For their classic innovation, rare ingenuity, offbeat creativity and uncut courage, brilliant students of Community Secondary School, Aka Offot, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, have picked the gold prize of the Sixth Nigerian Secondary Schools Science Project Exhibition.
Sponsored by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture in collaboration with Intel Corporation, Initiative for Sustainable Education Development (ISED), Communication and Information Resource (CINFORES) and the Rivers State Government, the Niger Delta community school beat more than 13 other top winners from their zones across the country to clinch the grand prize and win a convincing lead to participate as Nigeria’s top flight contingent to the world acclaimed International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in San Jose, California, United States of America in May.
With their Supreme Indicator, the amazingly high quality scientific marvel, the youthful but wonderful community students scored an aggregate of 73.6 per cent to emerge the best in the ground breaking 2010 National Festival of School Science Project Exhibition, held at the auditorium of amphi-theatre of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Nkporlu, Port Harcourt, recently.
At the end of the two-day event held March 8 and 9, students of College of Education Demonstration Secondary School, Ekiti, Ekiti State, grabbed the silver medal and a chance to participate at the ISEF 2010 gathering of world amazing scientific whiz-kids in the USA.
The smart and bold students added an unusual cutting edge to their Making of Anti-Skin Infection Cream from Local Materials, and amassed a convincing 71.8 per cent to place second best.
However, a solo effort of a brilliant student of St. Joseph’s College, Ondo in the Design and Construction of a Cassava-Starch Processing Machine, won expert judges’ fascination to place third best with an aggregate score of 68.4 per cent.
The Tide gathered that all three exhibitors, adjudged best intriguing innovations by a panel of scientific scholars and field experts, including University of Benin-based professor of manufacturing engineering, and chairman, engineering fabrication and production committee, Akii Ibhadode, National Programme Coordinator, Curriculum Development, Federal Ministry of Education, Prof Michael Adikwu, Manager, Geo-Solution, SPDC, Nedo Osayande, A. Obaje and E.A. Ogujor, will enjoy full sponsorship by SPDC JV and Intel to the ISEF 2010 convergence of young talents, and rare thinkers, where they would compete to bring laurels and honour to Nigeria.
Similarly, two students of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology Demonstartion Secondary School, Nkporlu, Port Harcourt, have made the premier science and technology institution and Rivers State proud by emerging winners of the Sixth Nigerian Secondary School Science Quiz Competition, held in Port Harcourt.
The school scored a total of 42 points to beat a solo female student representative of Greater Tomorrow College, who garnered 37 points to emerge second best.
She mesmerized and puzzled the auditorium ahead of two student representatives of Government Science College, Ayede, Ekiti State, who scored a total of 36 points to place third in a keenly contested intellectual game that explored the principles and theories of the core science subjects of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, agricultural science, among others.
These three schools upstaged two students of the school, which led Nigerian delegation to the 2009 ISEF in the USA, won a grand award and also produced one of the Top 10 Most Amazing Children in the World, Homat Private Schools, in Lagos State, to the fourth position, with 34 points.
In their separate speeches, Social Performance Manager, SPDC, Mr Emeka Obi, Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel West Africa, Mr Olubunmi Ekundare, Executive Director, ISED, Dr Jerry Orhue, Director, Higher Education, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Mrs M.O.Solomon, and Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, Mrs Victoria Tekena, lauded the students for their creativity, innovative thinking and brilliant performances, and tasked those billed to participate at the 2010 ISEF in the USA to improve on their inventions, exhibit courage and boldness in order to win more laurels and honours for Nigeria at the global stage.
Highlights of the fair and quiz contest were a written test, project exhibition, dance/musical performance, and presentation of awards, certificates, plaques, classmate computers to all winning students/teams and schools, books to schools and dictionaries to teachers of winning students.
Representatives of Rivers and Bayelsa State ministries of education, Vice Chancellor, RSUST, Prof Barineme Fakae, and Prof Akii Ibhadode, and all 13 schools which participated in the grand finale of the competition received a fully-loaded classmate computer each, just as the best three project exhibitors got a nod of full sponsorship to the 2010 ISEF in the USA, courtesy of SPDC JV and Intel Corporation.