13 December 2012
Sen. Pia leads unveiling of ‘Rock It Science Bus’ in Taguig
Recognizing the need to support science and technology education, especially among young students, Senator Pia Cayetano led the unveiling of the ‘Rock It Science Bus’ at a public school in Taguig City on Friday.
Described as a mobile, interactive science laboratory, Rock it Science Bus is a joint project of Sen. Cayetano and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in cooperation with the Taguig City government under Mayor Lani Cayetano.
Proponents of the project hope to bring the science bus to public school students, not only in Metro Manila, but also in nearby provinces.
Of the country’s 45,977 public elementary and high schools, only 5,821 (13%) have science laboratories, according to the Enhanced Basic Education Information System of the Department of Education (DepEd) as of school year 2011-201.
Many government-run schools are underequipped when it comes to science education. This means that many public school students do not get to experience and discover the fun of learning from hands-on science experiments in a real laboratory set-up.
The huge gap indicates the need to raise the level of science and technology education in the public school system. But this would involve huge investments in equipment, modules and training.
The Rock It Science Bus Team is composed of a science teacher, a teacher’s assistant, a driver and a driver’s assistant. The bus is equipped with a periscope, microscopes, computer tablets, robot kit, vex protobot, LED television, DVD player, solar panel, and laboratory materials including flasks, test tubes, and balance scales, among others.
Students will be able to perform guided experiments inside the bus. Computer tablets lent to each student will serve as their guide for the different experiments. #