DepEd mulls digital mobile planetarium in Region 2

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TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Department of Education in Region 2 (DepEd-2) is planning to introduce a digital teaching tool dubbed ?Skyxplore Mobile Digital Planetarium? in the K to 12 curriculum in the region.

Samuel Soliven, education program supervisor, said the proposed mobile planetarium is a teaching tool that will provide teachers and students practical and hands-on experiences on space science and astronomy.

?As part of the K to 12 basic education curriculum, teachers must tackle space and earth science therefore the Skyxplore will enables teachers and students experience astronomy through some new models and they will put up equipment and simulations for realistic effects,? he said.

Soliven said the program will feature different activities such as space dome wherein the students can explore and obtain better understanding about sun, moon, planets, asteroids, and satellites.

An exhibit will also feature authentic meteorites and NASA photos, as well as film showings or environmental awareness lecture. There will also activities like solar viewing and stargazing activity if the weather is good.

However, Soliven stressed the project it is still a proposal and there are no exact dates yet for its implementation.

?It is just a proposal, but what we did in the region was to make a regional memo regarding it, the regional director is giving the schools superintendents the authority to allow Skyxplore to be showcased in their respective divisions. It?s all up to them to decide,? he added. — PIA-2

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