Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC), Dr Vaughn Lewis, has expressed confidence that the country has a good future in engineers, doctors and teachers.
Lewis, who was speaking last Friday, November 11 at the VINLEC-sponsored prize giving ceremony of the National Science Fair, reminded the students that they are just as intelligent and capable as everybody else.
“We are small islands but that doesn’t mean we have small brains,” he told those gathered for the closing ceremony of the VINLEC National Science and Technology Fair Award Ceremony at the Kingstown Anglican School Annex.
The fair saw 338 students from 33 schools submitting a total of 201 projects under the theme ‘Scientific Innovation and Creativity: Keys to our Nation’s Resiliency.’
Education Officer For Science, Juanita Hunte-King shared the same sentiments while expressing how pleased she was to have seen such massive participation from the Grenadines.
Hunte-King, who also was coordinator of the Fair said there had been an improvement in the quality of projects submitted this year.
“These projects here are golden,” said Hunte-King while sharing her hopes of having the projects on display in an auditorium in which there can be “a space for science to blossom.”
Later, in an interview with SEARCHLIGHT, Hunte-King said “This has been a very exciting event; organising it has been challenging but rewarding at the same time. I enjoy seeing events like these come up because they give students the opportunity to showcase what they’re doing”.
“ It give persons from the public the opportunity to show what they have been doing in the name of science,” she observed.
The Education official added that she had seen a lot of evidence of students trying to listen and to stick to the theme of this year’s event.
“This can be something that triggers more Vincentians to feel and to know that they can overcome any challenge because of their knowledge of Science, their creativity, their ability to think innovatively and so forth,” she said.
The Fair concluded with the Girls’ High School, Bishop’s College Kingstown and Georgetown Secondary School receiving the Most Outstanding Secondary School Award; and the Calliaqua Anglican School, Lower Bay School INC and St Mary’s RC receiving the Most Outstanding Primary school Award.
The fair was held at the Kingstown Anglican School Annexe over a period of one week beginning on Monday, November 7 and concluding on Friday November 11.
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