To aid students’ research projects and supplement blended learning amid the pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology Caraga continues to set up digital science libraries in schools. On May 17, 2021, DOST Caraga with the Provincial Science and Technology Center-Surigao del Norte led the installation of two Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks or STARBOOKS systems.

Malimono and Mahayuhay Elementary Schools each received a STARBOOKS system in their computer laboratories. This includes digitized technology resources that function as an offline library for students. Inside are researches and dissertations, investigatory projects, video lessons in science and math subjects, and more materials for instruction and research. This updated version of STARBOOKS also has COVID-19 and contact tracing explainer videos and more relevant resources.

NEWLY INSTALLED. New STARBOOKS system installed in Malimono Elementary School’s computer laboratory.

After the installation, DOST Caraga STARBOOKS Personnel Ms. Rey Jean Comaling trained the schools’ IT personnel on system management. This covers generating reports, teaching students to create accounts, and navigating resources for smooth use of the digital library. Malimono Elementary School Principal Mr. Jay Ronald Becina expressed gratitude and sought more STARBOOKS projects for nearby communities. In fact, the school submitted letters of intent for Sohoton and Karihatag Elementary Schools for this year’s installation. According to him, this is a long awaited opportunity since the current learning setup needs varied resources and materials.

SYSTEM MANAGEMENT TRAINING. DOST Caraga STARBOOKS Staff trains Mahayuhay Elementary School’s IT personnel on generating reports.

DOST Caraga PSTC Surigao del Norte -OIC Ms. Mariel Makinano said, “with more digital libraries installed, we hope to spark interest in science and technology especially in remote communities of the region”. For more inquiries about the DOST STARBOOKS Project, message us on Facebook fb.com/dostcaraga or email us at dost13@caraga.dost.gov.ph.

Written by: Dionard Mendova

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