Jamaica News, Kingston: Approximately 66 local and international students will be participating in the action component of the ‘Energy For Young Minds’ (EFYM) programme this year.
The EFYM is an online resource tool for secondary students being spearheaded by the Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS) Department of the Scientific Research Council (SRC).
It received a sponsorship boost on Thursday, May 31 from Marathon Insurance Brokers.
At the handover ceremony at the SRC’s Hope Gardens Office in Kingston, Technical Information Officer at the CEIS, Carol Davis, said this component will help the students to understand the step-by-step process of various projects, and how they operate.
The students will be involved in a two-week residential camp from July 27 to August 9, where they will be exposed to various companies and institutions utilising different aspects of energy.
Executive Director at the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley, said the students will be going through the organisations to get a better understanding and to appreciate the process.
“We want them to not only know that electrons are the medium through which electricity passes, because they can’t see the electrons, but they can see the light bulb, they can see the solar panels and they can engage in the process of doing the necessary connections and the positioning of the panels, so they can better appreciate what is happening at a level where their eyes can’t see it,” Dr. Riley explained.
“It’s one thing to go through the various theories, laws and principles, but how do we make this relatable; how do we translate and package science in such a way that persons can understand and interact with it,” he added.
Dr. Riley argued that solutions will not come from the aged population; it will come from the youth, “so we have to support them, we have to create an environment where they are listened to, where they are encouraged, and where we mentor and transfer some of our knowledge and experiences to these youngsters”.
Participants in the programme will include students from more than 20 schools in Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados.
They will visit locations such as the Jamaica Public Service, Wigton Wind Farm, local universities as well as a selection of cultural sites.
The EFYM helps students with content for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subjects that have an energy component. Some of the subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Social Studies, Geography, Electrical Installations and Environmental Studies.
Other features of the EFYM include materials for School-Based Assessments (SBAs), energy calculators, manuals, CSEC syllabi, games, puzzles and quizzes.
Source: JIS News