Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, User, Jason Hise STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, essentially defines the preparation of students in the proficiency in these core units while placing emphasis on modelling real world problems and simulating solutions. Whether STEM initiatives are integrated into or stand apart from regular … [Read more...] about STEM: Where the Caribbean stands?
On a recent visit to a Jamaican School, I was transported back in time to my childhood. I grew up in a rural area. Our house sat in the middle of a quintessentially English village with gardens and fields, a river, rolling green hills which abruptly turn into limestone cliffs and then tumble into the sea. Given my rural upbringing in a particularly beautiful part of the … [Read more...] about Putting biodiversity education in the fast lane in Jamaica
If you had told me two years ago that my tourism project would lead me to be part of a team filming a video in a music studio, I wouldn’t have believed you. But that is precisely what happened, together with Jamoi, one of several young Jamaican men who had turned his life around with this project – a project which combined sustainable tourism in Jamaica and at-risk … [Read more...] about How Sustainable Tourism in Jamaica Opened Doors for Youth
I have always found it fascinating to learn about how scientific “discoveries” are made. Scientists have the power of observing the ordinary and seeing the extraordinary. One of my favorite cases comes from an episode I watched some years ago on the Discovery Channel where a Physics professor from the University of Chicago, Sidney Nagel, one morning, as he was pouring himself a … [Read more...] about The “Coffee-Stain Puzzle”
Most countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) confront problems with low education quality in their remote regions. Low education quality is brought on by insufficiently trained teachers, poor learning outcomes exemplified by below average examination scores (see for example regional Caribbean examination results in mathematics and language on www.cxc.org), and issues of … [Read more...] about Over the Rainbow Somewhere out there