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bmobile partners with NIHERST for first Carnival Science Week

1. Behind the Wheel - Primary School students learn the ins-and-outs of road safety at a recent NIHERST facilitated Science Week

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad - February 18,  2019

Communications giant, bmobile, has joined forces with NIHERST to host Trinidad and Tobago’s first ever Carnival Science Week; a six day educational event that explores the dynamic relationship between science and the greatest show on earth; carnival. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the NIHERST National Science Centre Headquarters in D’Abadie from February 18 to 23.

Carnival Science Week will showcase the impact of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) on our country’s most renowned cultural festival, with activities, workshops and seminars for children and adults. The aim is to promote and advance citizens’ knowledge and understanding of science, technology and innovation so that they are informed about scientific issues and can apply new developments in science and technology to their daily lives.

One of the key events during Carnival Science Week is the Career Day for Secondary School students. This session is intended to inspire students to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), develop the students’ skills in creativity, critical thinking and problem solving and support teachers in their efforts to inspire students to pursue STEM subjects.

As a local company whose operations are deeply etched in technology, TSTT views technology as a driver of national development and one of the keys to economic diversification. “We are extremely proud to partner with NIHERST on this initiative because they’ve found a creative way to educate the public and stimulate our young people’s interest in Science and Technology all while relating it to our rich culture and indigenous festivals. At TSTT, we recognize the importance of STEM education to the country’s overall development and will remain committed to supporting and investing in innovative tech-based programmes such as the Carnival Science Week. The world is growing increasingly dependent on technology so we must ensure that Trinidad and Tobago is not left behind” stated Marsha Caballero, TSTT’s Senior Manager Corporate Communications.

Carnival Science Week has attractions for all age groups. Some of the Carnival-themed activities visitors can look forward to include designing carnival costumes using 3D design pens, hands-on workshops on the art of wire bending, music production, learning the science behind the sound of the steelpan, and the science of colour. Other attractions also include robotics, interactive exhibits, science shows and NIHERST’s highly anticipated astronomy night.

Adafih Thomas, NIHERST’s Science Education Coordinator keenly noted, “This event aspires to highlight and celebrate the universality of science with themed displays and hands-on activities related to Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival and we hope that our visitors and participants will gain some insight into the impact of science technology and innovation on Carnival.” Thomas also explained that in designing the programme, NIHERST was intent on factoring in socially responsible sessions such as “Drunken Mashup”; a seminar that addresses the effects of excessive alcohol consumption, and doing their part to revive the dying art of wire bending. She also noted that with activities like the Escape Room, both children and adults can benefit by utilizing their analytical and problem solving skills while practicing their communication and team work skills in a fun, learning environment.

With over 15 sessions to enjoy, visitors are sure to have a memorable experience at this year’s Carnival Science Week. For more information, the public can visit NIHERST’s website – www.niherst.gov.tt or their social media pages.