Annandale Primary bested host Diamond Secondary to take home the top prize at the biennial Region Four Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Fair.
According to a statement from the Region Four Regional Democratic Council’s Public Relations Department, Annandale Primary’s Mathematics project was adjudged the overall winner. Second place overall was awarded to former champions Diamond Secondary, while first-time competitor Lancaster Secondary was third.
The competition, which was described by Coordinator Loren Park as “very intense,” saw more than 100 projects from 47 schools being entered across various categories. The fair was organised by the Region’s Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Democratic Council, under the theme ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics paving the way for a green and sustainable society.’
Within the Nursery, Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary categories, schools had the option of entering projects in the areas of Agricultural Science, Biology, Craft and Visual Arts, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Home Economics, Industrial Technology, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Physics and Social and Behavioural Change.
Diamond Secondary took advantage of being the host school and entered 11 projects, five of which secured prizes.
The statement noted that Chief Judge Gerald Jewram, in his evaluation, pointed out that the interest of several students was evident and he commended their knowledge.
He, however said that despite the excellent showing by several projects, there were some weaknesses, which he hoped that teachers and officials within the department would work to address for the next competition.
Park indicated that the presentation to the top three schools will be made at a specially arranged presentation ceremony slated for next week.
In the Nursery category, under Craft and Visual Arts/ Environmental Science, Hand-en-Veldt, La Bonne Intention and Lusignan nurseries took first, second and third place, respectively. Under Mathematics/Science, first, second and third place went to Helena, Annandale North, and Diamond nursery schools, respectively. Hand-en-Veldt Nursery also won best overall project, for its modernising coconut oil production project as well as the best booklet and best oral presentation prizes for Craft and Visual Arts. The prize for best booklet display was won by Annandale North Nursery for Mathematics and Science.
In the Primary category, under Mathematics, Annandale, Chateau Margot and New Diamond Grove took first, second and third place, respectively. For Craft and Visual Arts, La Bonne Intention, Swami, and Annandale won first, second and third place, respectively. Under Environmental Science, Cane Grove, Lusignan, and Silver Hill primary schools took first, second and third place. Under Science, first, second and third place went to Clonbrook, New Diamond Grove, and Enterprise primary, respectively.
Annandale Primary captured all the special prizes, winning for the best overall booklet/report, best overall display, best oral presentation and best overall primary project.
In the Lower Secondary category, taking first, second and third place in Home Economics was Lancaster, Soesdyke and Paradise secondary schools, respectively. In Environmental Science, Hope, Golden Grove, and Friendship captured first, second and third, respectively, while in Agricultural Science Beterverwagting Practical Institute Centre, Diamond, and Golden Grove secondary took first, second and third place, respectively.
Under Social and Behavioural Change, Diamond bested Beterverwagting, while Golden Grove Secondary came out on top in the Craft and Visual Arts section. For both Mathematics and Integrated Science, Annandale Primary Top won first place over Diamond Secondary. Diamond Secondary was the lone winner for Information Technology.
Capturing special prizes were Golden Grove Secondary for the best booklet for Agricultural Science; Lancaster Secondary for the best oral presentation prize and best display in Home Economics; and Diamond Secondary, which took the best overall prize.
Meanwhile, in Environmental Science in the Upper Secondary category, Diamond, Covent Garden and President’s College took first, second and third place, respectively.
For Integrated Science, the first, second and third place winners were Covent Garden, La Bonne Intention, and Dora, respectively. However, under Agricultural Science, Annandale Secon-dary took first place over La Bonne Intention. For Visual Arts, Diamond bested President’s College, and Golden Grove Secondary. Diamond also took first place in the Home Economics section, with Beterverwagting and President’s College coming in second and third, respectively. For Mathematics, first, second and third place went to Covent Garden, Annandale and President’s College.
Industrial Technology saw Annandale, Beterverwagting, and Diamond taking first, second and third, respectively. For Information Techno-logy, Covent Garden, Diamond and Beterverwagting were first, second and third, respectively. The winners for Physics and Biology was Diamond Secondary. However, for Chemistry the first and second place positions were taken by Bladen Hall Multilateral and Hope Secondary, respectively. First in Social Behavioural Science was Buxton Secondary, followed closely by Soesdyke Secondary.
For special prizes in the Upper Secondary category, Covent Garden Secondary won for best booklet, while Diamond Secondary took the prizes for best oral prize and the best overall project.