Students of seven secondary schools, on Wednesday March 27, 2013 exhibited their best sustainable solutions to challenges facing them and their communities via Sagicor’s Visionaries Challenge Competition.

Applicants were required to submit their proposals online ensuring that each solution used science, technology, engineering or math called S.T.E.M.

The aim of the Sagicor Visionaries Programme is to create a healthier, cleaner and safer Caribbean community that is more resilient to food and water scarcity.

Sagicor visionaries was conceptualised by Sagicor Life Inc. in collaboration with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and The Caribbean Science Foundation.

Cheryl Rolle, General Agent at Sagicor-Dominica gave a brief overview of the competition at the exhibition.

“When the concept of this challenge was presented to Sagicor, we saw it as a wonderful opportunity for students, teachers, schools, communities and the region.  The challenge was established as a way to encourage young people to think of innovative ways so that we as a region can establish and maintain sustainable Caribbean communities.”

The projects were submitted as follows: the Dominica Seventh Day Adventist School with a UV ray purifier and a presentation on sun-drying fruits for preservation...

...the Portsmouth Secondary School attempting to rejuvenate soil for farming; the Castle Bruce Secondary School had a mobile e-world...

...The Dominica Community High School submitted two entries-a system to pump water from a nearby river into their school yard and a presentation on recycling leaves.

...and the St. Martin Secondary School proposed an electricity-powered flush-o-meter to replace tank toilets.

The Dominica Grammar School submitted five entries: poly-culture farming; the positive effects of sulphur on crops; the effects of fertiliser on crops; a presentation of how changes in water affect crops, and the rate of growth in seeds with no organisms in the soil.

Vice President of Marketing at Sagicor, Tracy Knight-Lloyd said she was enthusiastic about the displays.

The exhibits were judged by seven experts in related fields.

The criteria included creativity and innovation; project plan and design; relevance to sustainable Caribbean communities and presentation.

The St. Martin Secondary school copped the winning position with their project “Flushometer.”

Coming in at first place was the Dominica Grammar School with the positive effects of Sulphur on crops project and at second place was the Convent High School with a project dubbed “Eco Dining Hall.”

Students of the St Martin Secondary School provided an eco friendly way of dealing with the challenge of the inability to flush the toilets at their school effectively when there is low water pressure or no water.

This project portrayed toilets which used less water than regular toilets and were powered by solar energy.