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JPS partners to deliver energy education

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Dr Patrice Simmonds-Brooks (left) poses with some of Jamaica’s future engineers during the Caribbean Scientific Institute Jamaica summer camp, hosted at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona, last week.

THE JPS Foundation recently got behind the effort to shape the minds of future scientists, partnering with the Caribbean Scientific Institute (CSI) Jamaica in the delivery of their 2016 summer camp.

The camp, which concluded at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona, last week, sought to bridge the gap between real-life science, medicine and technology and students - in a state-of-the-art environment.

Over the course of three weeks, it catered to youngsters aged nine to 18, offering different camp segments each week: Junior Doctor, Junior Engineer, and Forensic Science.

Participating schools included St Jago High, Excelsior High, St Andrew High for Girls, Life Academy, Vaz Preparatory, and Stony Hill Primary.

As a junior engineer partner, the foundation provided not only monetary support but also a speaker and assessor.

Phillip Jarrett, JPS parish manager for Kingston and St Andrew North, was impressed with the level of knowledge and commitment on show from campers and facilitators.

"It was indeed an enlightening and fulfilling experience to see and hear these young people. Everything taught was absorbed and applied," he said.

"At the end of the camp, I felt enlightened and encouraged to know that these lives were impacted positively and that the knowledge they left with would be shared with their peers. These students are now more equipped to play a part in Jamaica's energy revolution," Jarrett added.


Meanwhile, CSI Jamaica opted to incorporate the concept of renewable energy into their Junior Engineer programme, reflecting the camp theme of 'Renewable Energy: The Power is Yours'.

The daily workshops combined theory and practice that made solar, hydro-electric and wind energy come alive for the students, who then created models of each renewable to demonstrate their understanding.

"JPS Foundation places much emphasis on energy education as well as science, energy and technology innovation. We were pleased to support the CSI Jamaica Camp and play a part in the exposure and hands-on experience involved in the experience," said Jacinth Morgan Collie, manager of the JPS Foundation.

"We look forward to the continued partnership as we improve lives and empower Jamaicans through charitable development projects in energy education, conservation and innovation," she added.