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Ministry of Education and Youth Leads Charge in Advancing STEM Education Across Jamaica

Inaugural STEM Day 2024 Celebrated at Manning’s School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland

In a concerted effort to propel student learning and innovation, the Ministry of Education and Youth has spearheaded initiatives to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education throughout Jamaica. The significance of this endeavor was underscored by Dr. Michelle Pinnock, the Ministry’s Director for Region Four, during her address at the inaugural STEM Day 2024 held at Manning’s School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.

Under the theme ‘STEM Solutions for a Sustainable Future’, Dr. Pinnock highlighted the Ministry’s commitment to fostering a sustainable STEM future through various pilot programs in schools across the nation. Notably, she announced The Mico University College’s groundbreaking $2.5 billion scholarship program, backed by the government, aimed at supporting 1,250 new student teachers pursuing STEM subjects.

During her address, Dr. Pinnock delineated specific STEM-related activities tailored to different grade levels, emphasizing the importance of integrating STEM concepts into the curriculum. From business education and agriculture to waste management and healthcare solutions, these activities aim to cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving skills among students.

The enthusiasm for STEM education was palpable as Dr. Pinnock highlighted the enjoyment students derive from engaging in STEM-related projects. Several schools, including Sydney Pagon STEM Academy, Dinthill Technical High School, and Herbert Morrison Technical High School, were commended for their efforts in promoting STEM careers and fostering student participation in projects such as agro-processing.

Moreover, the Ministry’s collaboration with 21st Century has resulted in the launch of STEM camps and projects aligned with the national standards curriculum, offering virtual STEM courses to 42 schools. Dr. Pinnock expressed gratitude to the private sector for its support in partnering with schools and providing resources to inspire students about STEM careers.

Principal Steve Gordon of Manning’s School echoed the sentiments of collective engagement in driving towards a sustainable future through STEM education. He highlighted the school’s dedication to STEM principles and the significant impact of the Victor Lowe STEM Centre, inaugurated on campus in 2023.

STEM Day 2024 saw participation from various schools, including Manning’s School, Green Island High School, Nain High School, Rusea’s High School, Excelsior High School, and Savanna-la-Mar Primary School. The event provided a platform for students to showcase their STEM-related projects and discover new skills, reinforcing the importance of STEM education in shaping Jamaica’s future.

As the Ministry of Education and Youth continues to champion STEM education initiatives, it is poised to foster a generation of innovative thinkers and problem solvers, driving Jamaica towards a brighter and more sustainable future.

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