“The Green Way To Get Styrofoam Away” earned Queen’s College the top spot in the national Sagicor Visionaries Championship on Thursday, as well as awards for Best Plan and Project Design and Best Innovation and Best Presentation.
As part of their prizes, the team from Husbands, St. James won a computerised Caribbean Science & Technology Mobile Centre as well as six CXC-approved Science kits – three biology, two chemistry and one physics. The project also got a Trophy and certificate, while the team leader and supervising teacher of the winning school now compete at a regional level for US$5,000 for their school. The winning team also wins a trip of seven days, expenses paid, STEM Ambassador’s programme in Tampa, Florida in July 2015.
The winning project was inspired by the Styrofoam containers generated during lunch and how to not only get rid of them, but gain something else from the product. Using a lime juice concentrate, the students dissolved the containers into a reusable glue.
Both Runner-Up categories were snagged by Harrison College, whose projects won them Most Creative and Innovative and Best Use of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.
In third place was a group project involving solar energy and metal plates to detect vehicular weight and traffic lights to regulate traffic flow into and out of the Crumpton Street entrance of the school onto Roebuck Street and minimise traffic jams.
In second place were Sean Gloumeau and Stefano Chance also using solar energy. They created a parabolic mirror using recycled material at the school, which would follow the path of the sun and generate power for the school’s greenhouse and be a component in reviving the school’s abandoned kitchen garden. The pair said if done right, vegetables can not only be grown for the school, but sold to the public and create extra income and fund other extra-curricular activities.
Lois Oliver of the Caribbean Science Foundation told the participants that the judges were impressed every project was accessible and implementable. She implored the contestants to seek the judges’ advice after the competition as to how best to find ways to make their projects a full reality.
The Sagicor Visionaries schools competition aims to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) skills and this year received 250 entries from 8 countries with one territory providing over 40 submissions.