Hundreds of guests flocked to the Cave Hill grounds of the University of the West Indies (UVI) campus on Saturday as the Science and Technologies Festival 2023 culminated.

Arlene Weeks, co-ordinator of the 3-day occasion, hailed it as a accomplishment, saying it had attracted thousands of men and women due to the fact it opened on Thursday morning.

Weekes, who is the innovation officer at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, Science and Technologies (MIIST), mentioned Barbados Currently that the aim of the festival was to additional “popularize” and celebrate science and technologies.

“We’re attempting to bring science to the men and women.” We want to popularize science and technologies. “We want to demystify it and we also want to celebrate science, how it impacts our lives, simply because almost everything we do has its genesis in science,” mentioned Weeks, who mentioned she is currently hunting forward to the subsequent science and technologies festival.

This year’s occasion was held beneath the theme Innovation for sustainable livingsupplied an chance for kids and adults to engage and interact with the exhibits, which span various places of science and technologies, which includes artificial intelligence, agricultural coding and robotics.

There have been about 65 exhibitors from kindergartens, major, secondary and tertiary educational institutions, as effectively as representatives of the private and public sector and non-governmental organizations.

“The response was phenomenal. We’ve passed thousands of college little ones more than the previous two days, and currently parents are coming back and bringing little ones back simply because they want to interact with the robot a small far more, they want to do some far more coding and hands-on activities. Weekes mentioned.

“We had various hands-on exhibits exactly where the little ones came in and produced all types of points – they produced ice cream, slime, bubbles beneath the tent and interacted with robots and did coding and robotics. There was also animation, there was a flight simulator in the back and there was an avatar of Patsy Bayan,” she mentioned.

The occasion, which was a collaboration among the Faculty of Science and Technologies at UVI, Cave Hill Campus and the Division of Science, Study and Innovation at MIIST, arose out of the then SciTech Expo, which ran till 2020, but is will cease due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and 2022.

“We went back and we worked,” Weekes stated, “We changed it simply because we wanted to bring a various point of view. We are getting into the digital age,” she mentioned.

Exhibitors who spoke with Barbados Currently they mentioned they have been pleased with the interest from each kids and adults, adding that they have been confident the nation had a vibrant future in the field of science, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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