The Department of Science and Technology-MIMAROPA (DOST-MIMAROPA), in partnership with the Provincial Government of Marinduque, Office of the House Representative of Marinduque, and Marinduque State College (MSC), is set to launch the first-ever interactive science exhibits in the region in the 1st quarter of 2022, during DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena’s scheduled visit to the province.

The DOST-funded Regional Science Centrum housed in MSC features 35 interactive exhibits that make science facts, principles, and concepts relatable and more understandable to the general audience. Among the exhibits include the “dancing worm” which explains magnetic fields; “frozen shadow” which tells about light; and “watch me pedal” which shows the movement of the bones and joints of the body, among others. These exhibits are curated with assistance from the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST).

Also, in the facility are two (2) units of the DOST-developed STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations that can provide visitors hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats. STARBOOKS can be used by students, teachers, even parents even without an internet connection.

Watch me Pedal and Cyclones are some of the exhibits found in the Regional Science Centrum

The regional science centrum will provide an informal yet exciting and stimulating learning environment for the youth to ignite their interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and thereby develop a science culture within the region.

Last January 10, 2022, representatives from DOST-MIMAROPA, MSC, and monitoring agency DOST-PCAARRD held a meeting to follow up on the updates and discuss the details for the launching ceremony. The project is also supported by the Department of Education- Marinduque (DepEd-Marinduque) who will assist in the promotion and marketing and invitation of elementary and secondary schools in the province.