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  • Making Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) come alive was the main focus of the science fair, held at the Jonathan Grant High School, in St. Catherine, on November 20.
  • The fair was themed: ‘Promoting Holistic Development Through STEM Education’.
  • Addressing the opening ceremony, Education Officer, Owen Wilson, encouraged students to “transfer knowledge received in the classroom into real life.”

Making Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) come alive was the main focus of the science fair, held at the Jonathan Grant High School, in St. Catherine, on November 20.

The fair  was themed: ‘Promoting Holistic Development Through STEM Education’.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Education Officer, Owen Wilson, encouraged students to “transfer knowledge received in the classroom into real life.”

He also challenged teachers to capture students’ interest in the STEM subjects, through  interactive learning . “Teach circumference by taking students on the football field and measuring it,” he urged.

With two of the main attractions at the fair being a robotics competition and a recycling competition, Mr. Wilson said the school is “on the cutting edge of science and technology.”

The robotics competition showcased three entries of a robotic arm, a sub-copter drone as well as battlebots.

Jared Hopkins of Jonathan Grant High School won this contest with his sub-copter drone.

Another competition was a recycle contest, themed ‘Plastic to Fantastic’, and showcased projects from various St. Catherine high schools.

Waterford High School won the competition, showcasing jewellery, wine glasses, cutlery, home décor as well as piggy banks made from recycled materials.

Jonathan Grant High was second in this contest, with Eltham High coming in third.

Fashionable pieces made from recycled materials were also shown by all contestants, and a fashion show  featuring  recycled materials  was held during the lunch hour concert.

Also on display  were a drone made by the Information Technology Department, surveillance equipment by Pier Executive Security Services and  lubrication products from Sol Petroleum.

Booths were set up by various organisations, including the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, which displayed  some of their products, such as jams, wines and chutneys.

Students also took part in a debating competition,  with the moot: ‘Be it resolved that animal testing is a necessary evil’.

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