The future of science in Barbados is in good hands.
This remark was made today by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Technology Senator Harry Husbands at the closing ceremony of the National Council for Science and Technology Summer Camp at St. Stephen’s Primary School this afternoon.
The camp, which is in its fourth year, was described by the government official as a way in which small developing countries could get ahead and noted it is important to get young people involved in science and technology from a very early age.
”The aim of the camp is to expose the young people to science and technology in a friendly, carefree environment that will encourage them to take on these activities at a later stage. From as early as age six I am happy to see that young people are interested in science and technology. I think it is important to introduce activities like this in an environment free from pressures of examinations and the usual classroom pressure to make it a fun activity that would attract more young people to it which is a very important part,” Husbands said.
Enveloped by screams of excited children as campers urged each other on at the ceremony’s prize giving segment, Camp Director Shawn Evelyn described the six weeks as a success with many returning campers.
She stated that those new children who attended with the idea that science is too difficult a subject brought joy to the counsellors who were more than ready to combat that train of thought.
”After going through the experiments and realising how simplified it really is and how much fun it is with the experiments, they leave here with a greater appreciation for science and they know a lot more about science,” Evelyn stated.
She said that the only challenge was to transform the initial attitude of people towards science which after the first week was completely changed. The camp director added that she was overjoyed to see her campers happy to learn about science in confidence with the future hope of minimal intimidation by the subject matter. (MR)