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2015 VINLEC National Science and Technology Fair kicks off next month

2015 VINLEC National Science and Technology  Fair kicks off next month

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The 2015 VINLEC National Science and Technology Fair is coming in November, thanks to the Ministry of Education, St Vincent Electricity Services Ltd (VINLEC) and the SVG Science Teachers’ Association (SVGSTA).{{more}}

The theme of this year’s fair – “Scientific and technological literacy: An imperative for a green Vincentian Society,” urges Vincentians to appreciate the role that Science and Technology play in our country and to think about ways in which science can be used to preserve and make our world more sustainable.

The objectives of the fair include:

  • To provide a satisfactory forum and opportunity for healthy competition on the individual and institutional level
  • To focus attention on future scientists as it highlights their inventiveness, creativity and innovation
  • To give public recognition to persons for the work they have done
  • To increase interest among students and thus encourage more students to become involved in Science and Science-related careers
  • To improve communities’ perception of Science

The fair continues the mandate of the SVGSTA, envisioned when the association began in 2002. Since its inception, the SVGSTA members have worked to strengthen Science education in schools, and towards the improvement of the teaching/learning experience of students, teachers and the general public through various projects over the years. These projects included:

  • Hosting several workshops to assist primary and secondary school Science teachers in delivering practical Science lessons and marking SBAs for CXC
  • Giving lectures to students regarding scientific practices and study techniques such as the SQ3R
  • Hosting national Secondary Schools’ Science quizzes

The 2015 VINLEC-sponsored National Science and Technology Fair, is scheduled for November 9 to 13, 2015 at the Girl Guides Headquarters. The slogan this year is “Going Green in 2015”. The fair is open to everyone (whether student or adult) who is interested in showcasing investigations, inventions, models etc. and offers the opportunity to win great prizes!

The age categories include:

  • Kindergarten (Grade K)
  • Lower Primary (Grades 1-3)
  • Upper Primary (Grade 4-6)
  • Lower Secondary (Grade 7-9/Forms 1-3)
  • Upper Secondary (Grade 10-11/Form 4-5)
  • Post-Secondary (all post-secondary levels)
  • Whole school projects and open/public

Projects for the fair may be entered under the following categories:

  • Agricultural science
  • Behavioural and social science
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental sciences
  • Physics
  • Medicine and health
  • Biology
  • Food Science
  • Explanatory model
  • Scientific drawings/posters
  • ‘Go Creative’

Persons desirous of entering the fair are cautioned to be aware of the following:

  • Projects may be entered by an individual or group of up to three persons
  • Projects must be accompanied by a poster and written report that does not exceed 1 square metre of space
  • No dangerous, flammable, explosive or toxic materials, open flame or heat source, live animals or human body fluids will be allowed at the fair
  • No animals should be harmed in the production of the project
  • Exhibits should be registered and set up no later than 5:00 pm on Monday 9th November
  • Projects involving moving parts should be contained to the space of the exhibit
  • Exhibitors are expected to stay with their projects to ensure that they are present during judging and to ensure the security of their projects

The general public is invited to view the projects on November 12 (8:30 – 4:00) and November 13 (8:30 – 12:30). The SVGSTA looks forward to seeing a full school and public participation in the 2015 Vinlec National Science Fair. Do not miss your chance to be a part of this creative and exciting process of our nation’s scientific ingenuity!

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