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Schools win big in PCJ energy contest

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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W inners of the 2017 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ)Schools Energy Programme Science Competition will earn a solar water heater from Conserve It Limited. Cedric Titus High, which won the 16 - 19 age category of the science competition, also earned a $500,000 grant to implement their proposed renewable energy solution at the school.

The Schools Energy Programme, which is executed by the PCJ each academic year, saw close to 2,000 students from 85 primary and secondary schools gaining exposure to the energy industry through seminars, where lectures were delivered by industry professionals and tours at energy-related facilities.

Participants, aged six to 19, also had the opportunity to demonstrate their grasp of energy concepts and share their views on matters affecting the sector by entering the science, essay and poster competitions.

The essay and poster competitions challenged students to channel their knowledge and creativity to propose written or illustrated solutions to current industry issues. The science competition, meanwhile, asked students to use their technical capabilities to design and build models of their school facilities which incorporated renewable energy or energy-efficiency solutions.

The awards ceremony was held at Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. Further to the prizes in the three categories, last year the PCJ introduced a project implementation prize which was awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winning entries in the 16 to 19 age category in the science competition, which went to Campion College and Herbert Morrison Technical High. Each institution received a contribution of $500,000 for partial funding of the installation of the energy-efficiency system that the students designed.

The PCJ's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department oversaw the implementation of both projects and the systems at the two institutions. They are currently operational and will be officially handed over when the new academic year starts in September. The PCJ will also guide the implementation at Cedric Titus High School.

“The Schools Energy Programme is stimulating a way of teaching our nation's children the importance of energy and how it is generated while fostering their creativity,” PCJ Group General Manager Winston Watson said at the award ceremony.

“The entries in the competitions demonstrate that the students who participated in the programme have developed an understanding of the issues that affect the energy industry, which is one of our goals as we seek to create an energy-conscious society,” he added.

The PCJ received sponsorship support to underwrite cash and prizes from a range of public and private sector entities.

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