The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), SAGICOR, and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) believe that, with a little help, Caribbean governments and organizations could significantly boost sustainability in the region. Help is particularly needed in the translation of Science and Technology research into economic benefits. Critical to this effort is involvement at the community level, where residents of local communities are able to make informed decisions about how they can live more sustainably and are involved in proposing and implementing solutions that improve everyone’s wellbeing. These are Sustainable Caribbean Communities (SCC).
In building Sustainable Caribbean Communities there are several characteristics of Caribbean life that must be addressed, including the role of local knowledge, our limited natural resources, and our vulnerability to the impacts of climate change on our food, health, energy, and water security. We strongly believe that innovation in science and technology must play a critical role in overcoming the challenges to building successful sustainable communities.
This Challenge is aimed at secondary school students who are encouraged to identify a challenge facing their respective school or school of choice, and using STEM, develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenge identified. These solutions will form the basis of the school’s entry to the Competition. Entries will first be evaluated and judged at the national level in each of the Challenge Countries, with the winning school in each country moving on to the final competition in Barbados where regional winners will be selected. Representatives of national school winners and their respective teachers will also participate in a 7 day all expenses STEM Ambassador Program to Florida.
This challenge is currently being implemented in the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
Goals of Challenge
- Boost institutional capacity in STEM in the secondary schools in the Challenge Countries.
- Ignite interest among youth in the Challenge Countries for innovation in STEM to help build and integrate sustainable communities throughout the Caribbean.
- Integrate knowledge gained from formal and informal education to enable tomorrow’s leaders to build a more sustainable Caribbean.
How It Works
This challenge will take place at the National Level and then the Regional Level.
If you are an eligible student you should:
- Review the sustainability resources on this website, speak with people in your school & community about projects needed to make your area cleaner, safer, healthier, happier, and more prosperous.
- Think of a mind blowing project that can make your school more sustainable and integrate science, technology, engineering and maths. Form a team with your friends if that will make it successful.
- Speak with your parents/guardians, teachers etc. and ensure they will enter your project into the competition.
- Make sure your school representative or parent/guardian registers your project through the Sagicor.org website between the Competition Entry Period.
- Provide a signed Parental Agreement form at the day of the National Competition to the Competition Entities.
- Design an exhibit that best represents the project & that:
- can be set up within an hour.
- can be dismantled within an hour.
- does not require anything other than a space, poster board provided by the Competition Entities, & electric outlet. Competition Entities will provide a 6 foot x 6 foot space for each Entrant, a poster board, table and a chair that is protected from the sun and rain, and an electric outlet. Entrants are responsible for bringing anything else related to her/his exhibit.
- Attend the national competition and set up the exhibit.
- Answer all questions from Competition Judges and the public attendees who visit the exhibit space.
The National Level consists of an electronic submission made online, in which a student or group of students describe STEM based products and services, or use some aspects of, or a combination of STEM to improve, or propose a solution to a problem in their schools and/or communities. Students will then present their projects at a National competition which will be held between February and March 2013.This will occur in each of the 12 participating Caribbean Countries – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago.It will consist of a live fair with the representatives of the participating schools presenting their submitted idea. The way in which the idea is presented will be left entirely to the imagination of the participant(s).
Sagicor will provide a 6ft x 6ft exhibit space, a poster board and access to electricity if needed. A panel of Judges will evaluate the Submissions. Each individual student, and the student selected as a Team’s leader will be required to answer questions from the Judges, about their Submission. A National winner and two runners up will be announced at the end of the National Competition based on the three top scores.
The Regional Level will be held in a Barbados in April, 2013. The Regional Competition will consist of a live fair with the representatives of each National winner presenting their projects from the Competition Submission. There will be a live exhibit of the ideas contained in the national winning Competition Submission, and a verbal presentation by the representative of each National winner, not to exceed five (5) minutes in length. Representatives of each National winner will be required to answer questions about their Submission.
A Regional winner and two runners up will be announced at the end of the Regional Competition based on the three top scores.The winning Entrant from each of the National Competitions will qualify and be required to participate in the Regional Competition.
A student representative of each National winning Entrant must attend in person along with his/her Supervisor, to compete in the Regional Competition. If the winning Entrant is represented by a Team or Group, only one member of the Team as determined by the Entrant, and the Supervisor will be eligible to attend the regional competition.
Sagicor will provide each National winner with: (i) two (2) round trip economy airline tickets for the student representative and his/her supervisor to the country in which the Regional Competition is being held. Accommodation, and other arrangements will also be included for the student and his/her Supervisor during the Regional Competition.
At both the national and regional level, entrants will be able to get mentorship from the program. A mentor is someone who is ready to spend time, lend expertise, share experience, and commit to developing someone who will become a Young Caribbean Visionary.
|Prizes for each National Competition||Winner||1st Runner Up||2nd Runner Up|
|Caribbean Science Foundation computerized mobile science & technology center||1||1|
|CXC approved science kits||4||3||3|
|The team leader & supervising teacher will be the country representative at the Regional Level||1|
|An all expenses paid 7 day STEM Ambassador Programme in Florida for the team leader & supervising teacher||1|
|10 annual challenge trophies – e.g. most relevant, most creative etc.|
|Prizes for Regional Competition||Winner||1st Runner Up||2nd Runner Up|
|$5,000 US||$3,000 US||$1,000 US|
|Regional challenge trophies – e.g. most relevant, most creative etc.|
SAGICOR VISIONARIES STEM Ambassador Program: Winning students/teams along with their teacher from the sagicorvisionaries.org National School’s Challenge will be invited to participate in an all expenses paid for STEM Ambassador Program which will occur in Florida during Summer 2013. Through this program they will participate in diverse inquiry based STEM learning experiences at places like the Kennedy Space Center and that integrate with existing unversity STEM/sustainability inititiaves lead by Caribbean diaspora faculty at one of the Florida institutions of higher learning.