Alice Tettey, GNA
Cape Coast, Sept.
14, GNA – A University Lecturer has appealed to the Government to fully equip
all science resource centres to whip up the interest of children in the study
of science, technology and mathematics.
Dr Ato Brown, Head
of Anatomy Department of University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences
(UCCSMS), said the study of science, technology and mathematics without the
required resources is difficult and unattractive.
Dr Brown who was
addressing the closing ceremony of a five-day Science, Technology, Mathematics and Innovation Education (STMIE)
Camp for 375 students drawn from 15 districts in the Central Region, said
tutors of these subjects must also be highly motivated to give of their best .
The camp enabled the
participants to undertake various innovative science projects developed by the
students, which included a windmill censor, mesh deck solar oven, door-mat
alarm and fire extinguisher.
Dr Brown urged
science, technology and mathematics teachers to adopt student-centered approach
to the teaching and learning of the subjects to make it more effective,
flexible and interesting for as many students as possible to develop interest
in the subjects.
Since every great
discovery starts with a question, students must develop critical minds and come
out with their own learning methods to make their studies easier.
They should also
read extensively to build a solid foundation for their future career and consider
choosing science related careers to help develop the nation, he noted.
Dr Brown advised
science teachers not to lose focus and desire for the teaching of the subjects
in the face of lack of incentives, but to give of their best in the interest of
their students and the growth of the country.
He urged the
participants to maintain the enthusiasm with which they carry out the various
projects and encourage their school mates to take up the study of the subjects.
Mr Arthur Payne,
Regional STMIE Coordinator commended the students for the innovative projects
displayed and urged them not to rest on their oars but come out with more
scientific based projects and improve upon them.
Mr Samuel Agudogu,
Chief Judge of the project tasked the students to continue to make research and
come out with high innovative projects.
He said many of the
schools do not adhere to scientific approach to their projects.
He said getting it
wrong in science is not a big deal because they could find other means to
achieve the desired result and encouraged them to do so.
exhibition, Amanful Catholic Boys from the Cape Coast Metro invented a
door-door unit signal light flash and came first, Swedru SDA Basic and Swedru
AMA Basic both in the Agona West Municipality which exhibited a windmill censor
and mesh-deck solar oven came second and third.
Also in a quiz
competition, Agona East was adjudged first with 36 points, followed by Gomoa
East with 35 points and Agona West with 33 points.