JPS Foundation powers energy camp

By Shanique Hayden

Tuesday, July 22, 2014    

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THIS summer, 30 students from several of Kingston’s, St Andrew’s and St Catherine’s most at-risk communities are getting an exciting introduction to electricity generation.

The JPS Foundation is engaging these students in its Summer Energy Camp 2014 as part of the Foundation’s Energy Education Programme.

The students were selected to be a part of the camp based on their interest, exposure to, and promising futures in science, electrical engineering and energy.

Summer Energy Camp, which is being hosted at the JPS Sports Club on Ruthven Road, began on Monday, July 14 and will run for two weeks.

It will have daily sessions to teach the students about the basics of electricity generation and transmission, renewable energy, and environmental and social issues.

The lessons are being delivered by JPS staff members as well as thought leaders from the Engineering Department at the University of the West Indies and University of Technology.

The students will also be taken on two field trips — first to JPS’ Rockfort Power Plant in East Kingston and the second to tour JPS’ Munro Wind Farm and Maggoty Hydroplant in St Elizabeth.

At the end of the two week period there will be a graduation and awards ceremony where the students will be recognised for their participation and work during the camp.

JPS Foundation Manager, Nathelie Taylor, said the camp is a part of the foundation’s mandate to empower Jamaica’s young people.

“JPS Foundation recognises the need to capture the imagination and creativity of Jamaica’s youth in an effort to help them help Jamaica to find solutions to the energy challenges,” Taylor said.

She added that the staging of the Summer Energy Camp is in keeping with the foundation’s restructured mission of improving lives and empowering Jamaicans through charitable development projects in energy education, conservation and innovation.

The students are from Charlie Smith High, Denham Town High, Jonathon Grant High, Norman Manley High, Tivoli Gardens High, Kingston College, Ardenne High, Vauxhall High and Trench Town High.

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