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  • Jonathan Grant High School, in St. Catherine, will be hosting their science fair and exhibition on November 20, under the theme: ‘Promoting Holistic Development through STEM Education’.
  • The fair, to begin at 9:00 a.m., will focus on the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • It will feature a robotics competition, a recycling competition and various booths from science and technology organisations.

Jonathan Grant High School, in St. Catherine, will be hosting their science fair and exhibition on November 20, under the theme: ‘Promoting Holistic Development through STEM Education’.

The fair, to begin at 9:00 a.m., will focus on the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It will feature a robotics competition, a recycling competition and various booths from science and technology organisations.

Event Coordinator, Sheriefa Campbell Holness, told JIS News that the students are very excited about this year’s fair.

She made special mention of the recycling competition themed: ‘Plastic to Fantastic’. The competition requires students to use plastic bottles and transform them into something fantastic.

The robotics competition will be opened to Jonathan Grant students, while the recycling competition will allow entrants from high schools in and around Spanish Town.

The fair will also feature a lecture from a representative of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) on ‘Climate Change’, as well as a debate among upper school students.

There will be 25 exhibition booths at the fair, inclusive of the Scientific Research Council, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica as well as the science departments from the three major local universities.

The fair, which had its inaugural staging in 2013, only had participants from Jonathan Grant and two primary schools. However, this year’s staging will include neighbouring high and primary schools.

Mrs. Holness explained that the objective of the fair is to expose students to practical demonstrations of science, as the everyday curriculum has a more extended focus on the theoretical aspects, adding that the fair should spark interest in the STEM subjects.

“We want to highlight how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are important to education,” she noted.