HYUNDAI Asia Resources Inc. (Hari), distributor of the brand in the Philippines, said the Hyundai New Thinkers Camp is bringing 60 high-school students and teachers coming from 20 public schools in Metro Manila and Regions 3 and 4 to a learning experience in oceanography and hydrogeology in Puerto Galera, Mindoro, starting today until April 9.

    The Hyundai New Thinkers Camp is a partnership program of Hari Foundation Inc. (HFI) and the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (Dost-SEI).

    HFI said the nine-day science boot camp is the third phase of a program that aims to hone future leaders and climate scientists with hands-on learning in the sciences. Ideas generated by the participants should eventually be concretized into projects or action plans that address current climate change-related concerns of local communities, the foundation said, adding that the long-term goal of its partnership with Dost-SEI 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, led by Dr. Alette Yñiguez, and the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences, led by Dr. Carlos 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 Fe Perez-Agudo. “With the coral reefs and mountain trails of Puerto Galera as their classrooms and real scientists as their teachers, 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.”


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