Nine Secondary Schools across the island are competing in the 2016 Sagicor Visionaries Challenge.
The schools are the Castle Bruce Secondary, St Mary’s Academy, Dominica State College (DSC), St Martin Secondary, Goodwill Secondary, Convent High School, Pierre Charles Secondary, Dominica Grammar School, Seventh Day Adventist and Portsmouth Secondary.
Over 25 students from the schools displayed their talents through projects at the competition being held at the St Alphonsus Parish Hal in Goodwill on Wednesday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, General Manager of Sagicor Life Inc, Cheryl Rolle told students, “Today is not the end of your abilities, today is just the beginning and a continuation of the gifts that God has bestowed on you.”
She encouraged students to include that information when applying to Universities.
“When you are applying to universities in your application you can actually put in that you were a participant in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition,” she said. “Those things will enable you to maybe get scholarships because of your ability to be a team worker and your ability to be a team worker and your ability to do science projects.
Rolle was also happy to see that a lot of young men took part in the competition this year.
She described all participants as winners and thanked them for taking time to work on their projects and to showcase their abilities.
Meantime; one of the eight judges, DSC Educator Luther Kosowan said students present at the competition are showing a level of inspiration and understanding that exceeds most common sense.
“What we see here and what we have been seeing in the past amazing,” he stated.
According to him, “If you can invent something in your mind you can invent it physically.”
Kosowan further added that the world does not progress on the backs of those that don’t do anything.
The SAGICOR Visionaries Challenge was introduced to promote Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) in schools across the Caribbean.
The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge was conceptualized by Sagicor and the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), in partnership with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and aims to promote the use of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to problems.
This year winners will once again have the opportunity to take an all-expenses paid trip to Florida where they will tour related institutions and experience S.T.E.M. in action.
Sagicor Visionaries Challenge 2014 winner was Jeaselle Blaize who represented the St Martin Secondary School.