NIHERST has been appointed as the official operating partner for the Shell Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Programme. Shell Trinidad and Tobago has been implementing this national programme for the past 4-5 years. The programme aims to strengthen the energy sector’s talent pipeline and the country’s effort at economic diversification by enhancing critical thinking, creativity and problem solving through strengthening awareness, competence and delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics within the educational system.
STEM Centres represent key opportunities for informal education and hands on learning around innovative science and technology resources. They communicate not only the fundamentals of STEM but also how STEM connects to the everyday and real world. This makes STEM more relatable and inspiring and makes the ever important connection between science and society.
Objectives of the Shell STEM Centres and Shell Science Bus:
- To engage youth in hands-on activities that excite their interest in learning about phenomena in the natural and physical world.
- To develop 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork.
- To develop students' interest in STEM, with a focus on Innovation, Invention and Technopreneurship.
- To build skills in the use of the available technology and software in technological innovation and entrepreneurship in STEM fields.
- To develop collaboration, creativity, and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in students.
- To encourage youth to pursue further studies and careers in STEM fields.
The Programme targets students aged 5-18 from early childhood care, primary and secondary schools.
Activities of the Shell STEM Centres and Shell Science Bus:
- Daily workshops
- After-school programmes and clubs
- Vacation camps
- Outreach programmes executed across Trinidad to stimulate interest in STEM Centres
- STEM career events