Thursday, May 23, 2019

Vivant Foundation launches scholarship for STEM

AFTER supporting the Department of Education (DepEd) 7. Science and Technology Fair (RSTF) for two years in a row, Vivant Foundation Inc. strengthened its commitment to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) education in public schools with the launch of its college scholarship grant for RSTF participants.

“We believe that the youth will be able to adapt and thrive in the future by having a good Stem education,” Vivant Foundation executive director Shem Jose Garcia said.

“By paying attention to the needs of our communities, we develop and provide forward-looking programs that enable us to attain our vision of bringing Filipinos into the future through innovation in public education.”

The Vivant Foundation scholarship enables the successful applicant to pursue a Stem-related college degree with full tuition coverage and book and living allowances, among others. The scholarship is open to participants of the current and recent RSTFs.

DepEd 7 added a Science Innovation Expo into this year’s RSTF. The new category has seven entries that involve finding alternative uses of everyday items, such as harnessing electricity from soil, a bicycle that can charge batteries, a poultry incubator with auto-climate adjustment features, particle board from avocado seeds and an improved emergency dialer device, among others.

“By being part of the panel that evaluates entries in this category, Vivant Foundation is able to see the future of innovation and how it is applied to develop solutions for our changing world,” Garcia said.

Winners of last year’s RSTF received Stem-related equipment and teaching tools from Vivant Foundation to promote interest and understanding of science and technology in winning schools.

Vivant’s programs are focused on Stem education in public schools through the construction and donation of science laboratories and equipment, equipment for technology-related TechVoc subjects, and relevant teachers’ training to optimize the use of these donations.

Recently, it donated solar rooftop panels in an off-grid school in Bantayan town, Cebu, which enabled students to finally use computers. The off-grid school energization project at Hilotongan Integrated School complements Vivant’s support to the Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) track at Bantayan Senior High School, whose curriculum was modified to incorporate solar power.

Vivant Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Vivant Corp., a publicly listed holding company with investments in power generation and distribution and retail electricity services. PR


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