21 teams of Okinawan high school students, selected from the 31 teams that applied, competed in the 3rd SCORE! – Science in Okinawa: Research for Enterprise - contest on Saturday 13 December.

SCORE is a science festival with a difference as the students are judged as much on their presentation skills and the potential of building a business from their project, as they are for scientific content.

It was a near impossible job for the panel of distinguished judges to come up with winners as the quality of the projects and presentation was extremely high.

The first prize, a study tour to California, was awarded to Nago High School “Effects of pH and light on the phototrophic bacteria living in Nago High School.”

Second prize went to Hokubu Agricultural High School “Aiming to spread the restoration of a traditional Ryukyu Snack.”

Third prize was given to Kubasaki High School “Dapper Robot.”

A Special prize was awarded to Miyako Sogo Jitsugyo High School “For protecting the life sustaining groundwater of Miyako island the development of an environmentally fertilizer utilizing phosp.”

Two more prizes were given to Nago High School “Aim at becoming an environmental consultant” and Okinawa College for Technology “Development of beauty products that use the Gettou.”

“I was so impressed by the quality of the presentation. Several teams spoke in English. It is hard enough to give a talk in a large auditorium but to give the talk in a foreign language deserves special praise,” said Neil Calder, OIST Vice President for Communication and Public Relations.

SCORE was jointly organized by OIST, the American Consulate General Naha, and the Okinawa Prefectural Government. Many thanks also to all the sponsors whose generosity made SCORE an unforgettable day for the young scientists of Okinawa.

by Neil Calder

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