Wolmers High School for Boys turned out the victors of the National Competition of the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge on Friday, March 22 held at Sagicor’s head office in New Kingston.
The initiative in conjunction with the Caribbean Science Foundation and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) sees winners from Caribbean territories such as Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago competing at a regional level.
The Wolmers Boys’ School is to be awarded a Vernier Computerized Mobile Science & Technology System and five CXC approved chemical kits in the coming days to aid biological and chemical research for their win.
Jasmine Jarrett, Biology teacher at Wolmers Boys shared that the concept of the winning team’s project ‘Electrolyte – Making Your Electricity Bill Lighter’ was derived from Physics teacher Elton Robothom. The Electrolyte is a device used to measure electricity in a user friendly format which will allow households to monitor consumption, garner price checks and attain customised tips on how their household can conserve energy.
Local coordinator Dr. Sheena Francis explained that “The Challenge urges our future leaders to identify a challenge facing their respective school and develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to eliminate or reduce the challenge identified. Wolmers came out on top for crafting a very novel and useful concept using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) as a critical component.”
Ingrid Card, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Sagicor shared similar sentiments, saying “Science students from high schools all across the island came out on Friday to exhibit ways in which their respective communities can implement solutions that will inevitably improve the wellbeing of their immediate surroundings. Sagicor believes in the capacity of our youth to contribute positively to the improvement of the welfare of our people and our country.”
The Wolmers Boys’ student team, led by Odaine Lorne and coordinating teacher Elton Robothom have been awarded airfare and accommodation by Sagicor Life Jamaica to move on to the final competition in April in Barbados where a regional winner and recipients of sectional prizes will be selected. The two will also participate in a seven day all expenses STEM Ambassador Program to Florida. Through this program they will take part in a diverse inquiry based STEM learning experience at the University of South Florida, the Kennedy Space Center, Disney World’s Epcot Center and the Museum of Science and Industry.
The Mannings School and Immaculate Conception High School each had two teams. The second runner up title went to Immaculate’s Grey Water Project while Bamboo versus Carbon Dioxide by The Mannings School was awarded the first runner up position. Mannings is to receive a Vernier Computerized Mobile Science & Technology System and five chemical kits and Immaculate will receive 10 chemical kits for their efforts.
Among the other schools which participated in this year’s challenge were Clarendon College, DeCarteret College and Waterford High School.