Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science

by Society for Scientific Advancement
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Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Uplift Jamaican Schoolchildren Through Science
Creating Chains
Creating Chains

Thanks to your ongoing support, Summer STEPS was a success! SOSA virtually delivered a riveting workshop introducing students to the concept of Blockchain and cryptocurrency. 

Our curious young participants were excited to learn the concepts and fundamentals of cryptocurrency and blockchain, and how it could be applied to real-world scenarios. They then applied these concepts to an interactive game by hashing (hashing is a common term when discussing blockchain technology that involves transformation and generation of input data!). 

Through an engaging Q&A session, they also learned about the career track, job duties and educational background on becoming a Data Scientist. 

We are happy to report that our students were excited to learn how ledgers worked and what blockchain meant! One student remarked - “I didn't know that there were so many aspects to creating an NFT, like using block chain”.

SOSA continues to expose students to new and exciting cutting-edge technologies and we are happy to report that 100% of participating students are looking forward to another innovative STEPS workshop!

Thank you for your continued support!

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Crack The Code!
Crack The Code!

SOSA is looking to break the crypto code this summer!

When bitcoins hit the scene, an associated technology also got quite a bit of attention – BLOCKCHAIN! Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies are digital currencies, and blockchain is the technology that keeps records of all the exchanges. 

Simply put, blockchain is like a ledger, with important features to push the envelope on security, decentralization, and transparency – a peer-to-peer network manages the blockchain, transactions can be viewed by everyone, and they can’t be changed or reversed. This makes them tamper free.

Blockchain has penetrated many markets since bitcoin – it is now used by many businesses to record transactions, track assets, and automate workflow. This includes the supply chain, healthcare, financial services, and oil and gas - so it impacts us in many ways!

SOSA welcomes students from ages 8-18 in July for this exciting opportunity for active learning on crypto and blockchain. Who do you know that wants to break the crypto code?? Follow Society for Scientific Advancement on LinkedIn, Instagram, or Facebook for clues!

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Introduction to Natural Disasters
Introduction to Natural Disasters

SOSAvember STEPS was an “en-lightning” experience! 169 primary and secondary students located across Kingston Jamaica, learned about how natural disasters develop worldwide, and most importantly, how they might be mitigated with the use of technologies available and the skills of individuals employed in a career in STEM.

 

Closer to home, our breakout activities focused on hurricane detection, preparedness, mitigation and recovery, as the Caribbean is threatened by hurricanes every year. Our students experienced what it would be like to be a civil engineer and design cities that are better equipped to manage such threats. Students were also able to prepare a hurricane evacuation plan.

 

We wrapped up the day's events discussing how artificial intelligence is used to track hurricanes and give accurate predictions on their intensities and path. Students were intrigued with our final activity that focused on current AI technology, machine learning, and designing their own mock artificial intelligence machine.

 

Overall, our students learnt about the use of technology to study weather patterns, how engineers prepare infrastructure to withstand natural disasters, and how artificial intelligence plays a critical role in tracking and predicting these occurrences. 

 

We thoroughly enjoyed teaching our STEPS students this past November, and it seems they had lots of fun too. Here are a few comments from our participants:

 

“It made me care more about the environment and how things need to be fixed” – Primary school student

 

“It helped me to know that there is more to science than just bones and chemicals” – Primary school student

 

“The event influenced me, not sure about others, but it definitely had a huge impact on the way I think about STEM careers now. Stem careers is any job in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. With a foundation in these subjects, a STEM career allows you to solve problems, develop new ideas and conduct research. Advanced science, technology, engineering or math knowledge. These careers have had a huge impact on our economy and society.” – High school student



Technology and Weather
Technology and Weather
AI in Weather
AI in Weather
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Introduction to Immunity
Introduction to Immunity

Under the theme 'Demystifying Vaccines', we hosted primary and secondary school students in some virtual STEM fun! We explored the world of vaccines, a hotly debated topic currently... 

Starting off with an explanation of our immune system and how it works, we discussed different kinds of immunity and the type that vaccines confer. We next delved into the stages of vaccine development, and eventually landed on the COVID-19 vaccines and what made them similar and different compared to the vaccines before them. 
Given differing public opinions, we designed this session to inform students about vaccines, and to encourage them to do their own research. The key take-away here was to seek out reliable (and multiple!) sources of information. 
During the first breakout room session, students were able to simulate an outbreak, with and without a vaccine, to see how it is that a highly vaccinated population developed herd immunity, thereby protecting even the unvaccinated from the virus. 
In the second session, students were given insight on what it's like to be a clinical trial participant, including the measures taken to protect the participants.
We got some feedback that the session boosted STEM interest and confidence, or reinforced dreams of pursuing STEM careers -
"My dream is to become a doctor and participating in this workshop has given me a new drive to pursue that dream."
 
"Boosts my knowledge because id like to be a doctor one day."
 
"It has increased my love for engineering."
 
For others, it increased their knowledge of the field, with one student having a chuckle over their newly found knowledge:
 
"I did not know what herd immunity was. I hadn't even HERD of it. Get my joke?"
 
We get the joke :) 
 
But one thing the students all had in common? They would all attend another STEPS workshop!
 
Here's to another successful STEPS, thank you for your continued support!!!
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What does it mean to be lab grown?
What does it mean to be lab grown?

How do Coding and Lab Grown Meat go together?

In a workshop designed to introduce cutting-edge technology, where we focus on innovation and environmental health – our students bring us back down to earth…

What topic are they most enthralled with? Cow farts!!

We harness their enthusiasm – after all, cows produce methane, which over time impacts climate change. So, the topic that intrigued our young audience could be the basis of a sustainable solution to our climate issue!

 We combine subject areas – computer science, biology, and engineering. Students were introduced to computer coding to simulate their very own lab grown meat! First, they generated code to create growth medium in a virtual environment. This became the ideal environment to “grow” their own laboratory derived meat. Next, Step by step, they coded “meat berries”.

The end result – “meat grown in a virtual lab!!” – as our students exclaimed. Using this multi-dimensional learning approach, we facilitated lively discussions on how lab-grown meat could positively influence the climate and the environment. We touched on topics ranging from how traditionally grown meat may be contaminated with bacteria after being slaughtered, and lab grown meat could avoid this bacterial contamination. We also discussed the potential for lab grown meat to provide more control over nutritional content, which became a strong topic for debate amongst the young minds.

Our participants thoroughly enjoyed the coding activity, many counting it as the activity they enjoyed most for the day. We were able to reignite one student’s passion for coding as they commented on that aspect as their favorite activity, “I loved coding but I forgot about it until they (the facilitators) were talking about it”.

Other students enjoyed learning about coding and its utility based on one of their future goals – to create an app. Another student’s feedback reassured us that we accomplished our mission when he said that the day’s activities influenced him to do more research into the world climate clock and what technology can do to help.

SOSA is dedicated to keeping all young students abreast of the advancement of technology in our world and how it may impact us. We appreciate your continued support in this venture!

Meat grown in a virtual lab!
Meat grown in a virtual lab!
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