By Joey Natividad
GOA, Camarines Sur – Giant tech firm Samsung is launching its educational program, Samsung Smart Classroom, at the Philippine Science High School in this town.
Scheduled for launching is on Thursday, November 9, this year, with a short program in the morning from 8 am until 12 nn, to be attended by students, the academe, PSHS officials, Samsung Philippines executives, DOST officials, and other guests.
According to Paulo Oga, Senior Media Relations Officer, the Samsung Smart Classroom is a program aimed at enhancing the quality of education in the Philippines with the help of technology.
Through it, the tech giant equips classrooms in public and rural high schools in the country with the latest Samsung devices such as Galaxy tablets and LED screens, to create a more interactive learning environment and give students access to a wealth of e-learning materials.
“By doing so, Samsung intends to help boost student engagement and academic performance,” Oga said.
Oga said the Smart Classroom in Goa, Camarines Sur, is Samsung’s 15th nationwide, 2nd in Luzon outside the National Capital Region, and 4th under its partnership with the PSHS community, which began in 2014 with the very first Smart Classroom at the PSHS main campus in Quezon City.
Apart from improving student engagement and performance, however, this particular Smart Classroom also aims to uphold science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and increase the number of STEM graduates in the Philippines, he explained.
PSHS as a whole is known for hosting the most gifted student-scientists in the country, and for its focus on the aforementioned curriculum.
But its Bicol Campus, specifically, boasts an impressive track record in research and robotics, said the Samsung representative.
“This is a strength that Samsung wishes to support and continue to develop through the Smart Classroom program,” he added.
“We sincerely hope you can join us at the launch and help us spread the word about this initiative. Samsung Philippines executives, PSHS administrators, and DOST officials from Bicol will be present at the launch to discuss in further detail their vision for the program, the students, and their partnership,” Oga informed BicolToday.com.