Student Jun Jun Lopez sample the upgraded version of STARBOOKS
Students of Pagalanggang National High School in Dinalupihan, Bataan, can now access various science and technology (S&T)-related materials without any Internet connection.
This is thanks to the Science and Technology Research and Academic-based Openly Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) developed by the Department of Science and Technology's Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) in 2014.
The STARBOOKS is the first digital science library in the Philippines, which does not require any Internet connection. The library contains various academic references in text, audio, and video formats from local and international sources; and also has K-12 supplement materials, including an interactive courseware for students from Grades 1 to7 and disaster preparedness materials.
The series of disaster preparedness videos are prepared by the DOST-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA). "Kids nowadays no longer like to read books. What they want is to get information in one click, that's what they prefer," said Leonora R. Santos, acting librarian of the high school.
According to Grade 10 Science teacher Onofre Aquino, STARBOOKS has helped his class to find materials relating to their class topics as well as information that could not be found in school textbooks. "All of these have been really helpful, especially considering the fact that in our area, Internet connection is on and off," he said.
The STARBOOKS also provides academic sources which could be beneficial for students doing investigatory projects as well as faculties taking thesis. The library also provides students with reviewers that could help them prepare for the contests they will be joining in.
The DOST-STII said that it constantly adds new materials to update the contents in STARBOOKS.
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