On Monday, March 5, the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao donated an assortment of English language science books to the University of Curacao. Present at the donation ceremony were U.S. Consul General Margaret Hawthorne, Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports Marilyn Alcala-Walle, Rector Magnificus of the University of Curacao Francis de Lanoy, and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Ergün Erkoçu.
The books are an important addition to the university’s current English language book collection and are intended to stimulate educational activities for elementary and high school students involving experiments or construction of models in one of the science disciplines. After completion of the project, students will be able to present their science project at a science fair. The collection includes books on science projects and science fair ideas. It also supports student education exchange programs.
It is one of the goals of the University of Curacao to promote science and to stimulate young people to be prepared to think deeply and to think well so they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing the world.
The United States Consulate General hopes that this collection will contribute to a better understanding of the U.S., its diverse culture, and its interest in promoting science through research and development, education and teaching, leadership, and public policy formation.
“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world…” — President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015