DAVAO CITY (PNA) – A digital library platform called “Starbooks” has been turned over to one of the remotest villages in Davao Oriental province.
Karen Deloso, Davao Oriental provincial information officer, said Wednesday that the solar-powered digital library was donated by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to Sitio Patong Elementary School in Barangay Malibago, Cateel town.
Sitio Patong is situated 33 kilometers away from the town proper, she said.
The provision of Starbooks is being implemented by the Community Enhancement through Science and Technology program of DOST, which aims to give elementary students in remote areas access to a wealth of science and technology information right at their fingertips.
“Solar-powered Starbooks will serve as an offline library with tons of readily accessible and up-to-date information related to science and technology,” Deloso said.
Starbooks also contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats such as text, video and audio placed in specially designed pods set in a user-friendly interface.
Its special feature is a standalone information kiosk with information access available even without internet connection. It is a compendium of science and technology information gathered from all over the world, making it a one-stop science and technology information source.
According to DOST provincial director Sharon Mendoza, the distribution of Starbooks in schools is aimed to increase the interests among students to science subjects.
“Starbooks will encourage young minds to develop ideas and inspire them on entrepreneurship and research,” Mendoza added.
DOST also provided the school kids of Sitio Patong with one week supply of nutritional foods and ceramic water filters. The Starbooks’ turnover was held on Tuesday. Alexander Lopez/PNA