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Science fair gives students chance to shine

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Students from schools across the island showed off their innovations in science and technology, while competing for attractive prizes at the Scientific Research Council's (SRC) National Science and Technology Fair 2016. The fair was recently held at the Girl Guides Association headquarters under the theme, Youth-centred Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development.

It attracted entries from 19 primary, secondary and tertiary-level institutions.

The fair allowed science students the opportunity to unveil inventions, innovations and scientific displays which can be used to promote national development, as well as to improve their environment.

Seaview Primary in Kingston was the winner in the primary school category for its Mosquimed Repellent and Pain Reliever.

Local ingredients

Manufactured from local ingredients, the product is environmentally friendly and is said to protect against insect bites and also helps to alleviate pain. It also received the prize for Most Potential for Commercialisation.

Mona Preparatory, and Half-Way-Tree Primary in St Andrew placed second and third, respectively.

In the secondary-school category, Holland High from Trelawny placed first, with Knockalva Agricultural School taking second place, and Titchfield High, third.

Holland High's project demonstrated how tyres can be recycled or reused to create household and garden furniture, pet beds, speaker boxes and other functional items.

The Mico University College won the coveted first place in the tertiary category as well as the most innovative display, while Moneague College took the runner-up spot.