The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), in its commitment to bring science closer to the Filipinos through innovative programs that promote critical S&T fields, is implementing the Philippine Space Science Education Program (PSSEP) with the overall goal of promoting the value of space science and technology in development as well as a field of study.
The program is highlighted by the celebration of the World Space Week (WSW) on October 4-10 of every year as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. The WSW, considered the largest space event on Earth, aims to mark the contribution of space science and technology to the benefit of the global population.
This year’s theme is “Space for Human Safety and Security." In the Philippines, WSW is commemorated through a number of activities held under the PSSEP of which its Focal Person is UPLB-IMSP’s very own Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese. The activities will be held at the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center Planetarium and the SM Mall of Asia.
The University of the Philippines Los Banos will host the teacher training workshops, water rocket building training and Star Party (on October 8), and the water rocket competition and astrophotography seminar (on October 9). The IMSP Astrophysics Research Laboratory and the UPLB Astronomical Society are official partners in the conduct of these activities in UPLB.
Incidentally in 2011, DOST has identified UPLB as the focal academic institution that would help the government in crafting programs aimed at improving space science education and research in the country.