The T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) is the winner of the 2013 Sagicor Visionaries Challenge.
The lone tertiary institution in Grenada defeated seven secondary schools throughout the country to move onto the Regional leg of the competition, which takes place during the month of April in Barbados.
The team, captained by Stacey Charles and comprised of 22 first and second year students, displayed their presentation via a laptop under the headline “Water Stryders” which focused on conserving water and promoting good health by going green.
The Grenada leg of the competition was completed last week Tuesday at the National Stadium where all projects were displayed and judged.
The project entails collecting rainwater, which is stored in covered containers and stored in solar distillers.
It also includes the collecting of wastewater from the labs that is purified by using algae.
Eight schools participated in the Challenge instituted by SAGICOR the (Sponsor), in partnership with the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) located at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Bridgetown Barbados (the Competition Administrator) and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) whose head office is located at the Garrison, St Michael, Barbados (Partner).
The competition is intended to boost institutional capacity in the secondary/high schools in the Challenge Territories, ignite interest among youth in the Challenge Territories for innovation in Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) in an effort to build and integrate sustainable communities throughout the Caribbean; and Integrate knowledge gained from formal and informal education to enable tomorrow’s leaders to build a more sustainable Caribbean.
The programme targets secondary school students, who are encouraged to identify a challenge facing their respective school, school of choice, or community and, using STEM, to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenge identified.
These solutions formed the basis of school’s Entries to the Competition, which was evaluated and judged at the national level in each of the 12 Challenge Territories.
Each national winning school will compete in the finals of the regional Competition.
In addition to participating in the regional leg of the competition, team leaders from all winning teams throughout the region and their respective teachers will travel to Florida later this year to participate in an all expenses paid STEM Ambassador Programme.
Chief Judge for the Challenge in Grenada, Lyndonna Webster said she did not expect the high quality of productions displayed by the “budding scientists”.
She said the level of creativity in the eight participating schools is “mind-boggling” and that every aspect of the competition is at a high standard.
She commended both participants and their teachers for their brilliant creativity.
Grenada’s Challenge participants are St Joseph’s Convent, St George, who placed third with their presentation “Oil Skimmers to the rescue”, St Mark’s Secondary which placed second with their presentation “Agriculture – our way forward”.
The other participating schools were Presentation Brothers College, Boca Secondary, Westmorland and Grenville Secondary.
The SAGICOR Visionaries’ Challenge participating countries are, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.