(Logo grabbed from DOST-SEI's Facebook page)

MANILA -- The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is currently doing radio production and video presentations to entice more students to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

In a phone interview with the PNA on Thursday, SEI chief science research specialist Ruby Cristobal said these programs are patterned after the popular educational TV show in the 90s, "Sine'skwela". She added that the same team from that show are now working on the radio program's scripts.

About PHP2.5 million would be spent on the radio and video production. The cost would cover the talents, scripts, among others.

"Radyo Eskwela" for elementary students would have 20 episodes, while "TuklaSyensya" for high school students would have 15 video presentations.

"We would have topics like aerospace engineering. Our first episode, 'Mikrobyo', would teach them what they don't see, but could be harmful when they get it. There would be experiments on how they contract it," she said.

Cristobal said the production would be interesting for kids, since there would be jingles, characters, among others.

The video presentations would be shot inside DOST's mobile learning facility or bus called "nuLab", as if the host is talking to the students.

"The buses are not being used because of the pandemic. So what we did was to use the modules in the bus, and turned these into a radio production," Cristobal added.

Having these radio and video production would enable the DOST to reach more students during the pandemic, she said.

The videos would be uploaded online via the DOST-SEI's website as well as its Facebook page.

"We don't have a budget for the airtime of radio production. So what we did was to partner with a network. The program would be aired on DZRH, as I have a science program there every Sunday," she added.

The two programs are likely to start airing by September.

Meanwhile, Cristobal said the Department of Education has expressed interest in these radio and video production, and wanted copies of these.

"They see these as a valuable addition to their (learning tools). We would allow them to have the materials after we show these on our website. We just need them to put the proper credit," she said. (PNA)