Virtual Platform for DepEd’s National Science and Technology Fair 2021
Tailored virtual platforms are great ways to create interactive events that meet your specific objectives, and the Department of Education (DepEd) did just that for the National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) 2021.
Since everyone has to adapt to the new normal, DepEd decided to bring the educational system to a higher level. So, despite the ongoing health crisis, they managed to pursue the NSTF 2021 in a grand, interactive showcase attended by over 120,000 guests.
A Virtual NSTF 2021
So, how did DepEd pull off NSTF 2021? By using the Webplay virtual platform, they made sure to develop an event that would be as interactive as an on-site activity.
For DepEd, they could not skip this annual fair since it plays an essential role in promoting learning in the country. In addition, the regular activity provides an avenue for community engagement, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among science experts, teachers, students, and industry partners.
DepED x NSTF 2021
NSTF 2021 was conducted from August 31 to September 3. Its theme for this year was “Agham, Pananaliksik, at Teknolohiya: Kabalikat sa Matatag at Maunlad na Pamayanan.”
The event included an online science fair and competition, which was meant to exhibit the students’ innovation, creativity, and resiliency despite the current global crisis. Some of the specific virtual activities were the following:
- Siyensikula- a competition for originally produced videos on Science, Technology and Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- SciTalks- a conference showcasing reputable both national and international STEM experts
- AghambayaniJuan- a community exhibition featuring the works of partners in research, science, technology, and innovation.
Learning Continues on Virtual Platforms
Education Secretary Leonor Briones emphasized the importance of having the NSTF in 2021. According to her, “We cannot talk about quality education without also teaching or nurturing our learners in the intricacies of technology and communication, creativeness, and invention.”
In addition, the Bureau of Curriculum Development could not help but comment that the NSTF this year would serve as a “snapshot” of how and what the students learn during this period.
Meanwhile, DepEd stated that the NSTF 2021 was only the beginning. In fact, the department is already planning other virtual activities, like film showing, panel discussions, and exhibits.