The Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harcourt ‘Harry’ Husbands is pleading with Science students to remain with that discipline.
Urging them not to make the same mistakes he did, Senator Husbands revealed to the contestants for the 2014 Sagicor Visionaries competition that although a University graduate, he ended up having to redo Maths as it was a basic prerequisite for many tasks he does.
He told the young scientists their very presence showed there is a definite hope for the revival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) studies. The Senator was glad the children realised what he did not – that STEM is a key part of not only school, but the world of work. He confirmed this by noting what used to be basic posts advertised as vacancies now have some form of STEM as a stepping stone for the job.
Eddie Clarke, the CEO of Sagicor Life, also told pupils that there is more failure than success in technology and persistence is what makes an idea succeed, but not before many errors are made along the way.
Therefore, he urged them to keep participating, noting that if success was not apparent this year, then in 2015 they may surprise not only themselves but everyone else involved.
Among the many judges this year included the author of a Caribbean science textbook published only last year and one of the major developers of BOP insecticide. Sagicor Visionaries Challenge is a secondary school student competition to inspire STEM-based solutions to issues their communities face.