FIVE Rivers Secondary School, national winners of the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge 2015/2016, captured second place from among the eight teams that competed for the title of regional champions and won US $3,000 for the school.
The project also copped the special prizes for Most Community Involvement and Most Relevant to School or Community.
It was a thrilling finish for Five Rivers, national winner of the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge two years in a row. For the 2015/2016 edition, Project Eco-Clean, under supervising teacher Jeanette Browne, aimed to create environmentally- friendly by-products from used cooking oil, and to encourage households, schools, communities and fast food outlets to adopt this efficient method for the disposal of used cooking oil, said a media release.
The team received a Caribbean Science Foundation computerised mobile science and technology centre (Vernier system); six microscience kits; GoPro cameras; Samsung smart watches and US$1,000 for the school.
The top three projects were announced at the closing ceremony, which was held at the University of South Florida, Tampa, The ceremony marked the end of the all-expense paid, seven-day STE M Ambassador Programme, which ran from July 11 to 15 in Tampa, Florida.
Queen’s College in Barbados won first prize with Sweet Coconut Grey Water Filtration System, while Antigua and Barbuda’s St Anthony’s Secondary School placed third with Organic Waste Reduction In Residential Areas. While in Tampa, De Souza and Browne, and other national winners from around the region, participated in design thinking, prototyping and digital fabrication workshops and a guided tour of the Kennedy Space Center. Their Tampa experience ended with a visit to the University of South Florida labs and the prize-giving ceremony for the regional winners.
The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge is a yearly, regional competition in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St Lucia, Tampa (Hillsborough County) and TT .
source: Trinidad and Tobago News Day (http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,231054.html)