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Sagicor fostering innovation

springermemorialworkshopOn April 3, the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge national competition will be held in the courtyard of the former Administration Building at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The winning team will then compete in the regional competition, also in Barbados, on April 12.

The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge was conceptualised by Sagicor and the Caribbean Science Foundation, in partnership with the Caribbean Examinations Council. These organisations hope to foster innovation, among the scientists of tomorrow, that solves challenges faced within our local communities and the region at large.

The aim of the challenge is to enable students to contribute to the establishment of sustainable Caribbean communities, through the integration and application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.).

In the 12 countries where the challenge has been piloted, officials have received close to 170 submissions from more than 100 schools.

“We are very pleased with the response from the teachers and students,” said Tracey Knight-Lloyd, Assistant Vice-President of Marketing, Sagicor Life Inc.

“We’ve received invaluable support from the Ministry of Education from the onset of the challenge and without their support the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge would not have been possible.”

Visiting Research Scientist from the University of South Florida and representative of the CSF, Associate Professor Maya Trotz, outlined the challenge:

“Students submitted their project ideas on our website, they were matched with a mentor, and now they must demonstrate what their project is about and why it should win the national competition. We encourage students and members of the public to visit the Cave Hill Campus to view the exciting ideas which the students have worked on.

“We received 11 promising entries from the Barbados Seventh-day Adventist Secondary School, Christ Church Foundation School, Ellerslie Secondary School, Harrison College, Providence Secondary School, Springer Memorial Secondary School, St. George Secondary School, The St. Michael School, St. Winifred’s School and a home-schooled entrant.”

Prizes in the national competition include a computerised technology centre and science kits for the school and one student representative will travel with a teacher to Florida, for an all-expenses-paid S.T.E.M.-related tour. The tour includes visits to the Kennedy Space Centre, the Museum of Science & Industry, Disney World’s Epcot theme park and the Patel School of Global Sustainability.

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