DOST’s STARBOOKS: Bridging Educational Gaps in Carasi Town


The Department of Science and Technology in Region1 through its Provincial Science and Technology awarded two (2) units of educational Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) and science and technology modules and augmented reality to local schools in the Municipality of Carasi on March 9, 2022, aiming to provide Ilokano students with greater opportunities, particularly by enhancing the facilities of rural schools and promoting the learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Region 1.

Two (2) elementary schools, namely Carasi Elementary School and Virbira-Angset Elementary School, receive two (2) computer units with installed STARBOOKS software, while Carasi National High School receives one SMART TV with DOST courseware.

STARBOOKS is the first digital library in the Philippines with science and technology resources available in text and video/audio format.

The awarding of educational equipment tools aims to close the gap between technology and rural schools as the ‘new normal’ brought the challenge to both teachers and students forcing them to shift from traditional to blended learning methods where the use of technology is required.

During the program, orientation regarding the use and operation of STARBOOKS coincides with the awarding and signing of the agreement. Ms. Mary Anne Belen, STARBOOKS Regional Coordinator, conducted the orientation.

“We thank you for considering the Municipality of Carasi, this will also help the learners from the two nearby towns, Piddig and Solsona since we have learners from adjacent towns of the municipality,” said Mrs. Gloria C. Notarte, Principal II of VAES and CES.

Teachers and staff who attended the awarding and orientation were excited to share the learning tools with their students. “This is not only for the learners but it will be of help to our teachers as well” Principal Notarte added.

Also present during the program, are Mr. Jahmai O. Grande, CEST Ilocos Norte Focal Person, and Ms. Edith Indongsan, Regional CEST Coordinator.

The Municipality of Carasi is one of the beneficiaries of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology in Region 1. The program focuses on improving the livelihood, health and nutrition, environmental protection and conservation, education, and disaster risk reduction management of the community beneficiary. Kent J. Ramil

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