Bridging the Gap with the Annual UB Science Fair

The University of Belize’s Faculty of Science and Technology hosted its Annual Science Fair at the UB Canpus in Belmopan earlier today.

The University partnered with stakeholders like the Belize Zoo, The Belmopan Diabetes Association, The Belize Audobon Society, and pothers to feature fun science experiments and informational booths, that ranged from topics like healthy living, vlcsnap-2014-11-28-22h57m09s115forest conservation, and marine protection.

The University opened its doors to secondary level students in Belmopan, in an attempt to bridge the gap between the generations of scientists.

Doctor Pio Saqui, Dean for the faculty of Science and Technology, spoke to Plus TV, and explained this process of motivating the future scientists and technicians and other experts, through the Annual UB Science Fair.

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vlcsnap-2014-11-28-22h59m29s223vlcsnap-2014-11-28-23h23m03s242Doctor Pio Saqui – Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology

“[We have] the senior professional people here, who are actually leaders really in science, and a lot of them [are] working here at the University of Belize.

If you visit the Engineering Department Booth you’re going to see several different activities or projects that they have done, are products of that. 

We’re allowing our UB students, who are not much older that high school students, to actually teach the young people, so that they can feel that this is not outside of their reach,  So these young high school students coming in, and experiencing this, being taught today by our UB students, it sort of bridges that gap of saying that our scientists are only  people who exist in text books.

So you can see that starting young people now is far more critical than anything else for us to do in terms of science.  We need young people to come here and say that, ‘I can do that.’ and that’s really what we want to see.”

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