Excessive curiosity in science and expertise pageant

A whole lot of patrons flocked to the grounds of the Cave Hill Campus of the College of the West Indies (UWI) on Saturday, because the 2023 Science and Expertise Competition culminated.

Arlene Weekes, coordinator of the three-day occasion, hailed it a hit, saying it attracted hundreds of individuals because it opened on Thursday morning.

Weekes, who’s the Innovation Officer with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, Science and Expertise (MIIST), instructed Barbados TODAY that the purpose of the pageant was to additional “popularize” and rejoice science and expertise.

“We try to convey science to the folks. We wish to popularize science and expertise. We wish to demystify it and in addition we wish to rejoice science, the way it impacts our life as a result of each single factor that we do has a genesis in science,” stated Weekes, who stated she was already wanting ahead to the subsequent science and expertise pageant.

This yr’s occasion, which was held underneath the theme Innovation for Sustainable Dwelling, offered the chance for kids and adults to have interaction and work together with the displays, which span a number of areas of science and expertise, together with synthetic intelligence, agriculture coding and robotics.

There have been about 65 exhibitors from nursery, major, secondary and tertiary studying establishments, in addition to representatives from the personal and public sectors and non-governmental organisations.

“The response has been phenomenal. We now have had hundreds of college kids go by over the previous two days and in the present day dad and mom are coming again and bringing again the youngsters as a result of they wish to work together with the robotic some extra, they wish to do some extra coding and hands-on actions,” stated Weekes.

“We had a variety of hands-on displays the place the youngsters got here and created numerous issues – they made ice cream, slime, bubbles underneath the tent and interacted with the robots and do coding and robotics. There was additionally animation, there was the flight simulator within the again and there was Patsy the Bajan avatar,” she reported.

The occasion, which was a collaboration between the School of Science and Expertise on the UWI, Cave Hill Campus and the Division of Science, Analysis and Innovation in MIIST, was birthed from the then SciTech Expo, which was held as much as 2020, however needed to cease as a result of COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and 2022.

“We’re again out and up and operating,” Weekes declared, “We modified it as a result of we needed to convey a distinct perspective. We’re coming into the digital age,” she stated.

Exhibitors who spoke with Barbados TODAY stated they have been happy with the curiosity from each kids and adults, including that they have been assured the nation had a vivid future within the Science, Expertise, Engineering and Arithmetic (STEM) topics.

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