Friday, 16 March 2018

ALIV Congratulates St. John’s College on Solar Car Project Documentary Launch

Nassau, The Bahamas– January 11, 2018 ALIV is pleased to have been able to serve as the official telecommunications sponsor for the first ever in the region, St. John’s College Solar Car Project.

A project that consisted of 20 personsincluding 10th, 11th and 12th graders, led by Father Shazz Turnquest, built a fully functional solar powered car from scratch to be entered in the Solar Car Challenge which was held in Dallas, Texas last year July.

Ahead of the challenge, ALIV not only tested the car but also ensured that all persons were able to travel to Dallas to participate in the international competition. Chief ALIV Officer (CAO) Damian Blackburn brought brief remarks following the viewing of the St. John's College's Green Lightning Solar Car Documentary, held at the school on Thursday, and said the project is one that goes beyond ALIV and St. John’s.
“The reason we wanted to be so involved in making this documentary was because this is ultimately about shinning the light on the young people of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  It’s about seeing and knowing what is possible when young people are given the time, talent, coaching and the tools to do something.”
ALIV donated over $10,000 to the overall solar car project and assisted with travel expenses for the students.
The team successfully attended the Solar Car Challenge, passed the necessary tests to make it onto the track and though they did not win they learned some very valuable lessons according to SJC Principle Dr. Nevillene Rolle-Evans.
“The students learned time management most definitely, team work and above all else who to be great winners. Though they did not walk away with a trophy of their own, the winning team gave The Bahamas team one of their trophies and commended the team on coming from so far and on the first time around passing a round at the competition that some 10 other teams were unable to.”
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