Ten New York City Middle Schools competed for a regional championship at NYC Middle School Science Bowl, which was observed by two representatives from Liberia Ministry of Education.
The two MOE representatives are: Ms. Sangay Faeflen, Director of Science Education at MOE, and Mr. Lynon Martor, District Education Officer of Bain Garr in Nimba County. “It’s really amazing what some of these kids know.”Said, Ms. Faeflen.
Like “TV Jeopardy game!”, teams have five seconds to hit their buzzers and answer a question related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). This year regional champs are the students from Hunter College Middle School. They will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national level, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.
In support of STEM education in Liberia, the I-HELP Liberia Project has hosted two annual science bowl competitions for high school students in Liberia (2015 and 2016). In order to sustain the competitions in Liberia, the project brought the two MOE representatives in the US to learn the details of the competitions.
The MOE team will also witness the Bay Scallop Bowl, a regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) held annually in New York. This bowl is hosted by the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences(SoMAS) at Stony Brook University and will take place on the Stony Brook University campus on a Saturday, February 18. The competition features teams of high school students competing for cash prizes and a chance to represent New York State in the NOSB final competition.
Secondly, the I-HELP Liberia Project has arranged for the MOE team to visit two research labs in New York Citythat strongly support STEM education in the US, including Dr. Ruth E. Stark, Director, CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies, Distinguished Professor and Member of CUNY Doctoral Faculty. The team will also visit the Cohen Lab at Harvard University.
Being in the US, the MOE reps will have the opportunity to continue the discussion with I-HELP Liberia Project on the development of a STEM laboratory manuals, Liberia Science Bowl 2017, and Liberia Math Olympia in June 2017.