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Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 104: Paano Ba Nilikha Ang “Sine’skwela”?

Dr. Ruby Roan-Cristobal is a seasoned science communication professional, a research practitioner, an IT manager, and a science broadcaster. She hosts a weekly radio program that promotes science and technology to the general public, and worked for the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology as Chief Science Research Specialist. In the ‘90s, she served a key role in the development and production of “Sineskwela,” a science television program that paved the way for media-based STEM education in the Philippines.

We talked about how the idea for “Sineskwela” was born, her role in the development of “Sineskwela,” creating effective science TV programs for young audiences, what science communicators can learn from the success of “Sineskwela,” her other science communication initiatives over the years, being clear about what you want to accomplish as a scientist, and more.

How to contact Dr. Ruby:

  • Facebook: fb.com/radyohenyosadzrh

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 104 here:


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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.