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JPS science expo starts Thursday

Published:Monday | February 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM
George Palmer (right), chemistry teacher at Kingston Technical High School, explains the production of biodiesel to students attending the Jamaica Public Service Science and Technology Expo at Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston last March. - Ian Allen/Photographer

Jamaica's MAJOR Science and Technology Exposition for students attending primary through to tertiary institutions is now set to kick off its 2010 series.

Sponsored by the Jamaica Public Service, the expo, which is held in collaboration with the Scientific Research Council and the Association of Science Teachers of Jamaica, is enjoying its eighth year.

This year's theme, 'Green Technology for Survival', will afford science students the opportunity to unveil inventions, innovations and scientific displays, which they can use to promote national and international development.

These displays will be showcased at the three regional expos, the best of which will go on to the national finals, where all displays can contend for top awards, including cash and prizes.

The three regional expos will be held in Mandeville at the
Golf View Hotel
this Thursday; at the
West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
in Montego Bay on March 18; and at
The Jamaica Pegasus
in New Kingston on March 30. The national finals will be held at the National Arena on April 29 and 30.

Special categories

While participants will compete for top places in their grades, there are also special categories in which the budding scientists will be recognised. These include the Most Innovative Display, Best Use of Indigenous Material and Best Illustration of Energy Use.

Last year's winners at the national finals were the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), with their display, titled 'Buzz Extractor', a cost-effective alternative to the commercial honey extractor, currently available on the market for bee farmers. They made their innovation from a plastic drum and recycled bicycle parts. The CASE science team walked away with the Top Tertiary Award, Most Innovative Display and Best Overall Display.

The top winners in the Grade Categories saw all three regions represented, as Excelsior Primary School took the grades four to six category, with their 'Ackee Power' display; DeCarteret College walked away with the top award for grades seven to nine with 'Grass to Gold; and Green Pond High School took the grades 10-11 category with '4D Lights'.