The Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System, in collaboration with the Quezon City Science Community Foundation, Inc. (QCSCFI), hosted a GLOBE Forum last December 1, 2015 with Dr. Desh Bandhu, head of GLOBE Asia-Pacific, as guest speaker.  Fifty two teachers from 25 public secondary schools attended the forum held at the Advanced Science and Technology Building, PSHS Main Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

Aside from the lecture of Dr. Bandhu, the teacher-participants gained further knowledge through actual demonstration of GLOBE protocols by the GLOBE-trained teachers from the PSHS Main Campus namely Dr. Melanie Anne Cheng & Sofia Docto for Land Cover Investigation, and Bernard Llaguno & Caridad Gicaraya for Atmosphere Investigation.

GLOBE stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.  The GLOBE program, which is on its 20th year this year, is an international science and education program that provide students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  This program is jointly sponsored by U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of State.

The PSHS has been a member of this international scientific community since 1999.  Through the GLOBE Program, PSHS System has been delivering one of its mandates:  to promote science education in the country through its various outreach and teacher training programs,” PSHS Deputy Director Rod Allan A. de Lara said.

Dr. Alumanda dela Rosa, Executive Director of Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, who also represented the QCSCFI, in her closing remarks, upheld the Vision / Mission of the GLOBE Program as it connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and put in a global perspective.  (mrollet)