Plasma physics research and contextualized science education in the Amianan
The Plasma Physics Laboratory at the University of the Philippines Baguio bolstered its research culture, capability, and productivity. Although students are exposed to and trained in plasma science and technology, most people in the region find difficulty relating to the research venture eliciting only mild appreciation. When the background of activities is delivered and discussed in the native tongue, more stakeholders take interest. This phenomenon prompted the idea to translate the research undertaking into Ilokano, the lingua franca in Northern Luzon, Philippines. The idea became a vision to look at the possibility of teaching physics in Ilokano and get an insight into how a mother tongue can enhance the appreciation of science. There were consultations with stakeholders to assess the support of the community at large. Initial surveys reveal that although the idea is palatable, there will be challenges to overcome in explaining concepts in purely Ilokano language.