More than 70 science projects to be displayed
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sport and the Caribbean Science Foundation and Sagicor Life Inc. will be hosting the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge 2014 competition from November 28 to the 29th at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
This year, more than 70 entries were recorded and again, Guyana leads in the number of entries in the region. In 2014, 33 project entries were submitted from Guyana which resulted in Guyana entering the highest number of projects for its national competition in the Caribbean.
In preparation for the national competition several school based workshops and follow up visits were conducted by the Science Unit, NCERD. Students are required to identify a problem facing their school or local community and use Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to propose a sustainable solution and as a result, the following projects were entered:
- Biological control for Chickungunya
- Automated sprinkler system
- Water purification systems
- Fast food fuel
- Harnessing of Rain water
- Making paper from rice straw
- Use of Piezoelectricity
- Green spaces for a sustainable future
Winners of the Guyana Sagicor Visionaries Challenge 2014 competition will be competing with other schools from countries such as Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and Tampa, Florida (Hillsborough County, U.S.A.). Each country hosts a national competition to select its national winning team. Each winning country team will meet in Florida in July, 2015 for the Regional competition and STEM Ambassador Programme.
The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and Sagicor Life Inc. came together in 2012 to launch the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge competition to engage secondary school students in the Caribbean to develop problem solving skills. Guyana participated in 2013 when the first national and regional competitions were held. The Zeeburg Secondary School represented Guyana in Florida with their winning national project – ‘a solution to a shrimp drying situation’. On April 24-26, 2014, the Ministry of Education hosted its National Science Fair at the Anna Regina Secondary School in Region 2, under the theme: “Science Mathematics and Technology: Providing solutions for the 21st Century”.