Provincial S&T Director, Ms. Ritchie Mae L. Guno, discussing to students the content of STARBOOKS during its Turnover Ceremony June 30, 2021
Bringing Science and Technology to Indigenous People (IP) youths, the Department of Science and Technology -X provided one (1) complete set and held an orientation and training on the installation of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS), a digital library in a box, to Luyungan High School through Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program of Provincial S&T Center in Bukidnon.
STARBOOKS is the first stand-alone Philippine digital science library that can be accessed by students and teachers without using an internet connection. It is a user friendly standalone repositories for thousands of digitized science and technology resources and livelihood information placed in specially designed pods that can be operated without internet connection. As of August 2021, DOST-X has installed 58 STARBOOKS in Bukidnon and 220 STARBOOKS in Northern Mindanao.
Luyungan High School, the center for Indigenous People’s Learning and Sustainable Development, has thirteen (13) teachers serving two hundred fifty-nine (259) students coming from the seven (7) different Indigenous Cultural Communities of Bukidnon. The school is offering Grade 7 to 11 since 2016 and to have their 1st batch of Grade 12 this SY 2021-2022, aiming to produce quality and competitive IP completers.
Students and teachers expressed gratitude to DOST as it will escalate the interest in the field of S&T, encourage individuals to develop innovative ideas, and motivate one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research.