Breaking News

Hundreds of patrons flocked to the grounds of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) on Saturday, as the 2023 Science and Technologies Festival culminated.

Arlene Weekes, coordinator of the 3-day occasion, hailed it a accomplishment, saying it attracted thousands of folks because it opened on Thursday morning.

Weekes, who is the Innovation Officer with the Ministry of Market, Innovation, Science and Technologies (MIIST), told Barbados Nowadays that the aim of the festival was to additional “popularize” and celebrate science and technologies.

“We are attempting to bring science to the folks. We want to popularize science and technologies. We want to demystify it and also we want to celebrate science, how it impacts our life for the reason that each single factor that we do has a genesis in science,” stated Weekes, who stated she was currently seeking forward to the subsequent science and technologies festival.

This year’s occasion, which was held beneath the theme Innovation for Sustainable Living, supplied the chance for kids and adults to engage and interact with the exhibits, which span quite a few places of science and technologies, such as artificial intelligence, agriculture coding and robotics.

There had been about 65 exhibitors from nursery, major, secondary and tertiary studying institutions, as properly as representatives from the private and public sectors and non-governmental organisations.

“The response has been phenomenal. We have had thousands of college kids pass by means of more than the previous two days and right now parents are coming back and bringing back the kids for the reason that they want to interact with the robot some extra, they want to do some extra coding and hands-on activities,” stated Weekes.

“We had a quantity of hands-on exhibits exactly where the kids came and produced a variety of points – they produced ice cream, slime, bubbles beneath the tent and interacted with the robots and do coding and robotics. There was also animation, there was the flight simulator in the back and there was Patsy the Bajan avatar,” she reported.

The occasion, which was a collaboration involving the Faculty of Science and Technologies at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus and the Division of Science, Analysis and Innovation in MIIST, was birthed from the then SciTech Expo, which was held up to 2020, but had to cease due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and 2022.

“We are back out and up and operating,” Weekes declared, “We changed it for the reason that we wanted to bring a distinct viewpoint. We are coming into the digital age,” she stated.

Exhibitors who spoke with Barbados Nowadays stated they had been pleased with the interest from each kids and adults, adding that they had been confident the nation had a vibrant future in the Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Study our ePaper. Speedy. Factual. Totally free.

Sign up and remain up to date with Barbados’ Totally free most up-to-date news.

One thought on “Higher interest in science and technologies festival

Leave a Reply