There is an increasing awareness about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), in this country.
Linking this Sagicor Visionaries Challenge to the recent Sir Clifford Husbands Agricultural Competition, won by Darryl Jordan Secondary School; the inaugural summer camp of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), as well as the annual camp of the National Council on Science and Technology, Senator Husbands said: “There is, I think, a growing and positive awareness, not only in the educational system but in the society in general, about the value and importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in education.”
“This feeds into the reality that we are experiencing in Barbados – the growth of awareness of STEM,” said Mr. Husbands, adding that Barbadian-born Cardinal Warde, Emeritus professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Head of CSF, had shared similar views when he noted that more and more job opportunities were going to be related to STEM education.
The Parliamentary Secretary thanked Sagicor, CSF and the Caribbean Examinations Council for the competition, and stressed that as an activity critical to both national and personal development, he looked forward to “greater, larger and wider participation“.
“It was hoped that when the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge was launched, we would open up the minds of the region’s students… and provide in depth exposure to the sciences, particularly STEM… We hope that involvement in this challenge would pave the way for innovative developments which would improve the lives of generations to come in the region,” he said.
While calling for more participation by Barbadian students in the competition, Mr. Clarke noted that this year’s challenge saw over 250 submissions from 100 schools in eight countries, with at least one country submitting 40 entries.
Queen’s College emerged winners with a project called: The Green Way to Get Styrofoam Away, while second and third places went to students from Harrison College for Daytime Lighting Systems and Traffic Monitoring and Alert, respectively. (JG/BGIS)