Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Science CSEC results for Guyana

According to a GINA report the results in Chemistry showed improvement.

However:
"The eleven subject areas where Guyana’s “performance did not measure up when compared with last year’s performance were: Biology, English A, English B, ... Integrated Science, Physics, ... Human & Social Biology, and Additional Mathematics."
With regard to these subjects the Minister said:
'“We therefore recognise that these performances indicate that appropriate measures have to be taken to ensure overall improved performance in all subject areas,” the Minister of Education stated.'
Performance in Mathematics was said to be "consistent".

Friday, July 28, 2017

STEM team returns to Guyana

Image from Guyana Chronicle
According to a report in the Guyana Chronicle:
The young Guyanese team...placed 10th after battling against 164 other countries from around the globe. The achievement by the nine-member team is phenomenal, considering that they had only four months to prepare for a competition which was new to them. However, their achievement is being celebrated by the Guyanese population.
The First Global web site gives some background:
FIRST Global organizes a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among the more than two billion youths across the world. 
but has little regarding the outcomes of the event.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A word more on STEM Robotics

I have not yet been able to find a report on the event which took place successfully on June 24th despite rainy weather. Here is another earlier report by Vidyaratha Kissoon.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

STEM Guyana

This initiative is introducing young people here in Guyana to the basics of robotics. According to an article in the Guyana Chronicle:
First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, met with the group of young Guyanese ... who are currently fine-tuning their robotic project in preparation for the inaugural Robot Olympics in Washington DC, USA in July.
More than 150 countries from around the world are expected to participate at the Robot Olympics. This initiative is part of the wider Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme, which was started last year under the aegis of the First Lady’s Office. It is being spearheaded by Ms. Karen Abrams, an overseas-based Guyanese.

An exhibition is planned for June 24th.

Further information is available from their websites:
http://stemguyana.com
https://m.facebook.com/stemguyana/


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ingenious Experiments in Astronomy and Physics

This article at space.com describes 5 experiments in astronomy and physics which involve quite a lot of interesting physics...

  • - discovering the first exoplant
  • - measuring the circumference of the Earth
  • - Einstein's thought experiemnts
  • - Millikan's oil drop
  • - Foucault's pendulum


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Some wierd physics

Physicists have developed a new kind of matter which is stable but changes periodically over time. It involves a complex quantum effect and is called a 'time crystal'. According to a report in Physics.org :
"Time crystals may sound like something from science fiction, having more to do with time travel or Dr. Who. These strange materials—in which atoms and molecules are arranged across space and time—are in fact quite real, and are opening up entirely new ways to think about the nature of matter. They also eventually may help protect information in futuristic devices known as quantum computers."
Sondhi said that the work addresses some of the most fundamental questions about the nature of matter. "It was thought that if a system doesn't settle down and come to equilibrium, you couldn't really say that it is in a phase. It is a big deal when you can give a definition of a phase of matter when the matter is not in equilibrium," he said.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Science podcasts

Some excellent podcasts for science and physics news can be found on the BBC podcast website of which the following I listen to regularly:

The Science Hour - "Science news and highlights of the week"

Science in Action - "The latest science research and news stories from all over the world" There is usually some overlap with "The Science Hour" but still worth getting.

Discovery - "Explorations in the world of science." This usually focuses on one topic.

Space - "Stories, opinion and debate from the final frontier"

and in the IT field there is:

Click - "Technological and digital news from around the world."

Tech Tent - "Your weekly status update on the technology business "