Tuesday 23 July, 2019

NCU, Vere, Seaview Gardens top SRC’s science and technology contest

Photos by Marlon Reid

Photos by Marlon Reid

Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Vere Technical High and Seaview Gardens Primary won their respective sections of the Scientific Resource Council's (SRC) Science and Technology Fair last Thursday.

Northern Caribbean copped first and second prizes with their entries, Root Tube Hydroponics System and Pet Eat Timing System, while the University of the West Indies finished third with Agri Monitor.

The NCU duo of Yanque Yip and Orlando Hamilton said they were confident of their Root Tube system which can grow yams, sweet potatoes - tubers.

“The current traditional methods that are used, lead to deforestation and with the current environmental issues that we have, we are trying to find measures that eliminate such practices that lead to climate change,” Hamilton said.

Other benefits of the Root Tube Hydroponics System include less use of land space and production expenses.  

Yip and Hamilton were awarded tablet computers, while their teachers received gift baskets courtesy of Digicel.

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Students of the second-placed team, also from NCU along with third-placed UWI earned smartwatches, while the teachers received gift baskets.  

In the high school category, Vere Technical earned the top prize for its Remote Irrigation Vehicle (RIV) finishing ahead of Kingston Technical, which conceptualized the Solar Cooker and Lennon High with Cash Bush.

Vere Technical won $150,000 for science equipment, with the students getting smartwatches and the teachers receiving day passes for a resort. Students of both Kingston Technical and Lennon received Bluetooth speakers with the teachers getting hand watches.

John Simpson of Vere Technical, said, “every time we compete we try to outdo ourselves from the year before. It is a wonderful feeling to know that the hard work has paid off and we plan to go for it every year.”

Lennon High won the most environmental friendly innovation award and the best commercial application for Cash Bush. Meanwhile, Vere’s RIV was recognised as the most innovative and Herbert Morrison’s Augmented Reality Technology project was lauded for the best use of technology.

In the primary category, Seaview Gardens secured the first and second spots with Styromania and Fruitensils respectively, while Half-Way Tree Primary finished third with Solar Cooker.

Seaview Gardens received $150,000 for science equipment, with the winning students of Styromania getting tablets preloaded with PEP material and the teachers receiving day passes for an attraction.

Seaview Gardens students who worked on Fruitensils, as well as those from third-placed Half-Way Tree Primary, received Bluetooth speakers. The teachers from Seaview Gardens were awarded book vouchers and those at Half-Way-Tree Primary received gift baskets.

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