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DOST partners with FELTA to beef up upcoming interactive learning center

Friday, February 09, 2018 07:28 AM    Views : 390by:Judy Aca-Saclamitao, DOST-STII S&T Media Service

The Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) and FELTA Multi-Media, Inc. ink a three-year partnership in building the Center for the Arts in Science and Technology at DOST. DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos and FELTA President and Chief Executive Officer Mylene R. Abiva show a set of LEGO EV3 and yoga laptop as part of FELTA's donation turned over last 05 February 2018 at the DOSTv Studio in PAGASA Weather and Flood Forecasting Center, Quezon City.

In another step to expand its library services, the Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) recently partnered with FELTA Multimedia, Inc. in establishing the Center for the Arts in Science and Technology (CAST) in DOST.

"The realization of the CAST project will not be possible without engaging ourselves with various partners like FELTA who can provide us with educational materials and training sessions that can help modernize our library," quipped STII Director Richard P. Burgos.

FELTA, a private company with vast years of experience in the audio-visual field, is a major educational manufacturer and distributor that has partnered both with public and private schools in the country. It is also known for its partnership with prestigious multimedia publishers and manufacturers worldwide.

The three-year partnership agreement includes FELTA's provision of LEGO EV3 and Yoga laptops as well as training sessions at CAST or webinars using the DOSTvstudio. On the other hand, DOST extends its exclusivity of partnership on Lego Robotics and study tablet with the said private company.

Moreover, FELTA would be provided with booths during DOST events such as during the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week every July. FELTA could also access CAST and DOSTv facilities for mutually agreed activities.

"Many students have become so interested in robotics. It would be good to provide them with demo activities, with educational materials they could use each time they visit us," Burgos said.

"If DOST is into science for the people, it is robotics for all of us in FELTA," President and Chief Executive Officer Mylene R. Abiva remarked.

FELTA is the national organizer of the Philippine Robotics Olympiad, an annual science educational event that primarily aims to challenge the intellectual skills and critical thinking of elementary and high school students.

DOST-STII will launch the Center for the Arts in Science and Technology (CAST) this March 2018 and has likewise partnered with the following organizations, namely: Telstra Foundation, PuzzleBox 3D (Reseller of Ultimaker), Wacom Singapore Pte. Ltd., Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and Morph Animation, Inc. (Toon City).This public-private partnership endeavor hopes to bring science and technology closer to more communities, among others.

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