Innovation powerhouse Northern Caribbean University (NCU) has retained first place in the National Science and Technology Competition hosted by the Scientific Research Council (SRC).
In fact, the Mandeville-based institution walked away from the annual National Science and Technology Fair held at Hope Gardens on July 4 with first and second-place positions.
Last year, team ‘Pneulyfe’, led by professor of Microbiology, Patience Alonge, brought home the first-place trophy as well as the best commercial product trophy. She again led this year’s winning team, consisting of Yanque Yip, Orlando Hamilton, Oshea Nelson, and Dr Gordon Lightbourn. Their research project, ‘SoTare, the Root Tube Hydroponics System’, presented a way to battle production expenses and land space for growing of yams and sweet potatoes, while simultaneously fighting deforestation and current heavy environmental issues.
The second-place team presented the ‘Pet Eat Timing System’ to better manage feeding times of animals and pets. The group was led by faculty member Keron Tooma and included students Tyler Foster, Ryan Dixon, Ramon Nelson, and Jermaine Smith.