8th Annual FortisTCI National Science & Technology Fair Prepares Students for International Competition

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Mar 22, 2017

8th Annual FortisTCI National Science & Technology Fair Prepares Students for
International Competition

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Wednesday, March 22, 2017) – FortisTCI (the Company) is pleased to announce the winners of the FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair held in conjunction with the Ministry of Education on Providenciales from Wednesday, March 8th – Thursday, March 9th 2017. Now in its 8th year, the event was held at the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex under the theme, ‘Innovative Exploration through the Scientific Method’.

Nearly 150 primary and high school students took part in the two-day event, which included science quizzes and project competitions for both primary and high schools as well as a graphic arts and creative arts poster competition for high schools. Also included in the Education Week activities was the Turks and Caicos Islands National Museum Foundation’s History and Cultural Heritage Quiz held at the Brayton Hall on Tuesday, March 7th 2017. Seven schools from around the islands competed for the coveted title of History and Heritage Cultural Quiz Champs and after 100 questions, it was Raymond Gardiner High School of North Caicos that emerged victorious.


FortisTCI Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and CFO Ruth Forbes said, “The National Science and Technology Fair is no doubt a game-changing partnership that will deliver significant value for our young minds and by extension, the country. Science and Technology are disciplines critical to the sustainable development of any country, and as such, FortisTCI is excited about engaging our young people in scientific and technological exploration outside of their norm. We were proud to see the high quality and creativity that went into the various projects; indeed, this fair plays a vital role in nurturing the future science and technology talent of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The top award went to Holy Family Academy, which won the high school science project competition with their creation of a 3-D printer. These winning students will be sponsored by FortisTCI to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held in Los Angeles in May 2017. There they will represent the Turks and Caicos Islands by observing the fair, which will allow Turks and Caicos Islands to officially participate in this prestigious event next year.


This year, there were several changes to the standards of practice for the FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair as all students competing in the science project portion were required to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth in the ISEF guidelines, as preparation for the upcoming official visit from the ISEF representatives to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Given the many changes to the longstanding standards of practice, all the schools did a great job of implementing these guidelines into their projects.


FortisTCI would like to say congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s fair and thank you to the Ministry of Education, which hosts the event in conjunction with the Company every year. A special thanks also to the supportive members of the community who came out to cheer on our country’s young minds and everyone who helped to make this event the amazing success that it was.

Full listing of the winners is as follows:

Primary School Quiz Winners:
1st Place: MILLS Institute
2nd Place: Adelaide Omeler Primary School
3rd Place: Provo Christian School


Primary School Project Competition Winners:
1st Place: Providenciales Primary School, Project Name: Which Fruit has the most Vitamin C
2nd Place: Iris Stubbs Primary School, Project Name: Salt Water Electrical Circuit
3rd Place: Eliza Simons Primary School, Project Name: Wi-Fi Blockers


High School Quiz Winners:
1st Place: British West Indies Collegiate
2nd Place: H.J. Robinson High School
3rd Place: Clement Howell High School


High School Project Competition Winners:
1st Place: Holy Family Academy. Project name: 3-D Printing.
2nd Place: Turks and Caicos Islands Comprehensive High School. Project Name: Waste Management
3rd Place: British West Indies Collegiate. Project name: The Efficient Conversion of Hydrogen Power


Creative Arts Competition Winners:
1st Place: Raymond Gardiner High School
2nd Place: Clement Howell High School
3rd Place: Marjorie Basden High School


Graphic Arts Competition Winners:
1st Place: Holy Family Academy
2nd Place: Raymond Gardiner High School
3rd Place: H. J. Robinson High School


History and Cultural Heritage Quiz Competition Winners:
1st Place: Raymond Gardiner High School
2nd Place: H.J. Robinson High School

 

 

Holy Family Academy’s project, ‘3-D Printing’, was awarded first prize in the 8th Annual FortisTCI
National Science & Technology Fair. Pictured left to right are the proud winners: Kate Almendrala,
Rebeka Charles, Declan Beresford, Di'Avion Thomas, Albert Dayupay and Bridgit Tyson.

 

 

 

TCI’s Director of Education Edgar Howell presents the trophy for first place in the Creative Arts
Competition in the 8th Annual FortisTCI National Science & Technology Fair to Raymond Gardiner High
School’s Briann Gardiner.

 

Notes to Editors:

1) FortisTCI Limited (FTCI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc., and is the sole provider of electricity in Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays. In August 2012, Turks and Caicos Utility Limited (TCU), which is the sole provider of electricity on the Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, was acquired by FTCI. Together the two companies serve more than 14,500 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands archipelago. FTCI and TCU have an aggregate diesel-fired generating capacity of approximately 82 megawatts. For additional information, visit www.fortistci.com


2) Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with assets of more than CAD$48billion. The Corporation’s 8,000 employees serve customers at utility operations in five Canadian provinces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean countries. Fortis shares are listed on the TSX and NYSE and trade under the symbol FTS.
Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.comwww.fortisinc.com  or www.sec.gov.

 

CONTACT:
Talisha Simons
Director of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
FortisTCI Ltd
Tel: 649-946-4313 Ext. 2519

Email: tsimons@fortistci.com