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  • Scores of students from Corporate Area primary schools are benefiting from a two-week science and technology summer camp being held at the Parade Gardens STEM Centre, downtown Kingston.
  • The July 25 to August 5 non-residential camp, under the theme ‘Living in our Environment’, is being staged by the Scientific Research Council (SRC) in collaboration with the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation.
  • “The SRC strongly believes that an important part of Jamaica developing economically is the development of a strong ST & I framework,” she said.

Scores of students from Corporate Area primary schools are benefiting from a two-week science and technology summer camp being held at the Parade Gardens STEM Centre, downtown Kingston.

The July 25 to August 5 non-residential camp, under the theme ‘Living in our Environment’, is being staged by the Scientific Research Council (SRC) in collaboration with the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation.

Coordinator for the Science and Technology Education Unit at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, told JIS News that the annual camp, which is being held on weekdays, is targeted at children entering grades four to six.

“They will be engaged in non-traditional science and technology education with an aim to impact performance in school,” she informed.

She noted that the SRC has coordinated science and technology camps across the island for over a decade, with a vision to aid in fostering a culture of Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) among young minds by developing and improving understanding, knowledge and skills.

“The SRC strongly believes that an important part of Jamaica developing economically is the development of a strong ST & I framework,” she said.

The camp, which is free of cost to all participants, includes students from St. Michael’s Primary, Holy Family Primary, North Street Primary, Excelsior Primary, Calabar Primary and Junior High, St. Aloysius Primary, Jessie Ripoll Primary and Half-Way-Tree Primary.

Students are being engaged in activities such as tissue culture, candy-making, coding, team-building exercises and field trips.

Ms. McKenzie said the camp will also help to build students’ interpersonal skills, discipline and teamwork.

There will also be guest presentations from representatives from the SRC; GraceKennedy; Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); Meteorological Service, Jamaica; Jamaica Fire Brigade; National Health Fund (NHF); and Coldax Mart.

The parents of the campers will benefit from a session on effective parenting.

The summer camp is among the many initiatives by the SRC to engage students in science and technology.

Other activities undertaken annually include tours of science and technology entities; essay, oratory, poster and performing arts competitions; science quiz; and the national science and technology fair.

Other sponsors of the camp are Supreme Ventures Limited, Coldax Mart Limited, Sangster’s Book Stores and Jamaica Biscuit Company.