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  • Thirty Mathematics and Science teachers at both the Primary and Secondary levels are benefiting from a two-day workshop focusing on innovative and interactive ways of teaching both subjects.
  • The workshop is being held at the Hotel Four Seasons, in Kingston, from June 18 to 19 and is being hosted by the Scientific Research Council under the European Union (EU)-funded Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) Project.
  • Project Manager for INVOCAB, Kerry Ann Curtis, told JIS News that the aim of the workshop is to have teachers exposed to methods that they can use in the classrooms to make Mathematics and Integrated Science less intimidating.

Thirty Mathematics and Science teachers at both the Primary and Secondary levels are benefiting from a two-day workshop focusing on innovative and interactive ways of teaching both subjects.

The workshop is being held at the Hotel Four Seasons, in Kingston, from June 18 to 19 and is being hosted by the Scientific Research Council under the European Union (EU)-funded Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) Project.

Project Manager for INVOCAB, Kerry Ann Curtis, told JIS News that the aim of the workshop is to have teachers exposed to methods that they can use in the classrooms to make Mathematics and Integrated Science less intimidating.

“In general, Jamaica has experienced not too good grades in the Sciences in general and so the aim of the INVOCAB project is to try and address that need,” Miss Curtis said.

Science Teacher at the Greater Portmore High School, Stacey Ann Steadman, told JIS News that she is hoping to learn more innovative ideas to take back to the classroom where she teaches, Chemistry, Physics and Human and Social Biology.

“I am looking forward to also learn how to better use the technologies that are given to us. I think there is a fear (of science) and when it comes to Physics and Chemistry. Kids normally think that it is hard, but I always try to find easy ways to help them to go about doing the subject,” Miss Steadman said.

The INVOCAB Project aims to increase appreciation of Science, Technology and Innovation among the nation’s youth by outfitting science laboratories, establishing Science Centres, engaging teachers in professional development workshops, and hosting science summer camps for teachers.