High School, Claro M. Recto Information and Communication Technology High School, Philippine Science High School Central, and Olongapo City National High School.

The Cavite National High School, Sisters of Mary School, and Morong National High School will be representing Region IV.

Its final phase, the Hyundai New Thinkers Spotlight, will take place on May 2014 wherein 20 deserving scholars from the 60 delegates will be chosen to pursue a college degree related to environmental science. Evaluations will be based on the best community development programs that the students implemented. (PNA)