(Grabbed from Philippine Space Agency's Facebook page)

MANILA -- To raise awareness on space science and technology, a Space Science Camp will be organized by the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) from July 19 to 21 virtually and in Quezon City on the second day.

"This event aims to raise awareness and interest in space science and technology. The camp also aims to inspire and empower the younger generation to pursue further studies related to Space Science Technology & Applications (SSTA)," one of the project leaders, James Cesar Refran, told the Philippine News Agency on Friday.

Refran said that due to the pandemic restrictions, the PhilSA has decided to conduct the camp this year as a pilot program, and prepare for a bigger camp next year.

For 2022, incoming senior high school (SHS) learners, campus journalists, and educators from science high schools from the 16 division schools of Metro Manila have been invited to the three-day camp, he said.

According to the PhilSA, 32 SHS students and 16 teachers will be attending the camp.

PhilSA has partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), Moon Village Association (MVA), and the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED), in preparing lectures on SSTA, workshops on space mission planning, space science communication.

A space science contest and a moon viewing lecture and activity are also scheduled.

SSTA career opportunities, activities to highlight the relevance of space to everyday life, and an introduction to space missions and satellite payloads will be tackled virtually on Day 1.

A Space Data Dashboard workshop is scheduled on Day 2 at UP's University Hotel in Diliman, Quezon City for campus science writers to learn the importance of communicating space science to the public.

Also scheduled on Day 2 is a learning session for STEM teachers to strengthen competencies in teaching SSTA using web-based resources and space science and technology equipment like the telescope. A moon viewing session is set in commemoration of International Moon Day.

Attendees will present proposals for space science stories and future space mission plans in the virtual session on Day 3. A panel of resource persons from the PhilSA and partner agencies will help the participants refine and develop their ideas. (PNA)