In an effort to bring greater awareness to the existence of natural fibres and to the current and potential uses of indigenous fibres, the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), in collaboration with the Natural Fibres and Seeds Project, is hosting a poster competition.

The competition is open to students at all secondary schools, the Barbados Community College and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, and will run from Wednesday, February 11, to Thursday, March 19.

The theme of the competition is: Beyond the Bush, and students may use this as a guide to formulating their project concept. Individual entries are not permitted and students must participate in teams of three to four persons. Teams must select one fibre only and submit one poster only.

Posters must be submitted to the NCST in a completed format ready for hanging, sized 36 inches by 24 inches. Additionally, posters must demonstrate creative use of the selected fibre or seed through a well-articulated concept or, if possible, proof of that concept.

The concept must be the original creation of the student group. Posters must not contain names of students nor schools. This information must, however, be affixed at the back of the poster and on the entry form. Photographs must be original and not internet obtained.

Type size should take into consideration visibility from a reasonable distance, and should not be smaller than 14 point.All posters become the property of the BIEP, the entity managing the Natural Fibres Project. Submission of a poster therefore means permission is given to display or to utilise that poster at the discretion of the organisers.

First and second prizes will be awarded for The Most Innovative Concept and there will also be first and second prizes for the Best Poster Presentation.??Students are asked to submit their posters by Thursday, March 19, to the NCST Building on Reef Road, Fontabelle, St. Michael, no later than 4:00 p.m.

Interested persons should call the NCST at 427-1820 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., for further information.??The Natural Fibres and Seeds Project is an initiative of the Barbados Institute of Environmental Professionals (BIEP), and is funded by the UNDP Global Environmental Fund Small Grants Program and co-funded by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.

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