Harrison College wins U.S. Embassy’s STEM Video Competition for Barbados

Principal of Harrison College, Juanita Wade (center), science teacher Sean Hunte (left), and the group of second-form students who submitted Barbados’ winning entry receiving the grand prize from U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela (right).

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that the winner of its STEM Video Competition in Barbados is Harrison College.

The contest, which was open to all secondary school students in Barbados over the age of 13, required students to produce a short video explaining why STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — is important in their community. The contest supported the U.S. Embassy’s goal of promoting STEM education as a driver of sustainable economic growth, and as a means to foster innovation and empower youth.

A group of seven, second-form Harrison College students, supervised by teacher Sean Hunte, beat out several other schools from across Barbados. The group won the competition by cleverly demonstrating how STEM could be used to calculate the height of a building.

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda Taglialatela congratulated the students from Harrison College, and commented, “We are thrilled that we received so many thoughtful and creative entries. I am continually amazed by the talent and creativity of students in Barbados and across the Eastern Caribbean. They showed us why STEM is important in their lives and to their futures, and that makes the Embassy’s ongoing commitment to STEM education feel even more worthwhile.”

The students of Harrison College won a grand prize package for their science department that included a Celestron telescope, books, and other STEM-themed items worth approximately USD$800.

You can view the winning video here!