Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Students get innovative at SRC's Science and Technology Fair

Several learning institutions across the island put their scientific skills on display on Thursday at the Scientific Research Council's (SRC) National Science and Technology Fair. 

The event saw an interesting display of items from areas of Information Communication Technology (ICT), agriculture, solar, education, mobile application and beauty from primary, secondary, tertiary institutions, along with 30 firms. 

SRC's manager of information services, Kerry-Ann Curtis said the annual fair seeks to help students showcase their ideas to help solve problems. 

“We are a creative set of people as Jamaicans and so the science fair is a medium for students at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels to showcase their ideas as they try to solve our problems,” Curtis. 

SRC fair

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Vere Technical combined its engineering and electrical departments to build a Remote Irrigation Vehicle (RIV) to water and fertilise greenhouses. 

Student, John Simpson said the irrigation system is aimed at improving efficiency and preventing blockage during the irrigation and fertilization processes. 

"This will reduce the labour that occurs during this process because it is hectic and this will add the right ratio and so on. All you have to do is complete a process and the machine will do the work. It is programmed to allow the operator to do little or no work," Simpson said.

Herbert Morrison Technical High built an application that takes users onto a virtual compound of its Montego Bay-based school. 

“We recreated the entire school and did some programming to put systems so that the user will be able to use a controller or touchpad and walk around the entire school,” said Anthony Brown. 

Half-Way-Tree Primary created a solar cooking device that allowed food to be prepared without using fossil fuels but the energy of the sun. It also created Project Green 2018-2019 Initiative, which tries to limit the negative effects of climate change.

Student Imani-Lauren Folkes said the aim was to help mitigate against some of the negative effects are rising seas and oceans levels, increase global temperatures and beaches going extinct.

Sa-Lae Bingham said that the project took about one year to come to fruition with many factors affecting the final outcome.

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