DOST installs Starbooks in 23 schools

URDANETA CITY–The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) satellite office here has installed Science and Technology Academic-Research Based Openly Operated Kiosks (Starbooks) in 23 schools in the province.

Arnold Santos of DOST-Pangasinan Satellite Office at the Pangasinan State University Urdaneta campus, said the two latest recipient schools last June 30 were Pangulong Marcos Elementary School and Binday National High School both in San Fabian and San Pedro Apartado National High School in Alcala.

Starbooks a virtual library in a box that contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources that can be accessed without Internet connection aimed at providing information in remote areas.

He said students in the remote areas are known to be more diligent in pursuit of knowledge. “They get excited when innovations are introduced to them,” he said.

Starbooks has a compilation of research materials, scientific journals, educational and livelihood videos from local and foreign resources and students are taught how they can use and secure their own account.

Leah Delig, a Grade 10 student of Binday National High School in San Fabian said, “The computer shop where I can do my research is far from here. Now, with the Starbooks, I can spend my time researching here in school since it is always open for us students.”

The project started in 2014. (Tita Roces)