Senior high school students can get a glimpse of the emerging science careers in “nuLab”, the new mobile science learning facility of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).
This is DOST-SEI’s second science bus for Filipino learners, following the success of the Science Explorer, which has served around 32,000 elementary and high school students in more than 100 municipalities all over the country since 2010.
While the Science Explorer mostly caters to younger students, nuLab is primarily intended for senior high school students.
The mobile lab features advanced STEM modules such as nanotechnology, aerospace engineering, nuclear science, earthquake risk analysis, science media literacy, programming, oceanography, robotics, entomology, and environmental science.
The modules are specially designed to help students discover their potentials in the various STEM fields and to encourage them to take tertiary courses where they are most inclined to succeed and excel. In nuLab, students are also encouraged to apply to the DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarships, the agency’s flagship program.
During nuLab’s launch at the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) last July 17 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, DOST-SEI director Josette Biyo expressed hope that nuLab would be as successful as the Science Explorer in reaching out to target beneficiaries.
Equipped with a huge interactive board, individual monitor for students, laboratory-grade equipment, wireless sensors and more, nuLab offers a modern mobile learning environment that can help pique students’ interest in the sciences. It can accommodate 24 students in one session and hold two sessions per day.
For its first run, nuLab will conduct sessions throughout the NSTW. Astrophysicist Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, marine biologist Dr. Aletta Yñiguez, entomologist Dr. Aimee Dupo, Engr. Myra Ruth Poblete and other top young scientists, engineers, and science communicators are slated to facilitate modules they’ve developed with curriculum experts to senior high school students from various schools in Metro Manila.
For its first-ever road trip, NuLab will visit the province of Ilocos Norte on September 17-19 and will cross the sea for the first time to serve students in Iloilo on October 21-24. It will close out the year by inspiring students from Bontoc, Mt. Province on Nov. 18-22.