Barbados Ministry of Education and Center for Science and
Bridgetown, Barbados, Aug. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Honorable Kay McConney, Barbados Minister of Education and Center for Science and Industry (COSI), the ‘Nation’s 1st Science Museum’ voted by USA Today’s 10Best are coming together to launch a new initiative to provide hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) kits, called Learning Lunchboxes, to inspire youth and families.
Learning Lunchboxes are fun and practical kits that feature five learning activities that showcase the diversity of STEM. COSI handed out over 400 NASA-themed space kits, which have over 10 hours of space-themed content, at this event today and will be handing out an additional 100 Virgin Hyperloop kits to high school students at the fall. The event featured fun science experiments for the young people and families in attendance, as well as members of the Barbados Department of Education and community leaders.
“COSI’s mission is to engage, inspire and transform lives and communities. The importance of STEM education cannot be understated, and COSI provides access and exposure to STEM internationally with our STEM Education Kits and Learning Lunchbox program,” said Dr Frederic Bertley. , President and CEO of COSI. “We are grateful for the partnership with the Government of Barbados, the Honorable Minister Kay McConney and the team at the Department of Education, Technology and Skills Training. We are grateful for this first program towards a long-lasting partnership with Barbados, and hope to expand the program across the Caribbean, bringing science and fun to more learners through COSI.
“We worked hard together smartly, but this partnership only started a few months ago. The partnership with COSI serves to demonstrate how quickly, with the right partners, we are able to bring science to life for our students,” said the Honorable Kay McConney, Barbados Minister of Education. “It doesn’t take years, it just takes a willing government, capable partners and enthusiastic kids to put you on the path to the next big thing.”
COSI has traditionally distributed kits to local food banks across the United States and around the world to help feed hungry lives and feed hungry minds. This innovative community model brings together other informal and formal education leaders to highlight the importance of STEM and to help bridge the education gap.
COSI recently partnered with NASA and the US State Department to showcase STEM innovation through Learning Lunch Boxes at World Expo Dubai. COSI has also distributed these kits in London, Paris and other countries.
For more information, visit COSI.org/connect.
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COSI, the “No. 1 Science Museum in the Nation” voted by USA Today’s 10Best, is a renowned science center that has delighted central Ohio with all things science for 58 years, inspiring interest for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and offering our brand of experiential and “hands-on fun” learning. As a trusted educational resource for families, schools, and community partners, COSI is an essential part of our community, engaging more than one million people each year through onsite, offsite, and online experiences.