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Vere students make mark with machines - Team shows winning creations at Denbigh

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM
John Simpson (left) of Vere Technical speaking about their winning project – the atmospheric water generator and acquaponics machine at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show on Sunday.
Creative ways of using bamboo was on display at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.
Face-painting was also part of the Denbigh experience.

In one corner of the William Shagoury Building at the 65th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon last weekend stood two machines - an atmospheric water generator and an acquaponics machine.

Designed by a group of students from Vere Technical High School in Clarendon - Rohan Berry, Justin Thomas, John Simpson and Charles Xavier - the creation also won an award from the Scientific Research Council of Jamaica.

The Gleaner caught up with the youngest member of the team, third-former Simpson, who said the rest of the members were away in Trinidad representing the island, "but someone had to be left behind".

Expanding on the concept behind the two machines, Simpson said the idea came about after they started building a greenhouse at the school and wanted to do it outside of the institution's budget, as there was a continuous need to find water for the greenhouse.

"So we decided to make a machine that would solve the school's problem and, at the same time, save on its electricity bill," he said.

The solution - the atmospheric water generator and acquaponics machine.




The acquaponics machine, which uses mineral water and recycles water, works with an insulated pipe with minimal dirt placed inside of them.

"We can grow plants through this because they have the continuous recycling of water," points out Simpson, noting that they use mineral water in the process.

He shared that the system can be used in mass production with almost any plant.

The atmospheric water generator uses hot air and cold air to make water. The system is powered by copper coiling, and Simpson said it is a good absorber of heat or cold.

The students did not stop there, as they also built a vertical wind turbine powered by a solar panel.

Being the youngest member of the team, Simpson said when he heard about the project they were doing, he really wanted to be a part of it and was happy when they allowed him.

"I love electrical engineering. My father and sister are both involved in it, and I, too, will be embarking on it after school," he said.

Simpson's dream for the machine is that it will be distributed across Jamaica.