Harrison College and the Combermere School’s ‘C’ debating teams are the finalists in the National Council for Science and Technology’s (NCST) science and lecture debating competition.

The contest takes place on Wednesday, March 18, at the Grand Salle, Tom Adams Financial Centre, St. Michael, starting at 9:30 a.m. The schools will be rivals discussing the topic: Science, Technology and Innovation are Essential for our Future Development; but we in Barbados have not seized on Their Importance and are Doing Little to Encourage and Promote their Development.

At the end of the competition, Minister of Economic Affairs and Empowerment, Innovation, Trade, Industry and Commerce, Dr. David Estwick will address the students and present the Minister’s Challenge Trophy to the victorious school. They will also visit the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC. 

The second place winner will travel to Trinidad and Tobago to represent Barbados at the Caribbean Youth Science Forum in August, while other prizes will be presented to participants that demonstrated remarkable skills and submitted thoroughly researched material.

The debating and lecture series, which began last December, was developed by the NCST to educate students about the importance of science and technology and its role in the island’s economic development. 


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