A short dress made from an old crocus bag.
A handbag created using folded magazine pages. Tables made from crates. Retired tyres turned into lovely and comfortable chairs.
A vase made from paper with sunflowers adorning it formed from styrofoam and plastic spoons.
These upcycled –– repurposed waste material thereby reducing the solid waste stream –– items, were a few of the attractive pieces that grabbed the attention of viewers who visited today’s Barbados Community College 2014 Young Scientist at Work Showcase, organized by the Science Department.
These specially mentioned pieces were among the displays coordinated by the ecology students’ Upcycling Project.
Cassandra Odle, ecology tutor, told Barbados TODAY that the students fully grasped the concept of that particular course which was evident through the project being showcased.
“They did everything on their own –– with very little guidance. I just told them to go online and research upcycling, because a lot of them wouldn’t have heard about it before. They knew about recycling, but not upcycling. They showed great interest with coming up with things to upcycle,” said Odle.
During the showcase, through scheduled speakers from various science professions, students were exposed to lectures that highlighted topics such as cybersecurity and Internet governance, chemical engineering, agriculture and risk management and insurance, among others.
Meanwhile, other science students showed off natural teas, naturally made capsules, soaps, lotions and make-up products they had crafted and were graded on. Secondary school students and members of the public joined the campus population to view the displays.
Akilah Williams, coordinator of the showcase, explained that the exhibition of the second-year science students’ final projects was to give the public an example of work being done at the college, as well as expose students to different career options available.
“We want to give the students a well rounded glance at what the opportunities are for them because it is important to paint that picture for them,” Williams said.