Hyundai New Thinkers Camp to hold science classes in Puerto Galera

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HARI Foundation, Inc. (HFI) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), will bring 60 high school students and teacher delegates from 20 selected public schools (Metro Manila and Regions III and IV) for a unique learning experience in oceanography and Hydrogeology in Puerto Galera, Mindoro.

The Hyundai New Thinkers Camp, which will be held from April 1 to 9, 2014, is a nine-day science boot camp that is the third phase of the Hyundai New Thinkers Circuit (HNTC). It is an out-of-the-box learning program that aims to hone future leaders and climate scientists with hands-on learning in the sciences.

The long-term goal of this HFI-DOST partnership is to form the next generation of world-class Filipino scientists, or “Hyundai New Thinkers.”

Joining the 60 delegates are scientists and instructors from the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) led by Dr. Alette Yñiguez and the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP-NIGS) led by Dr. Carlos Primo “CP” David.

“This first-of-its-kind science exploration program is one of our answers to honing tomorrow’s Filipino climate scientists and New Thinkers,” said HFI President Maria Fe Perez-Agudo. “With the coral reefs and mountain trails of Puerto Galera as their classrooms and real scientists as their teachers, HNTC participants are given the chance to study nature and climate first-hand and gain a deeper and broader understanding of the world beyond the walls of the classroom.”

The final phase of HNTC, the Hyundai New Thinkers Spotlight, will take place on May 2014.  In which, twenty deserving scholars from the 60 delegates will be chosen to pursue a college degree related to environmental science. Evaluations will be based on the best community development programs that the students implemented. Criteria for the selection of projects are ingenuity, efficiency, and sustainability.