Twenty-four projects have been submitted for the 3rd annual Sagicor Visionaries Challenge in Dominica which is scheduled for 11 May 2016.
The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge was conceptualized by Sagicor and the Caribbean Science Foundation, in partnership with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
It targets secondary school students to identify a challenge facing their school or community, using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, referred to as the STEM subjects, to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to address the issue identified.
“We are proud to announce that there are twenty four projects submitted which is awesome,” General Manager of Sagicor Life Inc., Cheryl Rolle told Vibes Radio on Wednesday 20 April 2016.
“We have students from the Goodwill Secondary School, the St Mary’s Academy, Convent and St. Martin Secondary School just to name a few,” Mrs Rolle informed.
Mrs. Rolle informed that the basic concepts have been submitted to the marketing department and they are in the process of obtaining judges. All the criteria for judging can be found online.
The winner will be rewarded with a trip to Florida along with their teacher and have the opportunity to visit the University of Florida and the Kennedy Space Centre. There will be cash prizes including 5000 U.S dollars to the winning school as well as first and second prizes.
“Sagicor believes that our young students have a lot of potential and we are basically tapping into their creativity, energy and their ability to think and to create. Therefore Sagicor Visionaries challenge continue to be an integral part of our cooperate responsibility,” Mrs Rolle said.
Mrs. Rolle believes that the objectives of Sagicor visionaries Challenge are being met, since students are pursuing studies on the projects that they worked on.
“From what I understand the students who won the competition are doing well at college. The first student who won Kendra Jean Jacques now wants to pursue renewable energy engineering”.
She noted that the competition opens a whole new world, not only to the winners but all those who participate.
“Some of them have never traveled and been to the United States and even if they have done so, they have not been exposed to the Science Foundation, the Space Centre and other places they would visit. It gives them a stepping stone and a view of what the possibilities are for them.”
Mrs. Rolle called on the general public, principals, parents and other students to support the competing students.
“Fathers, find out if your students are doing the projects and please fathers, come support. There are twenty-four children submitting the projects so I need to see twenty-four fathers. Come and support your children, make them see that they are special and congratulate them on their hard work,” Mrs Rolle appealed.