STARBOOKS: A bridge to S&T information access


STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) is a stand-alone information source designed to reach those with limited or no access to S&T information resources. The project aims to provide STI (Science, Technology, and Innovation)-based content in various formats to students and other constituents in geographically isolated and economically challenged schools and communities throughout the country. STARBOOKS contains hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and video/audio) placed in specially design “pods” set in a user-friendly interface.

With the continuous support of Senator Joel Villanueva, implementation of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), digital science libraries are installed in selected schools in the Region III.

Through the Provincial Science and Technology Center-Nueva Ecija (PSTC-NE), Congresswoman Estrelita Suansing and Ms. Michaela Suansing requested 10 units of STARBOOKS to school-beneficiaries in District 1, Nueva Ecija last February 2-3, 2022, namely: Restituto Peria National High school, Vicente R. Bumanlag Sr. National High School, Zaragoza National High School, Tabacao National High School, Eduardo L. Joson Memorial High school, Triala National High school, Sto. Rosario National High school, Nampicuan National High school, Paitan Sur National High school and Doroteo R. Jose Elementary school.

DOST CEST program aims to bridge technological gaps and helps the schools in the area to adapt with pedagogic advancement. It also aims to create interest in the field of science and technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T course. A training and seminar focused on the ICT skills of the teachers were also provided to gauge and improve their utilization of computer software and application.

DOST III, through its CEST program, will continue to provide sustainable assistance and interventions that would encourage the growth and development of the community.