FortisTCI President and CEO Mr Eddinton Powell was on hand during the opening ceremony with encouraging words for not only the participating youth, but for all the youth throughout the TCI. He stated. “The annual Science Fair is actually one of our biggest community initiatives. We realize that we have a responsibility to help foster and develop local technical and engineering expertise by encouraging our high school students to get involved in the sciences. To see science as fun and cool.”
Projects included a range of useful experiments such as; mosquito repellent and insecticide, organic dyes, fish leather, fire extinguishers made from seashells, soaps made with local materials, solar water heaters, and sound dampening materials. Of course despite the great effort put into each entry from the students, only select projects and posters could claim top honors and receive awards and those awards went to:
Science Quiz Completion: 3rd place – Maranatha High School, 2nd place – Raymond Gardiner High School, 1st place – British West Indies Colligate.Science Creative Arts Competition: 3rd place – Holy Family Academy, 2nd place – H.J. Robinson High School, 1st place – Raymond Gardiner High School. (First place winner in this category received $200.00 cash prize.)Science Graphic Arts Competition: 3rd place – Clement Howell High School, 2nd place – H.J. Robinson High School, 1st place – Raymond Gardiner High School. (First place winner in this category received $200.00 cash prize.)
Science Project Competition: 3rd place with $300.00 cash prize – H.J. Robinson High School. Project name: Soaps From Indigenous Plant Oil Extracts from Coconut and Castor plants, 2nd place with $500.00 cash prize – Holy Family Academy. Project name: Fish Leather using Recycled Salmon Skins, 1 st place with $1000.00 cash prize – Champions for Christ International School of Excellence. Project name: Natures Touch - Exploring the use of locally sourced Neem as a Mosquito Repellent and Diffuser.
The Department of Education’s Director, Mr Edgar Howell, was pleased with the turnout for the fair. Regarding the success of the event he said, “Each year the science fair gets bigger and the students continue to surprise us with their inventive and well thought out projects and with FortisTCI’s continued support I’m sure the coming years will continue this trend.”
FortisTCI has now been the primary sponsor of the National Science Fair for four years and plans to remain as such in the years to come. The advancement of science and technology are driving factors in the development of nations and FortisTCI aims to help the islands’ youth strive toward making those advancements for the betterment of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Notes to Editors:
1) FortisTCI Limited (FTCI) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc. located in Newfoundland, Canada in August 2006. 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 in August 2012. FTIC is the sole provider of electricity in Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays, and South Caicos. Together the two companies serve approximately 12,000 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Utilities have an aggregate diesel-fired generating capacity of approximately 75 megawatts. Additional information on FortisTCI can be accessed at www.fortistci.com.
2) Fortis Inc. is the largest investor-owned gas and electric distribution utility in Canada. Its regulated utilities account for 90 per cent of total assets and serve more than 2.4 million customers across Canada and in New York State and the Caribbean. Fortis owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets in Canada, Belize and Upstate New York. The Corporation’s non-utility investments are comprised of hotels and commercial real estate in Canada and petroleum supply operations in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
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