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Science and Technology Festival Creates a Big Bang

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, March 21, 2019


Cave Hill’s aim to become the region’s science and technology hub moved closer to reality when the campus hosted Barbados’ inaugural Science and Technology Festival recently.

Students from more than 50 schools attended the two-day collaboration between the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology through its National Council for Science and Technology. The two-day event held under the Graduation Tent carried the theme: “Science and Innovation – Gateway to a new Barbados.”

The inaugural festival attracted children of all ages, with strong interest generated by nursery, primary and secondary school students from across the island. These also included schools and institutions which cater to students with special needs, such as the Derek Smith Vocational Centre and the Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre. They were able to interact with hands-on displays from the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, the Caribbean Science Foundation and the Faculty of Science and Technology among others.

Both days featured oral and poster presentations that addressed topics such as the development of wind energy to mitigate climate change in the Caribbean, asthma and young children, the potential of biomass on the economy, and the effect of gamification in mathematics instruction with teenagers. A school science and technology speak-off competition was also held.

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dr Colin Depradine, acknowledged scores of children with disabilities who attended the festival and spoke highly of the significant attendance to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition, whose support this year surpassed any of those staged in previous years.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Deputy Principal Professor Clive Landis stated that the festival was one way that the campus was seeking to foster partnerships in order to turn research into action.

“[The Science and Technology Festival] allows Cave Hill Campus to deepen our relationship with the government and industry sectors with a view to translating our research capacity into innovation, for the ultimate benefit of society,” he said.

“To accelerate this process, the Campus has recently established the Cave Hill Office for Research and Innovation (CHORI) and this new entity is headed by the Graduate Studies Coordinator, Professor Winston Moore.”

Landis added that the event also showed how the Campus was moving steadily ahead in its Smart Campus initiative.

“Many of the Smart technologies we have adopted are geared towards enhancing the student experience, such as the Campus App which has been an instant success with the student body since being introduced this academic year . . . There is unanimous agreement that the Campus app has deepened engagement by students with the Campus community and administration, even if it is [perceived] as a place to ventilate any issues or concerns.”

PHOTO: Students of all ages were excited to participate in hands-on activities and displays at the festival


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