– 50th Anniversary Jubilee, essay and art competitions launched
By Indrawattie Natram
Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Science Fair and Exhibition, organised by the Department of Education, was opened on Wednesday in high style under the theme, “Enhancing traditional technologies to sustain modern societies through STEM”.
The two-day fair was declared opened by Regional Education Officer Baramadai Seepersaud and saw over nine nursery, 17 primary and seven secondary schools participating.
According to the Regional Education Officer, the science fair is hosted in collaboration with the launching of the 50th Anniversary Jubilee and the essay and art competitions.
During her address to a mammoth audience in the auditorium of the Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary School, Seepersaud said the competition would enable students and teachers to conduct extensive research on Guyana’s Independence.
Pieces from the winners of this competition will be on display at the Region’s independence celebrations.
Speaking specifically about the Regional Science Fair 2016, the Regional Education Officer said that it was a biannual event that afforded children the opportunity to exchange ideas about science as well as to enhance and inspire others to do well next time.
She said that it was her wish for persons to realise how important Science and Technology were to the fast-developing world and if not fully utilised, most opportunities presented by these subjects would be missed. Explaining further, Seepersaud added that Science was “a way of life and can change confusion to understanding in the modern age of technology”.
She told the gathering that the two-day activity would highlight the Region as well as children’s creative and innovative work, hence showcasing how Science and Technology could be utilised to change the environment in which they live and operate.
Commenting on past Science Fairs, Seepersaud said that Region Two have managed to craft excellent projects that were able to secure top spots, nationally, regionally and internationally. On that note, she congratulated the Abram Zuil Secondary School for putting the Region on top of the Sagicor Visionary Challenge in 2014-2015.
Creativity and innovation
Seepersaud implored schools to continue to be creative and to improve their ways of using Science and Technology to enhance lives.
“Science can change our future, to improve your surroundings, let Science inspire you, rise up to the challenge,” the Regional Education Officer urged students.
She highlighted that all schools were winners but only the best projects would be selected to represent the Region at the National Science Fair, which would be held in Linden.
After the Science Fair was opened, presentations by various schools were made. Today, schools will display their projects, which will be judged and given prizes. The chief judge for the Science Fair is Petal Jettoo, Chief Science Fair Coordinator.
Some of the participating schools in the nursery category were Aurora, Jacklow, Huis t’Diren, Richmond, Charity, Lima, Zorg, Maria Lodge and St Monica Nursery Schools. At the primary level, Siriki, Ulele, Suddie, Hampton Court, Abrams Creek, Riverstown, Aurora, 8th May, Taymouth Manor, St Monica, Huis t’Diren, Good Hope, Fisher, Jacklow, Capoey and Sparta Schools participated.
Participating in the secondary category were Anna Regina, Abram Zuil, Aurora, 8th May, Cotton Field and Charity Secondary Schools. The formal programme featured poems and dances.
Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) also had a booth on early childhood and the “home to school transition”.