/ 15 October 2023

THE Department of Science and Technology – Science and Technology Information Institute trained 66 students of the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College-Tagudin campus in various skills related to science communication.

The participants learned the 5Ws and 1H of creating science stories.

The college was the most recent partner of the Science Journo Ako advocacy program.

“Science Journo Ako envisions building a large pool of science communicators, regardless of their profession, to help the DOST, not only in promoting the important role of science but, most importantly, in ensuring that all our decisions are based on science,” the DOST said.

ISPSC Tagudin campus administrator Dr. Ederlina Sumail thanked the DOST-STII for the free training on science communication.

“Our students, who are future math and science teachers and IT professionals, can be instrumental in promoting the culture of science, especially once they possess these communication skills,” Sumail said.

DOST-STII Director Richard Burgos said that the activity aims to help improve the writing skills of students.

“Our objective in providing this kind of training to non-journalism or communication majors, like yourselves, is not to persuade you to shift your courses or career paths. Rather, it is to equip and inspire you to create science-related content that is both impactful and accessible, even as you continue to excel in your respective fields of study,” Burgos said.