PCJ Schools En­ergy Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners get $2m in prizes

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THE PETROLEUM Cor­po­ra­tion of Ja­maica (PCJ) has awarded over $2 mil­lion in cash and prizes to 30 stu­dents who emerged as win­ners in its 2016 Schools En­ergy Pro­gramme Com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which is com­prised of an es­say, sci­ence and poster chal­lenge, is the cul­mi­na­tion of the Schools En­ergy Pro­gramme which the PCJ ex­e­cutes each aca­demic year. The flag­ship ini­tia­tive in­volved more than 1,000 stu­dents from 75 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools across the is­land.

Par­tic­i­pants learned about a wide range of so­cial and eco­nomic en­ergy is­sues, as well as meth­ods of en­ergy pro­duc­tion and the im­por­tance of ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion. Ex­po­sure to these crit­i­cal is­sues came through the pro­gramme’s en­ergy sem­i­nar se­ries as well as guided tours of lo­cal en­ergy fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the JPS’s hy­dro plant and wind farm, which are both in St El­iz­a­beth, as well as the Wig­ton Wind Farm in Manch­ester.

“The PCJ has the task of ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about en­ergy is­sues and our stu­dents are a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant target group,” said

Group Gen­eral Man­ager Win­ston Wat­son.

“Through our Schools En­ergy Pro­gramme, we ex­pose young per­sons to en­ergy mat­ters in a fun and in­ter­est­ing way which, we hope, will en­cour­age them to be­come ad­vo­cates for en­ergy con­ser­va­tion at home and school,” he added.

The poster com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenged stu­dents to il­lus­trate var­i­ous en­ergy con­cepts, while par­tic­i­pants in the es­say com­pe­ti­tion were asked to dis­cuss some of the chal­lenges en­coun­tered with the gen­er­a­tion and use of re­new­able en­ergy. The sci­ence com­pe­ti­tion was a group ef­fort which re­quired stu­dents to de­sign and build a model so­lar-en­ergy sys­tem that could pro­vide en­ergy for their school.

The top three entrants in each cat­e­gory of the com­pe­ti­tion re­ceived $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000, re­spec­tively. Most of the cash prizes were un­der­writ­ten through spon­sor­ship sup­port from sev­eral pub­lic- and pri­vate- sec­tor en­ti­ties, in­clud­ing JMMB, JPS Foun­da­tion, Pear Tree Press, Petro­jam, Ja­maica En­ergy Part­ners, Power Gen Lim­ited, Petro­jam Ethanol, Dig­i­cel Ja­maica, Devel­op­ment Bank of Ja­maica, Half Moon Re­sort, Petro Caribe Devel­op­ment Fund, Wig­ton Wind Farm Lim­ited, Restau­rant As­so­ciates Lim­ited and May­berry In­vest­ments Lim­ited.

Min­is­ter of Sci­ence, En­ergy and Tech­nol­ogy Dr An­drew Wheat­ley poses with stu­dents from Cam­pion Col­lege, who topped the 16-19 age cat­e­gory of the sci­ence com­pe­ti­tion in the PCJ Schools En­ergy Pro­gramme. The win­ning team of Ma­lik Gra­ham (left), Je’nine...

It was all smiles as group gen­eral man­ager of the Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion of Ja­maica (PCJ), Win­ston Wat­son, poses for a photo with stu­dents from the Con­vent of Mercy Academy (from sec­ond left), Deni-An Den­nis, Xsay­nia Young, Hay­ley Baugh and Ayanna...

Af­ter ac­cept­ing the cham­pion’s tro­phy for cop­ping the top spot in the 13-15 age cat­e­gory of the sci­ence com­pe­ti­tion at the Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion of Ja­maica’s (PCJ) Schools En­ergy Pro­gramme Awards Cer­e­mony, mem­bers of the Half Way Tree Pri­mary School...

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