STARBOOKS webinar series for STEM teachers launched


The Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute has launched a three-part webinar series to equip science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers with the knowledge, skills, and techniques for the latest learning modalities including the use of the Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks (Starbooks).

The webinars are conducted as part of the yearlong celebration of Starbooks 9th anniversary in partnership with the Unilab Foundation through the Center for Integrated STEM Education, Inc. (Cistem), a Unilab Foundation spin-off program that leads in working and collaborating with the government and other agencies in delivering quality STEM education and linking it to STEM careers.

“The webinar series is only part of what we intend to do under the new normal to augment the educational needs of our students. Starbooks is a perfect tool that offers a myriad of information on science, technology, and innovation in support of the STEM curriculum. And what is good about Starbooks is that it can be accessed even offline,” said DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos.

The first of the webinar series is entitled, “Reframing STEM education for the new normal, which was held on July 29 via Facebook Live.

The lecturer was Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola, professor III University of the Philippines Diliman-College of Education Science Education Area, Division of Curriculum and Instruction and Cistem Executive Director.

The next webinar series is entitled, “Remote STEM teaching for diverse learners: An education continuity how-to” set on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. also via Facebook Live at the DOST Starbooks official FB page.

The lecturer is Tristan C. Orbeta, assistant professor from UP-Diliman College of Education Science Education Area.

The last series is entitled “Assessment at a distance: Ensuring learning from afar” that will be streamed on Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. via Facebook Live at the DOST Starbooks official FB page.

The webinar will be facilitated by Melvin T. Magsayo, Science Teacher III, Senior High School Department, Iligan City National High School and Cistem Deputy Director.

Starbooks, popularly referred to as the library-in-a-box, is an award-winning knowledge and learning resource of the Institute to provide students and teachers with greater access to the latest science, technology, and innovation information to supplement their textbooks and learning tools.

Since its launch in 2011, Starbooks has been installed in 4,822 sites all over the country.

To further bridge the gap in the access to STI information, the DOST-STII also launched recently the Starbooks mobile app, enabling users to be updated on the latest technologies and innovations developed by Filipino scientists, researchers, and engineers.

Those interested in the Starbooks webinar series can get the details on how to participate by visiting