SRC Hosts Science, Technology and Wellness Fair June 16

Photo: Michael Sloley Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley (left), presents the trophy for the Most Outstanding Tertiary Institution to The Mico University College at the SRC Science and Technology Fair 2016. The students (from left) are Shavaun Blaine, Larey Graham, Monique Reid, Rodaine Hall and John Ross Turnbull. The SRC’s Science, Technology and Wellness Fair will be held on June 16 at the Chinese Benelovent Association on Old Hope Road.

Story Highlights

  • The Scientific Research Council (SRC) has expanded its National Science Fair 2017 and is now a science, technology and wellness fair.
  • he event, which will take place at the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica on Old Hope Road on Friday, June 16, is being held under the theme ‘Youth-centred Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development’.
  • The Science Fair serves as a platform to develop the interest of students in science and technology innovation and research, and it spans all levels of the education system.

The Scientific Research Council (SRC) has expanded its National Science Fair 2017 and is now a science, technology and wellness fair.

The event, which will take place at the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica on Old Hope Road on Friday, June 16, is being held under the theme ‘Youth-centred Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development’.

Coordinator for the Science and Technology Education Unit at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, told JIS News that the event will enable students to showcase their talents as well as their innovative projects.

The event will also offer free health screenings, including blood sugar, electrocardiogram (ECG), blood pressure and cholesterol tests.

Ms. McKenzie underscored the importance of these routine tests, highlighting the recent cases in the media of students who have been plagued by lifestyle illnesses.

She told JIS News that attendees will be engaged in a number of activities, including a science and technology quiz; a ‘Pon di Riddim’ competition; and song and poetry competitions, which will focus on science and technology.

There will also be a photography competition, a science and technology design challenge, and a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) workshop.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will also make a presentation on Environmental Science as well as how students can access data from NEPA to complete their internal assessments and school-based assessments.

“It will be a fun-filled day for everyone, as there will be something for each person to participate in,” Ms. McKenzie said.

She is encouraging all the schools to take along as many students as possible. Approximately 30 schools have submitted entries for the Science Fair’s competition in thematic areas such as Education; Agriculture; Food and Agro-processing; Energy; ICT and Electronics (with special focus on Cybersecurity); Health and Safety; and Sports/Athletics.

Categories of awards will include most innovative display; demonstration of the best use of technology; demonstration of the best use of indigenous materials; best application of the pure sciences as well as the greatest potential for commercialisation.

The Science Fair serves as a platform to develop the interest of students in science and technology innovation and research, and it spans all levels of the education system.

“We have students participating from the primary, secondary and tertiary levels,” the Coordinator said.

The fair is open to students, the public, the academic community, scientists, and anyone who has an interest in science and technology.

“We usually find that science and technology is reserved for a certain space, so we want to take that information to the general public in a space where they will not find the information intimidating or difficult to understand. It will be presented in a way that you will be able to relate to it, and see how science and technology are really applicable on a day-to-day basis,” Ms. McKenzie said.

The event will be hosted in collaboration with Petrojam Ltd; the Diabetes Association of Jamaica; the Association of Science Teachers of Jamaica; the Development Bank of Jamaica; Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; Sandals Resort; Jamaica Observer; Coldax Mart Jamaica Limited; Collins Publishing and CorpBiz Strategies.

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