UP and DOST-ASTI engineers prototype set-top box to help bridge education’s digital divide

In this “new normal”, how do we meet every Filipino student’s remote learning needs without pervasive internet access? The answer from UP professor Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano Jr. and DOST-ASTI engineers: a set-up box to allow analogue TVs to receive digital broadcasts and datacasting, allowing interactivity for educational purposes.

The first two batches of Filipino satellite builders met virtually with the pioneering 2019 class of Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) scholars welcoming their successors in a kick-off ceremony over Zoom.

Amidst COVID-19 troubles on the ground, the nation continues to find hope in space in an event dubbed “Our Place in Space: What’s Next for the Philippines Space Sector”, organized by the UP-led STAMINA4Space Program.