Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Monday, February 27, 2023) - The FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair is returning to the country's calendar of events on March 2, 8, and 9 after a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2023 theme is "Empowering minds, inspiring innovation, and advancing science for a brighter future."
The staple event spanned ten successful years before the hiatus, and this year's installment will feature four competitions under the science fair umbrella. These competitions are the FortisTCI National High School Science Debate, National Primary School Science Quiz, National Science Poster Competition, and National Science Project Competition.
The National High School Science Debate Preliminaries will start the events' line-up at FortisTCI headquarters on Thursday, March 2, and will be streamed live to the company's Facebook page. Seven high schools are sharpening their oratory skills to debate a range of topics, which include the reversal of biodiversity loss, national recycling mandates, greenhouse gas emission targets, human genetic testing, and pharmaceuticals versus farmerceuticals, among others.
The debate preliminaries will be followed by the science quiz, debate semi-finals, finals, poster, and project competitions on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, and Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex during Education Week. The National Science Project Competition comprises 18 entries from high and primary schools, while the science quiz has 14 primary schools registered to compete. The science poster competition has up to 16 primary and high schools registered.
A closing awards ceremony and announcement of winners across all competitions will be held at the sports complex on Thursday, March 9, starting at 5:00 pm. The public is invited to any and all events to support the nation's bright young minds.
FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes stated: “The National Science and Technology fair is one of our largest and longstanding community events. We are proud to steer the return of this grand occasion during Education Week. The fair and its associated championships provide a space where ideas are birthed, and innovation can blossom. Even during the event’s two-year hiatus, alternative programs were introduced by FortisTCI to ensure these crucial areas in education remain at the forefront. We take pride in our role as good corporate citizens and our ongoing work in youth development and the wider community."