Education & Popularization

The Science & Technology Education Unit is the schools’ public education arm of the Scientific Research Council, with a general mission to promote the interest, awareness and understanding of Science & Technology among our school population. The launching of the Schools’ Science & Technology Societies (science clubs) in 1996 created the pathway by which students could engage in various activities that seek to strengthen their understanding of science & technology in an informal yet stimulating manner. The Schools Science & Technology Societies are formed in both primary/prep and secondary schools, with a membership of over 700 schools islandwide. This includes all secondary high schools and some primary/prep schools. Members of the Science Societies are furnished with materials to stimulate further interest in the programme such as a quarterly newsletter, badges/buttons, a charter to signify membership as well as the club’s constitution. These programmes are made possible though collaborative networks established across companies and other stakeholders who assist from time to time with many aspects/areas of the programmes’ operations. These may include technical support in the form of judging of competitions, participation on committees, sponsorship in cash or kind, etc.

Our stakeholders include mainly:

  • The Association of Science Teachers of Jamaica (ASTJ)
  • The Ministry of Education
  • Public & Private Sector Bodies

The objectives of the Science and Education Unit are:

  • To increase the attractiveness of ST&I to students
  • To increase the number of graduates entering careers in ST&I
  • To foster curiosity and interest in science among primary/prep school students
  • To contribute to higher numbers of students qualified and literate in ST&I
  • To equip teachers with resources to better teach science through professional development programmes
  • To provide teachers with first-hand experience of industry examples of ST&I at works, which will improve their delivery in the classroom.

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