Greensprings students win STEM competition with biodegradable food packaging design
Greensprings School has defeated 43 schools drawn from 16 countries to emerge this year’s winner of the British International Education Association (BIEA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition.
The competition brought together educators and young people from around the world, who share a passion for STEM.
The school’s STEM team won the competition by designing a sustainable food packaging material meant to replace plastic packaging materials, which are not biodegradable.
While sharing details of the students’ project in the competition, one of the coaches, Mr Lanre Oguntoye, said, based on the theme of the competition, “Repack to restore our world,” the team proposed the use of modern technology to devise new and sustainable ways of packaging food to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced.
“Their solution was centred around the use of coconut shells as a sustainable approach to repackaging food.
The students provided insightful answers to technical questions asked by the judges and were adjudged winners of the competition,” Oguntoye stated.
The secondary school principal at the school’s Anthony campus, Mrs Magdalene Okrikri, said the award is another attestation that the school is raising global problem solvers.
“I am highly impressed that our students won this award. It was amazing how they engaged the theme and employed their STEM skills to achieve the intended objectives. The idea was quite innovative and our students communicated their idea very well. They also answered all the questions from the judges with clarity and precision. This performance further strengthens the rationale for putting thinking skills at the heart of our curriculum, as it is really helping the students to become global problem solvers, ” she said.
The five-member team comprised Ayomide Hector-Olukoya, Mayomikun Soneye, Anjola Obasunloye, Damilola Adeosun and Seni Honponu-wusu.
As the winner of the competition, all members of the Greensprings STEM team have now been accepted into BIEA STEM Stars, an accreditation programme providing an opportunity for students to show schools, universities and future employers their passion for STEM subjects.