Nine secondary schools from across the island are today, Wednesday 11 May 2016, presenting their projects to a panel of eight judges in the third Sagicor Visionaries Challenge.
About twenty-five projects have been submitted in this year’s competition which is being held at the Goodwill Parish Hall in Roseau.
The students are from the St. Martin Secondary, Castle Bruce Secondary, St. Mary’s Academy, Goodwill Secondary, Convent High School, Seven Day Adventist, Pierre Charles Secondary, Portsmouth Secondary Schools and the Dominica State College.
General Manager of Sagicor, Cheryl Rolle, whilst addressing the students at the opening ceremony, said the experience is one they could they could use in the future.
“As I said everyone here is a winner. I want to thank you all for taking some time to work on your projects and to showcase our abilities”.
Mrs Rolle noted that these experiences could assist students in getting accepted at universities as well as secure scholarships.
“When you are applying to university in your application, you can actually put in that you participated in the Science, Technology Engineering and Math competition”.
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.
Lecturer at the Dominica State College, Luther Kosowan, who is one of the judges, reminded the students that they are the inspiration Dominica needs to progress.
“You are showing your inspiration and you are showing a level of understanding that exceeds most common sense,” Kosowan stated.
He added “If you invent something in your mind, you can invent it physically. This world does not progress on the backs of those that don’t do anything. It is on your backs, the doers in our society that will allow progress to happen”.
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.
The St Martin Secondary School has won the two previous competitions.