JIS News

Primary School students in Kingston and Manchester, who are interested in science and technology, will get a closer look at careers in that field when they participate in science summer camps from July 23 to 27.
The camps, hosted by the Scientific Research Council (SRC), in collaboration with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), are designed to make science and technology attractive and popular among primary school students.
The programme, dubbed ‘Science, Technology and Standardization Summer Camp’, will be held at the BSJ’s office in Kingston and at the Mount St. Joseph Preparatory School in Mandeville under the theme: ‘Careers in Science, Technology and Standardization.A Way To a Brighter Future’.
Co-ordinator for the Science and Technology Education Unit at the SRC, Doreen Dietrich told JIS News that the objective of the summer camps is to increase the awareness and appreciation of science and technology (S&T) among primary school children, and to stimulate an interest in careers related to these areas.
“The idea is to have a summer programme for primary school children to keep them occupied for the summer and to make science fun, since many times children see it as difficult and boring,” she added.
The summer camps will allow children to be exposed to scientific concepts through demonstrations, experiments, field trips and presentations from resource persons. Presentations will be made by the BSJ, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the Natural History Division of the Institute of Jamaica and Digicel.
The Co-ordinator noted that on completion of the camp, the children would receive science kits, books and other educational kits for their achievements.
Science camps were held earlier in the month in St. James at the Montego Bay Community College and at the Bluefields People’s Co-operative Association in Westmoreland. Persons who need additional information may call the SRC at 927-1771.
The SRC is Jamaica’s principal public sector agency responsible for the fostering and co-ordination of scientific research and the promotion of its application. Most of the Council’s projects support the growth and development of the agro-industrial sector in Jamaica through research, adaptation of available technologies, creation of new and appropriate technologies and the provision of training and technical assistance.

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