Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy Takes Cen­ter Stage This Sum­mer

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Depart­ment of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, through the Re­new­able En­ergy Di­vi­sion, is pleased to an­nounce that it will be host­ing the Third Bi­en­nial Na­tional Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Sum­mer Camp from July 24-28, 2017 at the Pub­lic Ser­vice Train­ing In­sti­tute, Union, Castries. Spe­cial ar­eas of fo­cus will be re­new­able en­ergy.

The theme for this year’s Camp is “Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy; Us­ing En­ergy as a Cat­a­lyst for Sus­tain­able Liveli­hoods”.

The Na­tional Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Sum­mer Camp will af­ford stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn prin­ci­ples of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in an en­joy­able, in­ter­ac­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive man­ner.

The main ob­jec­tives of the Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Sum­mer Camp are to en­gage stu­dents in the ex­per­i­men­tal learn­ing of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, pro­vide hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence for de­vel­op­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship, build na­tional ca­pac­ity for sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy for prob­lem solv­ing and in­crease pop­u­lar­iza­tion of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

The sci­ence camp will also al­low par­tic­i­pants to de­velop an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for dif­fer­ent sus­tain­able en­ergy con­cepts, e.g. en­ergy fron­tiers, re­new­able en­ergy, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and cli­mate change.

Im­por­tantly, stu­dents at­tend­ing the camp will be taught how to take an idea and de­velop it into an in­no­va­tion, how to en­gage in ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, and how to cre­ate pro­to­types.

The camp—which will be at­tended by a to­tal of 30 stu­dents from pri­vate and pub­lic sec­ondary schools—will be fa­cil­i­tated by Dr. Chaney St. Martin and Mr. Mario Lewis of In­ter-Amer­i­can In­sti­tute for the Co-op­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture (IICA). The fa­cil­i­ta­tors are also en­trepreneurs and in­no­va­tors of the Trinidad-based com­pany “Smart Ready”.

The grand and ex­cit­ing sci­ence camp will end with an ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing the stu­dents’ projects.

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