Vere Tech are champions, again

BY SHANAE STEWART
Staff reporter
stewarts@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, July 08, 2019

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Clarendon-based high school, Vere Technical, walked away with the first place title for the third consecutive time at the Scientific Research Council's (SRC) Science and Technology Fair that was held at the Hope Gardens Complex last Thursday.

Vere Technical also walked away with the title of of most innovative secondary school.

The team entered the competition with their Remote Irrigation Vehicle (RIV), which is a machine used to make life easier on the farm as it is able to water crops and spray insecticides without a farmer being physically present.

Before the winners were announced it was clear that Vere's project resonated in the minds of the patrons.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams, said in her speech that the RIV was one of the projects that stood out in her mind as it depicted just how well the students did their research.

She said that the RIV is also a positive for farmers as it relates to health, as with the RIV, farmers will not have to come in contact with harsh chemicals.

When the Jamaica Observer spoke with the students and teacher responsible for creating the winning piece, they could hardly contain their joy.

Omar Blagrove, the teacher who worked closely with the team, said, “I am feeling extremely happy. This is our fourth time winning the competition, but our third consecutive win. Initiatives like these keep our students happy and we thank the SRC for the opportunity and Priscilla Deans from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics department for working closely with us.”

Stefawn Lampart, a team member, simply said, “Mi feel good!” which was followed by a hearty laughter.

“I am feeling wonderful as I have been a part of the winning team for three years now, and it's great to know all my hard work has paid off. I intend to continue to work closely with the team so that next year we will be victorious again,” John Simpson, another team member said.

Team members from Northern Caribbean University (NCU), who were the tertiary winners, too, were elated.

Tyler Foster, who was a part of the winning team shared just how grateful he was for the opportunity and also said, “We are very happy. All the hard work that we have put into the project while balancing our school work, it paid off.”

The winning project for NCU, Pet Eating Timing System (PETS), enables the owners of animals to monitor and feed them without being physically present.

The winner for the primary level was Seaview Gardens Primary School.


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