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Science camp a success

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Science camp a success

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CAMP DESTINY closed yesterday with poems, experiments, skits and a CSI-like demonstration.
The seven-week camp, run by the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) at the St Stephen’s Primary School, Black Rock, St Michael, began on July 4.
It had a maximum enrolment of 70 children although that number had been reduced to 40 by the end of the camp.
The coordinator, NCST senior technical officer Arlene Weekes, said it was an “awesome” experience although the organizers would appreciate a larger budget.
“We’ve done so much and had so many field trips where the children saw science in real life, not just in theory but applied.
“However, we would like more money so we can reach more children. I would like to see more science camps being held at a time instead of just this one,” she said.
The highlight of the closing ceremony was a skit by the campers, re-enacting a crime scene and using science to determine the culprit, complete with the theme from the television show CSI: Miami and the David Caruso character “Horatio Caine” lookalike in Shacoby Riley.
Minister of Commerce and Trade Senator Haynesley Benn said he felt joy at seeing the children embrace science and technology.
“This camp is special as it is where budding scientists can learn new things.
“This is the age of technology and it gives me joy to see children utilizing it, as you are supposed to make use of the things available to you,” he said.
He also said he would look into increasing the NCST budget during the Estimates. (CA)