‘Rock It Science Bus’ to be launched on Dec.13
SENATOR Pia S. Cayetano will lead the launching of the ‘Rock It Science Bus’ on Thursday, an innovative project that aims to support and promote science education for public elementary and high school students.
A modern and interactive science laboratory on wheels, the ‘Rock It Science Bus’ is a joint project of the senator, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Taguig City government under Mayor Lani Cayetano. Proponents of the project hope to reach out to public school students, not only in Metro Manila but also in the provinces.
Of the country’s 45,977 public elementary and high schools, only 5,821 (13%) have science laboratories, according to the Enhanced Basic Education Information System of the Department of Education (DepEd) as of school year 2011-201.
“Most of our government-run schools are underequipped when it comes to science education. This means that many public school students do not get to experience and discover the fun of learning from hands-on science experiments in a real laboratory set-up,” said Cayetano.
“The huge discrepancy reminds us of the need to raise the level of science and technology education in our public school system. But we cannot address the shortage overnight since this will involve huge investments in equipment, modules and training. We need to be creative in our approach,” she added, in reference to the science bus.
The Rock It Science Bus team is composed of a science teacher, a teacher’s assistant, a driver and a driver’s assistant. The bus is equipped with a periscope, microscopes, computer tablets, robot kit, vex protobot, LED television, DVD player, solar panel, and laboratory materials including flasks, test tubes, and balance scales, among others.
Students will be able to perform guided experiments inside the bus. Computer tablets lent to each student will serve as their guide for the different experiments