The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards which is also the National Metrology Institute is marking the observance with a focus on students in science specifically physics.
The SLBS has invited students of Form 4 (Grade 10) Physics classes in the North of the island from six (6) secondary schools to visit our Metrology Laboratory where physics is applied in the verification and calibration of measuring instruments.
The SLBS will extend the visit to schools in the South later in the year when we observe World Standards Day in October.
Metrology is the science of measurement. Metrology and the use of the International System of Units or metric system of measurement is part of the Physics Syllabus of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (www.cxc.org).
This visit to our Metrology Laboratory we hope will inspire the next generation of metrologists, physicists and engineers. Our commemoration of World Metrology Day 2016 is particularly poignant for the SLBS. In November 2015 Saint Lucia became the first Caribbean country and smallest nation in the world to receive the prestigious OIML Award for Excellent Contributions in Legal Metrology in Developing Countries.
Legal metrology is the application of legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) is the world’s premier intergovernmental treaty organization for legal metrology.
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards is keen to work with students to support interest in science and to raise awareness and promote an appreciation among them for quality and standards.