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Out to push innovation

Despite placing second in the inaugural Sagicor V Challenge, one local secondary school has so impressed a regional science-based foundation that they are trying to see how to push their projects forward.

Challenge Leader with the Caribbean Science Foundation, Dr. Maya Trotz said this week that even beyond the school’s entry, which focused on greenhouse and livestock sustainability, there were other areas of interest at the school that they were interested in.

“Two weeks ago I had an opportunity to go and visit St. George Secondary where Mr. [Stephen] Proverbs, and I can tell you the excitement that he showed me there and all of the ideas and projects he has or things he wants to do with St. George to make it more sustainable were pretty mindblowing and we are going to follow up with him on those projects. It just was not the one that was entered for this project,” said Trotz.

St. George’s project on plant and animal sustainability in the competition came behind St. Winifred’s winning Healthier Lungs with the help of the CARbon-ioniser, but ahead of the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary’s Green Light, It Doesn’t Only Glow It Grows.

Trotz told Barbados TODAY that one of the things they wanted to do now, beyond the competition was to see how they could continue to foster this enthusiasm for science in the schools in Barbados as well as the other islands.

She pointed out St. George Secondary because she said beyond what they did for the competition, there was a lot of potential for that school to develop more science-based ideas.

In Barbados, about three schools that entered were looking at sustainable agriculture, including St. George, she noted.

“St. George came and had a lot of the hands-on that they had already built in the lab and I went to visit the school and the lab, there was Mr. Proverbs showing you everything that they had been working on. So we went out to the greenhouse where he is hoping to implement a lot of these things and it ties in because they also participate in Agrofest. So their project proposal which they sent, which was about 37 pages, shows how you tie in the two,” she recalled.

The Seventh Day Adventists and Springer Memorial, she said also presented projects involving a greenhouses or sustainable agriculture, as did several other countries in the region who entered.

“The work that we have to do now, especially from the Caribbean Science Foundation side is how do you get these three schools together to move on it and we have a team of mentors looking and interested in pushing that sustainable agriculture idea forward,” she noted.

She said given that this was the very first competition, they were still in the early stages of putting all the data together to make the next steps. (LB)

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